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The predicament of zoopleasures: Human-nonhuman libidinal relations

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This chapter examines how human-nonhuman libidinal encounters could be reconsidered from a postanthropocentric perspective. This requires a recontextualization of interspecies relations by means of a shift in the concept of sexuality: from sexuality understood in terms of instinct and biological compulsion for orgasmic release to sexuality as plenitude open to otherness. Against this background of two alternative conceptions of sexual behaviour, the chapter advocates yet another shift in comprehending human-nonhuman libidinal encounters: from bestiality to zoosexuality. Zoosexuality is a relatively new term, but practices of loving animals and making love with them are certainly not. The chapter focuses on specific contemporary phase of the visual representations of human-animal sexual encounters, focusing in particular on the attitudes towards bestiality and zoosexuality reflected in the images.

Keywords: human-nonhuman libidinal relations; zoosexuality



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