Cornell University lecture (Sept. 23, 2011): ‘Divine or monstrous love’: Alexandridis on bestiality in ancient Greek art,
“Bestiality” has no equivalent word in ancient Greek, Alexandridis noted, but art from that culture did depict zoophilia: a “strong emotional bond between humans and animals that can also include sex acts.” If you wish to view the article where this statement originated, link to http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Sept11/LIBbestial.html
Remittance Girl’s response to PayPal’s recent censorship of erotica.
Defending the Indefensible: Bestiality in Erotica #censorship #erotica #paypal
…if you don’t stand up for the stuff you don’t like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you’ve already lost.
Why defend freedom of icky speech? Neil Gaiman, 2008
This week, I’ve seen a lot of authors, publishers and others turn on their own kind. I’ve read a lot of statements that look like this: ‘I’m all for free speech, but PayPal is doing the internet a favor by banning this disgusting crap.”
Today, I decided to approach this from a different angle. I don’t have too hard a time defending the validity of most of what PayPal has decided it won’t process sales on. Like Mark Coker, I really can’t see what is particularly obscene about fictional descriptions of incest. Unlike Mark, I find it very easy to defend fictional rape in erotica. Probably because I have, on several occasions, written it. I find the ban on under-age sex very problematic. At a gut level, I find the concept of sexualizing children, even fictionally, very disturbing. On the other hand, this blanket ban also precludes perfectly defensible coming of age stories. It puts YA writers in a position where they cannot write about adolescent sexual experience – which pretty much means they aren’t able to address the real-world experience of being an adolescent in their fiction.
For me, fictional bestiality is by far the no-go area I have most problems with. It’s a gut level thing for me. I am just so utterly squicked out by the idea of sex with animals, I find it hard to assess it rationally.
So, because I believe that NO fiction should ever be banned, or put beyond the reach of grown up readers willing to read, I have set myself the challenge of justifying why I think that even the fictional taboo I personally have the most problems with, should be available to willing readers.
These days, the vast majority of erotic fiction that contains the taboo of bestiality comes in the form of were-animal erotica. There are probably a number of authors who write these books who are mortified to think they’re even writing bestiality at all. But I want to examine the history of the ways in which we have represented congress with animals and why we do it.
The folklore, mythologies and religions of many cultures have represented sexual intercourse between animals and humans.
Please link to read the rest of this wonderful article.
Thumb print: Roman erotic art (zoophilia, bestiality): group representing the deity carved Pan copulating with a goat. Marble sculpture from the Villa dei Papiri has Herculaneum (Ercolano). Roman copy of an original statue of the 2nd century AD. Naples National Archeological Museum, Office of secrets. (Naples, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Gabinetto Segreto)