Last year I reported on bestiality, and on my radio show discussed the comments I received from zoophiles who justify their mutual “sexual relationship” with non-human animals, like zebras, as normal. I pointed to a new documentary coming out about a man, Malcolm Brenner, who describes his mutual sexual relationship and “summer-long love affair with Dolly the bottlenose dolphin.”
This year, that documentary, called “Dolphin Lover,” won the Best Documentary Short Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The documentary was based on the book and Brenner’s writings at his blog: “Wet Goddess.”
Listen to learn more about the Dolphin Lover, and legislators in Florida who want to make beastiality legal:
Dolphin Lover tells the story of how Brenner first met Dolly in 1971 on the Southwest coast of Florida. He was a college student and she was a dolphin living in captivity. She also helped him launch his career in photography, as he began photographing sea animals at the water park, Floridaland. While working at Floridaland, Brenner entered in what he describes as a year-long mutual “romantic and sexual love affair” with Dolly, a bottlenose dolphin.
Brenner would have everyone believe that having sexual intercourse with a dolphin is normal. That people can be mutually involved with non-human animals– and that bestiality should be legal– with no stigmas attached– just like interracial relationships.
However, according to U.S. medical and mental health professionals, and the clinical definitions they use to diagnose and classify mental disorders, Zoophilia (bestiality) is one form of a mental disorder called, paraphilia (deviant sexual behavior). Pedophilia is another.
The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) defines Paraphilic Disorders as a “sexual deviation” comprised of three categories. An adult suffering from a paraphilic disorder expresses recurrent, intense, sexually arousing fantasies, and sexual urges or behaviors that either manifest in one or all three of identified sexual disorders.
Zoophilia involves nonhuman subjects, where adult human beings express an erotic attraction to animals or an abnormal desire to have sexual contact with animals.
Brenner’s perspective is not singular, and beastiality is legal in several states. Depending on how the law is written, human beings can have sex with non-human animals, like horses, cows, pigs, dogs, dolphins, rabbits or any other creature, in Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Whether or not these states and the District of Columbia outlaw the out-workings of this mental disorder is yet to be determined.