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Dearest Pet: On Bestiality [Paperback]

Midas Dekkers , Paul Vincent
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3 Oct 2000
'People love animals - a stroke here, a pat there, a quick nuzzle in that gorgeous fur ...the amount of cuddling they get can make you jealous. In Holland, dogs are caressed more than people. Not as thoroughly, though: that one spot, somewhere down below, generally remains untouched...' Generally, but certainly not always. Kinsey's research showed that 8 per cent of men and 3.5 per cent of women had had sex with an animal, and that in rural areas the figure for men was closer to 50 per cent. Yet bestiality is almost universally condemned. While our love for animals is extolled as noble and 'natural', all erotic elements in the relationship between humans and other species are vilified and proscribed, thus consigning them to the realm of exotic pornography or crude innuendo. Even so, something remains of physical love for animals. In different forms, sublimated or occasionally celebrated, its traces can be found throughout art and popular culture: in Leda and the Swan, Beauty and the Beast or the Lorelei; in a lubricious menagerie of satyrs and centaurs, wolfmen and vampires, all the way through to King Kong and Fritz the Cat, pony clubs and amorous dolphins, or even advertisements for luxury catfoods. Dearest Pet uncovers and explores those traces, illuminating the ambivalence of human attitudes to cross-species sexuality. Its author, the biologist and broadcaster Midas Dekkers, has analysed bestiality in all its aspects - physical, psychological and legal - and examined its representations in religion and mythology, art and literature, pornography and advertising. Beautifully - and sometimes bizarrely - illustrated, his book is neither drily academic nor pruriently trivial, but erudite, witty and challenging: the first history of the last taboo. A book for animal lovers, and for those who are just their good friends.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; New edition edition (3 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859843107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859843109
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 16.9 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 620,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[Midas Dekkers] writes in a fluent, virtuoso, playful style, with striking comparisons, neat formulations and most of all with great flair. He has an unsurpassed gift for unearthing the oddest details in the biological field; his view of animals is unsentimental, but not without feeling, and some of his short sketches rank with the most moving literature on animals." - NRC Handelsblad Dekker's own dirty mind is on delightful display in Dearest Pet, one of the most engaging books likely ever to have been written on the subject of, ahem, bestiality ... Dearest Pet is an eclectic and erudite series of reflections on the sexual imagination, containing intriguing ideas on the meaning of human identity; examinations of the erotic powers of leather and fur; discussions of cross-species sexuality in writing and art, from Leda the Swan to King Kong; and presentations of some practical problems. -- LA Reader A frisky and erudite romp that rambles from discussions of myth and art to psychology and sexology ... Dekkers's book is never prurient, but it bears the unmistakable flair of a true enthusiast. -- LA Weekly

About the Author

Midas Dekkers was born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, in 1946. Trained as a biologist, he broadcasts regularly on the animal world. (the latest of many collections of his radio pieces appeared in 1992 as De Flamingo). He was awarded the prestigious Dutch 'Zilveren Griggei' in 1985 for his children's book Kijken met je handen.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't read well but this book is unique. 28 Nov 1998
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Format:Hardcover
I read this book on a research project on human sexuality. Of the millions of titles available in our school library this was the only one dealing directly with sexual behavior between animals and humans. Other surveys touch upon bestiality but this is the only book I am aware of that is wholly dedicated to it. The author begins with a personal anecdote about her close encounter as a young woman. The only problem is that the translation does not read well. I hope that a better translator pops along in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dearest Pet, good read 22 April 1999
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Format:Hardcover
I bought this book because it is something that i can relate to. Overall I give this book 4 stars. It is a rather poor transalation, it could be better but it is extreemly informative and i learned alot obout both the "historey" of zoophillia and about general sex practices that are conciddered "unuasual" by society at different points. it is one of those books that is hard to put down after you et into it. I must admit that i don't aggree with some of the veiws in it concerning peole haveing loveing relationships with thier animal lovers, and the only thing because of that that saves it from getting 2 or 4 stars is that informative nature of the book. Verry interesting and i lernt alot. I think it is a must have for any zoophile's bookshelf, or anybody who is curious concerning our sexual orientation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Guidebook For The Rank Beginner! 11 Jun 1999
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Format:Hardcover
This book is the best guidebook for anyone who has always been interested in beastiality but who never exactly knew how to go about it. Highly recommended for all zoophiles!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deeply erotic 24 Oct 1998
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Format:Hardcover
Great for those nights with your girlfriend, when your bored and fancy something different!
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4.0 out of 5 stars rather focussed away from ovoid concerns 9 Jun 2000
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Format:Hardcover
Interesting read but really neds more illustrations and more focus on sheep. Other than that I'd say it is a fairly accurate description
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