Friday, January 2, 2009
Understanding the Beast
Bestiality is something that I rank side by side with pedophilia/ child rape as one of the most (if not the most) atrocious acts that humans are capable of committing. Recently, I was confronted with what could be my own prejudices during a conversation with a friend about Bestiality. Somehow, before I realized what was happening, I was defending my stance against a "sexual" act that's just gross on so many levels... an assessment reached, of course, in my undoubtedly non-judgmental, enlightened, objective and fair-minded manner :-) (*lightning).
"But it's gross" I insisted to A, who asks, "Why is it gross?"
"It just is."
"I mean if the animal is consenting..."
"But A, that's just the problem, the animal is not consenting."
"How do you know this?"
"Well, if you have a woman who spreads her legs, and entices a dog with-"
"Peanut butter" I interject.
"-Uh yeah, peanut butter, and the dog acts, then isn't the dog acting on its own free will?"
"I don't know."
"I mean, a man with a sheep, that's obviously not consent b/c there is an actual invasion there."
"Seriously A? Are we reeeeally having this conversation before breakfast?"
"Then why are you so against it?"
"Because it. is. just. gross."
"That's actually very judgmental of you. I mean, it's a sex act so to each their own. You are giving the same silly reasoning people give when attacking gays. It's just gross, etc. etc."
A is right. My reasons for finding bestiality abhorrent are quite similar to the more popular insipid arguments against homosexuality- that it's just gross. I have frequently unleashed my wrath against the same arguments, but am I suddenly in the wrong for finding bestiality just wrong? Do I actually need a better argument other than "disgusting" and "lack of consent"? Or am I similar to those that have fought against homosexuality for so long on what I completely consider baseless reasoning that should be more appropriately attributed to human close-mindedness and idiocy?
Your thoughts (and much better arguments) are appreciated.
P.s., no religious mumbo jumbo.