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In the current version of the DSM (DSM-IV-TR), zoophilia is not diagnosable as a psychiatric disorder unless it causes distress to the individual or harm to others. The DSM-5 draft adds a terminology distinction between the two cases, stating that "paraphilias are not ipso facto psychiatric disorders", and defining paraphilic disorder as "a paraphilia that causes distress or impairment to the individual or harm to others". This will make a clear distinction between a healthy person with a non-normative sexual behavior and a person with a psychopathological non-normative sexual behavior.

Charles Allen Moser as well as Peggy Kleinplatz criticized aspects of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, arguing for the removal of paraphilias from the manual. They wrote, "The equating of unusual sexual interests with psychiatric diagnoses has been used to justify the oppression of sexual minorities and to serve political agendas. A review of this area is not only a scientific issue, but also a human rights issue." Kleinplatz wrote, "The DSM criteria for diagnosis of unusual sexual interests as pathological rests on a series of unproven and more importantly, untested assumptions"

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Morlord Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
SO true ! Jea im Pokephilia and ? Harm it anyone or have to interest ? i don't think so let people like what they want as long as it is not illegally
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280077s Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for saying that paraphilias are not necessarily mental disorders. I'm a macrophile, and I abhor anything involving non consent, pain, harm, or death.
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aliciabeth99 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
1) Just because society says it's a nono, doesn't mean it's a nono.

2) Just because you are a phile of some variety, doesn't mean you act on it.

I am a zoophile, and my best friend, she is both a zoophile and pedophile.  She doesn't act on the pedophilia, and we both act on our zoophiliac nature.  But neither of us would ever force ourself upon an animal that didn't want it.  And she would NEVER hurt a child, they are too precious to her.
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SparxEmeraldpaw Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist
I actually never knew this. I thought zoophilia was the act of harassing the animal; not just as a sexual preference. But it's nice to know, and I'm ok with it. (If I even understood it correctly... I may still be a bit confused on the topic now.)
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Bjarru Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Well, as long as people don't harm animals there is nothing wrong
I mean. Really, they say that you're zoophil if you think that animals are beautiful or attractive. So I can't say that I think that horses and snakes are beautiful without being a zoophile?
Stupid prejudice
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Zetaliberation Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Thinking an animal is beautiful isn't necessarily zoophilic. If you had a beautiful mother or sister and thought that they were beautiful, it doesn't mean you want to start having sex with them right?

If you are attracted to animals, then yes it would be. Although "phile" is a derivative of "philos" which means love in greek. So it could be used in that context, but in our common modern language use today would mean sexual and/or romantic attraction to animals.

It's kind of like the word gay. Back in the day, gay used to mean happy and cheerful, but no one uses gay in that context hardly ever these days.
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Bjarru Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Well. "Stephanie LaFarge, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the New Jersey Medical School, and Director of Counseling at the ASPCA, writes that two groups can be distinguished: bestialists, who rape or abuse animals, and zoophiles, who form an emotional and sexual attachment to animals" (c) Wikipedia
I kinda believe professors...

I see nothing wrong with any kind of love or relationship that doesn't include abuse... It doesn't mean that I like it. But if there is no abuse I guess I kinda just ignore or support it
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aliciabeth99 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Good for you :)
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Kelsey-Kat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I can;t stand all this hate on zoophilia and pedophilia. Unless someone acts on it, there is NOTHING wrong with them. Personally, I'm a pedophile, and I would never hurt a child -.-;
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aliciabeth99 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Exactly!

1) Just because society says it's a nono, doesn't mean it's a nono.

2) Just because you are a phile of some variety, doesn't mean you act on it.

I am a zoophile, and my best friend, she is both a zoophile and pedophile.  She doesn't act on the pedophilia, and we both act on our zoophiliac nature.  But neither of us would ever force ourself upon an animal that didn't want it.  And she would NEVER hurt a child, they are too precious to her.
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Kelsey-Kat Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Out of curiosity, how do you tell if an animal 'wants it'.
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aliciabeth99 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
By them not biting/scratching/kickingyou.  And animal can and will defend itself if it doesn't want whatever's happening to it to happen to it.
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A-Drei Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Artist
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wolfiethefurry Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gawd! Thank. You. For pointing that out. I'm a female Pedophile, and a Zoophile. Does that mean I molest helpless little children? Hell no! Or force some shaking scared animal? Absolutely not!

People need to learn the difference. Much love to ya :heart:
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aliciabeth99 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Exactly.  People are too obsessed with what Society will think of them, when they should instead be merely focused on themselves, and what makes them happy.  I'm a Zoophile, and there's nothing wrong with that.

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Kelsey-Kat Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Thank you! I'm also a female/neutrois pedophile, and I have never done anything to harm a child nor do I intend to. Another thing is that just because I am attracted to children does not mean that is all I'm attracted to or that I need one to get off. I am very much content with my fiance at the moment.

I'm sorry for all the stuff you must go through, knowing how much people who are ignorant seem to hate us. Feel free to message me if you want to talk? :]
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wolfiethefurry Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I'd love to talk to you again! I also have a very loving life partner at the moment, and probably the rest of my days. And that's exactly right, it's not the only thing I'm attracted to at all. :) I'm going to add you to my watch list. Much love to you! :heart:
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Kelsey-Kat Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Much love to you as well! <3
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Reecey-Boy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm, I did not know this. But in hindsight it does make a lot of sense.

I suppose as long as only consenting adult humans are involved in the enacting of these fantasies it's none of my damn business.

