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What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?$
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Vinciane Despret

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692378

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692378.001.0001

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For Zoophilia

For Zoophilia

Can horses consent?

(p.203) Z For Zoophilia
What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?

Vinciane Despret

, Brett Buchanan
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the resurgence of older laws on bestiality under the prevention of “sex abuse”, the evacuation of consent when animals are considered property, and the debate around considering every sexual act with animals a priori as abuse. The author draws on philosophers Michel Foucault and Marcela Iacub to explore the state management of sexuality around the paradigm of consent, and the legal void that it produces for sexual subjects, humans or otherwise, who are defined incapable of giving consent

Keywords:   queer geography, bestiality, sex abuse law, consent, property, social contract, Michel Foucault, state management of sexuality

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