A new classification of zoophilia

A new classification of zoophilia Zoophilia is a paraphilia whereby the perpetrator gets sexual pleasure in having sex with animals. Most jurisdictions and nations have laws against this practice. Zoophilia exists in many variations, and some authors have attempted to classify zoophilia previously. However unanimity does not exist among various classifications. In addition, sexual contact between humans and animals has been given several names such as zoophilia, zoophilism, bestiality, zooerasty and zoorasty. These terms continue to be used in different senses by different authors, creating some amount of confusion. A mathematical classification of zoophilia, which could group all shades of zoophilia under various numerical classes, could be a way to end this confusion. Recently a ten-tier classification of necrophilia has been proposed to bring an end to a similar confusion extant among various terms referring to necrophilia. It is our proposition that various shades of zoophilia exist on a similar continuum. Thus, each proposed class of zoophilia can be “mapped” to a similar class of necrophilia already proposed. This classification has an intuitive appeal, as it grades all shades of zoophilia from the least innocuous behavior to the most criminal. It is hoped that it would also bring an end to the existing confusion among several zoophilia related terms. In addition, since each proposed class of zoophilia can be exactly “mapped” to classes of another paraphilia (necrophilia), it may point to an “equivalence” among all paraphilias not yet explored fully. This area needs further exploration. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine Elsevier

A new classification of zoophilia

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd and Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine
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1752-928x
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10.1016/j.jflm.2011.01.004
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Abstract

Zoophilia is a paraphilia whereby the perpetrator gets sexual pleasure in having sex with animals. Most jurisdictions and nations have laws against this practice. Zoophilia exists in many variations, and some authors have attempted to classify zoophilia previously. However unanimity does not exist among various classifications. In addition, sexual contact between humans and animals has been given several names such as zoophilia, zoophilism, bestiality, zooerasty and zoorasty. These terms continue to be used in different senses by different authors, creating some amount of confusion. A mathematical classification of zoophilia, which could group all shades of zoophilia under various numerical classes, could be a way to end this confusion. Recently a ten-tier classification of necrophilia has been proposed to bring an end to a similar confusion extant among various terms referring to necrophilia. It is our proposition that various shades of zoophilia exist on a similar continuum. Thus, each proposed class of zoophilia can be “mapped” to a similar class of necrophilia already proposed. This classification has an intuitive appeal, as it grades all shades of zoophilia from the least innocuous behavior to the most criminal. It is hoped that it would also bring an end to the existing confusion among several zoophilia related terms. In addition, since each proposed class of zoophilia can be exactly “mapped” to classes of another paraphilia (necrophilia), it may point to an “equivalence” among all paraphilias not yet explored fully. This area needs further exploration.

Journal

Journal of Forensic and Legal MedicineElsevier

Published: Feb 1, 2011

References

  • References to the paraphilias and sexual crimes in the Bible
    Aggrawal, A.
  • A new classification of necrophilia
    Aggrawal, A.

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