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(NaturalNews) They call themselves "zoophiles," they have sex with animals, and now one trend-setting (or formerly trend-setting?) magazine has treated such behavior, while illegal in three-quarters of the states, as really no big deal.

In a recent 6,200-word piece titled, "What's it like to date a horse?" New York Magazine actually claimed that "zoophilia" remains "relatively little understood," as if bestiality were always just another sexual choice humans are free to make.

The magazine interviewed "a 42-year-old man from Canada" about his horse-sex experiences, which, according to the interviewee, began when he was a boy.

The magazine premises the interview thus:

In 2002 the sex therapist Hani Miletski published Understanding Bestiality and Zoophilia, a book based on her study of almost 100 zoophiles - research that led her to conclude that many form deep, loving, and very nurturing relationships with their animal partners. While it's certainly not a homogeneous community, many "zoos" (as they are known to self-identify) are monogamous and live with their animals as if they were human partners. As a result of legal restrictions - sex with an animal is illegal in most U.S. states and European countries - the lived experience of being a zoo is rarely heard outside of underground online forums or secret meet-up groups.

No big deal?

Here are some excerpts from the interview:

-- "I started to notice horses in 'that' way when I was about 11 or 12. Everybody else was stealing their dads' Playboy magazines, but I had a book called The Big Book of the Horse."

-- "At the time I didn't really think of myself as different or unusual; it was just what I was interested in. I wasn't going to go broadcast what I was doing, but I also wasn't thinking to hide. I feel like my sexual development was bang on - I just had a different affection."

-- "I'd go to pre-internet online dial-up forums and that's where I came across bestiality porn. And I didn't realize it was abnormal at that time, but the comments attached to those pictures were all going on about how disgusting it was. I was 13."

And on. And on.

The change from acts like incest, polygamy and bestiality that Western culture has traditionally viewed as intolerable is a big deal, culturally, writes Damon Linker over at The Week. And not in the manner that such acts have always been with us, but rather "the fact of an acclaimed, mainstream publication treating it as a matter of complete moral indifference."

Why this matters to our culture

Further, Linker explains:

Am I worried that large numbers of people will soon choose to shack up with their pets or farm animals? Not at all. I can't imagine that very many people will ever be drawn to bestiality, no matter how casually it is treated in the media.

Why, then, is the
New York interview a big deal? Because it's perhaps the most vivid sign yet that, in effect, the United States (and indeed the entire Western world) is running an experiment - one with very few, if any, antecedents in human history. The experiment will test what happens when a culture systematically purges all publicly affirmed notions of human flourishing, virtue and vice, elevation and degradation.

Some experts on social and cultural change have noted that other emerging trends appear to be bucking tradition, such as the move to mainstream transgendered bisexuality, as in a recent law signed in California by left-wing Gov. Jerry Brown that allows males to use female bathrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa, on school campuses, based on what the individual student perceives his/her "sexual identity" to be.

You can read the full New York Magazine interview .

You can read Linker's response at The Week





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