Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 32, Issue 6, pp 523-535

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Zoophilia in Men: A Study of Sexual Interest in Animals

  • Colin J. WilliamsAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
  • , Martin S. WeinbergAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology, Indiana University Email author 

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This article presents a study of 114 self-defined zoophile men who were researched primarily through the use of an on-line questionnaire. We describe how the participants acquired the identity label of zoophile, what it meant to them, and their relationships among themselves. Also examined are how they eroticized animals and how human and feral characteristics combined to form this object choice. Finally, participants' sexual profiles with animals and humans, and how the balance of animal and human desires creates different forms of zoophilia, are described.

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