The above video is amusing, but also raises an interesting question: what is it, exactly, that’s wrong with bestiality? Notice that the perpetrator isn’t getting it on with women and fantasizing about animals; instead, he’s getting it on with animals and fantasizing about women.
But a person who’s truly into sex with animals, it seems, would fantasize about the animals themselves. And so it raises a question: what’s more important, the inner state of the person having sex or the outward behavior? We all know it’s okay, for example, to eat a sheep, but not to eat out a sheep. And it would be double-perverse to eat out a sheep thinking of the sheep, and not of a woman.
But what if a person ate a sheep imagining himself eating a human? That would be a sick and private cannibalism fantasy, far worse than an outward act of bestiality. (Why is it primarily men who are into such evil shit?) But it wouldn’t be breaking any laws.
So what’s most important: the inner or outer life? And why can animals be used in so many abusive ways, except when it comes to sex?
Think of hunting, for example. You can chase an animal down, frighten it, kill its young and companions in its presence, and if the shot you take to kill the animal only wounds it, and it escapes into the forest, you’re under no obligation to find it again and take care of the suffering animal. You can walk back to camp and leave it to slowly bleed to death in the forest.
And you can dig into a plate of eggs and bacon every morning without the least compunction about factory farming. Factory farming causes enormous suffering to animals, but it’s accomplished by professionals who are bureaucratic and dispassionate in their work. We all know the suffering caused is nothing personal. Declaring yourself a sadist is not a plus when applying for work at a factory farm.
But if a broad-based sex-with-animals movement, grounded in nothing more than freely-chosen pleasure, ever started under the banner of “Different Species Marriage Now!”, pulpits throughout the world would declare it a sign of the end of civilization and the soon return of Jesus.
Why is that?
Is part of the taboo against inter-species sex subliminally grounded in a desire to maintain the Bible’s notion of distinct created “kinds”—a concern with the purity of the (presumed) created order of species? Perhaps only a godless evolutionist would broach such a boundary.
And speaking of evolution, does the prohibition have to do with evolutionary psychology translated into what Martha Nussbaum calls the politics of disgust?
Perhaps a big part of the prohibition is simply a desire by humans not to think of themselves as animals. Or maybe it’s presumed that sex has to have some justification beyond pleasure—some procreative purpose.
That latter notion, however, is tricky to maintain in a world where contraception and aids to masturbation (pornography) are readily available.
What’s wrong with bestiality, again?