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PREFACE
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-6
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-1
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-2
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-3-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

 

A fairly typical case of _zooerastia_ has been recorded in America by 

Howard, of Baltimore. This was the case of a boy of 16, precociously 

mature and fairly bright. He was, however, indifferent to the opposite 

sex, though he had ample opportunity for gratifying normal passions. His 

parents lived in the city, but the youth had an inordinate desire for the 

country and was therefore sent to school in a village. On the second day 

after his arrival at school a farmer missed a sow which was found secreted 

in an outhouse on the school grounds. This was the first of many similar 

incidents in which a sow always took part. So strong was his passion that 

on one occasion force had to be used to take him away from the sow he was 

caressing. He did not masturbate, and even when restrained from 

approaching sows he had no sexual inclination for other animals. His 

nocturnal pollutions, which were frequent, were always accompanied by 

images of wallowing swine. Notwithstanding careful treatment no cure was 

effected; mental and physical vigor failed, and he died at the age of 

23.[41] 

 

 

 

 

It is, however, somewhat doubtful whether we can always or even usually 

distinguish between zooerastia and bestiality. Dr. G.F. Lydston, of 

Chicago, has communicated to me a case (in which he was consulted) which 

seems fairly typical and is instructive in this respect. The subject was a 

young man of 21, a farmer's son, not very bright intellectually, but very 

healthy and strong, of great assistance on the farm, very capable and 

industrious, such a good farm hand that his father was unwilling to send 

him away and to lose his services. There was no history of insanity or 

neurosis in the family, and no injury or illness in his own history. He 

had spells of moroseness and irritability, however, and had also been a 

masturbator. Women had no attraction for him, but he would copulate with 

the mares upon his father's farm, and this without regard to time, place, 

or spectators. Such a case would seem to stand midway between ordinary 

bestiality and pathological zooerastia as defined by Krafft-Ebing, yet it 

seems probable that in most cases of ordinary bestiality some slight 

traces of mental anomaly might be found, if such cases always were, as 

they should be, properly investigated.[42] 

 

We have here reached the grossest and most frequent perversion in this 

group; bestiality, or the impulse to attain sexual gratification by 

intercourse, or other close contact, with animals. In seeking to 

comprehend this perversion it is necessary to divest ourselves of the 

attitude toward animals which is the inevitable outcome of refined 

civilization and urban life. Most sexual perversions, if not in large 

measure the actual outcome of civilized life, easily adjust themselves to 

it. Bestiality (except in one form to be noted later) is, on the other 

hand, the sexual perversion of dull, insensitive and unfastidious persons. 

It flourishes among primitive peoples and among peasants. It is the vice 

of the clodhopper, unattractive to women or inapt to court them. 

 

Three conditions have favored the extreme prevalence of bestiality: (1) 

primitive conceptions of life which built up no great barrier between man 

and the other animals; (2) the extreme familiarity which necessarily 


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