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What is Zoophilia/concept/elaboration

Human sexuality presents a wide range of options and preferences. The most common is to maintain intimate relationships between a man and a woman , as homosexuality is also an option with many practitioners. On another level are the paraphilias, which are atypical sexual tendencies that have a component of rarity and perversion. One of the most striking paraphilias is zoophilia. As its name implies, it is a sexual relationship between a human and an animal .

From a cultural point of view

Zoophilia is a sexual practice that can be related to a cultural pattern, especially in men who live in an uninhabited rural environment and need to release themselves sexually because of the scarce female population . On the other hand, it should be taken into account that, in many mythological accounts of antiquity, strange animals and creatures related to sexuality appear, such as mermaids, merfolk and satyrs.

Some scholars of mythology claim that the presence of these beings in mythological accounts has some relationship with zoophilia.

A pathology with serious health consequences

In addition to the cultural issue, zoophilia is considered a pathology, that is, it is a sexual behavior deviation associated with some disorder. In some cases, this inclination is accompanied by violent attitudes towards animals and when this happens, zoophilia becomes zooerasty or bestialism.

Specialists in sexual behavior argue that zoophilia can be practiced with a particular animal species or with several species. As a general rule, this pathology is related to affective needs or unsatisfied desires.

The treatment of patients with zoophilia presents a double difficulty: its exact origin is unknown and, on the other hand, patients do not usually recognize this type of behavior.

From the point of view of sexual health, contact with animals can cause some risks: genital infections, allergic reactions, premature ejaculation, physical injuries, psychological changes, etc.

The world of paraphilias presents very peculiar trends:

– Pygmalionism consists in obtaining pleasure from observing statues or mannequins.

– Sexual satisfaction through contact with dirty clothes is known as misophilia.

– Those who have erotic desires in dark and sinister places suffer from ligophilia.

– Hematophilia consists of pleasure together with human blood.

– Anyone who takes pleasure in electric shocks suffers from electrophilia.

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