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Love Has (NO) Boundaries: Researching a Sexual Taboo

  • Dafna Shir-Vertesh
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    Sexual and emotional attraction humans feel towards animals, also known as zoophilia, is perhaps the most controversial facet of human-animal relationships. In this article I explore this seemingly ultimate transgression of interspecies boundaries and probe the Israeli cultural encounters with it. I discern how the stated concerns for normative sexuality and animal rights masquerade the underlying factors in the zoophilia taboo, and reveal the cultural implications of human-animal sexual love in Israel. My fieldwork reveals not only the limits of acceptable human-animal love, but also the limits of legitimate research, and the consequences entailed for those who resolve to challenge them.

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    Volume (Year): 1 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 (April)
    Pages: 161-172

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    Handle: RePEc:rfa:journl:v:1:y:2013:i:1:p:161-172
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