It still weirds me out though...
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StrawberryR Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It causes harm to animals. :stare: If animals were considered people, you'd have a disorder. Sicko.
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aliciabeth99 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
No it doesn't.  Not with anyone sensible anyways.  Animals no how to say no.  They have teeth, claws, and hooves, and will use them if they are unhappy with what's being done to them.
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SummersBlossom Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No it doesn't. Zoophilia means animal attraction NOT rape. Get your facts right please.
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frankteller Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I am pretty sure that zoophilia means sexual attraction to animals. One might or might not act on it. See my longer comment below (or above, if you view comments oldest first). I am not at this time taking sides on whether bestiality actually harms animals.
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Weresquirrel94 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It not being a mental disorder doesn't make it okay. Sorry, but that's one of the few paraphilias I simply cannot accept and just say "whatever sails your boat, it doesn't affect me".
Sorry, but in my book, what you're trying to say/protect is wrong and sick.
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SummersBlossom Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They cannot help the way they feel, it's not like they can control their sexual desires, as long as they are not acting them out at actually raping people/animals then its fine and none of your business.
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NatalieBaileyHardin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Zoophilia =/= animal fucking.
Are you aware of this?
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Weresquirrel94 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Romantic AND/OR sexual attraction to animals. That should be a quasi accurate definition, am I right?
Please don't assume that I don't know what I'm talking about.
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NatalieBaileyHardin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. That is what it is, it doesn't mean they actually have sex with animals.
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Weresquirrel94 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We're obviously on opposing sides in this matter, so let's not even try to convince one another, shall we. I see your point but that won't make it okay in my eyes, and I'm pretty sure you understand what I'm saying too, even though it clearly won't change the way you look at it.
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NatalieBaileyHardin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No, it's not "okay". It's a mental problem that is negatively effecting someone (the person with it), so it's not okay, but it's also not (always) their fault, and not controlled.
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StupidFae Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
The way they actually do work (in diagnosis) is weird too... A lot of child molesters aren't diagnosed as pedophiles, for example.
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NatalieBaileyHardin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Because most of them aren't. Most of them are just sick fucks who get off on controlling a child. Most pedophiles end up self-harming, depressed, or even committing suicide because they're so ashamed of themselves.
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StupidFae Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Psychologists look at them after they get arrested, and not all of them are diagnosed. What you describe would get them diagnosed. There are other factors in behaviors like that besides getting off on it, even if none of them excuse it.
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NatalieBaileyHardin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No, I don't think a mental problem excuses ACTING on sexual urges you KNOW are wrong. Because they do KNOW it's wrong, most of them aren't THAT mentally unbalanced.
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StupidFae Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I know this. What I was talking about was child molesters. Not all child molesters are pedophiles just like not all pedophiles are child molesters.
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NatalieBaileyHardin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mkay. Good =P
I know people that think "KILL ALL THE PEDOS!" and they piss me off. They need HELP, not to be shunned and stereotyped. :C
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StupidFae Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Some of them have their fetish under control enough that those things are the worst they have to deal with. :noes:
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NatalieBaileyHardin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: yeah. No having to go to jail because they acted on it.
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Torotix Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
If you're trying to defend zoophilia, you're a cunt. Seriously. It's no better than paedophilery, no better than people who don't see anything wrong with rape, and I don't think it's any better than people that hunt for fun. Doesn't matter whether doctors would classify it as a psychiatric disorder or not, it's still disgusting and sick.
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aliciabeth99 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
This seems familiar... OH I KNOW.  IT'S THE SAME REFUSAL TO LEARN AND ACCEPT FACTS AT FACE VALUE.  Any -philia does not equate to rape.  a philia is an attraction.  not an action.  Also, an animal has hoves/claws/teeth, knows how to defend itself, and WILL do so if it is unhappy with what you try to do to it.
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Over-The-Fields Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Oh! Hey! Where have I seen this before? Oh EVERYWHERE
Look, you can't just call someone a cunt because they defend someone with an attraction thats just downright foolish. Zoophilia does not equal rape.
If you're going to follow the rest of what the wolrd thinks then be my fucking guest. I won't stop you :facepalm:
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aliciabeth99 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Actually, the interesting thing is that many countries are okay with zoophilia.  They have laws in place for forcing the animal/abuse, but not zoophilia/consensual sex.
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SummersBlossom Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's wrong bro, someone cannot help their sexual attraction. If they fancy animals then fine, as long as they aren't raping the animals. In case you can't tell the difference paedophilia and zoophilia just means that they are attracted to kids and animals it does not mean that they raping either! Get your facts right before you make such a comment.
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aliciabeth99 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
exactly.  animals haves the resources(claw/tooth/hoof/etc) to defend themself and will do so in any situation they are NOT okay with.
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theboxfairy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
"It's no better than paedophilery, no better than people who don't see anything wrong with rape"

Pedophilia/zoophilia is not equivalent to rape. Attraction is one thing, the ability to hurt a living creature is another. Stop grouping things together and learn a bit about a topic before you make assumptions, you ignorant fuck.
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frankteller Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I am not familiar with paedophilery. Do you mean pedophilia? Technically, that means sexual attraction to prepubescent children. What if a person does not act on it? Would it be harmful then? If so, why? I do not mean to defend pedophilia. It is just that people use the term in a way that makes it nearly impossible to determine what they are talking about, unless they assume that all pedophiles act on it.
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Emmasj Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
You do know that zoophilia isn't the same as bestiality, right?

Also, cunts are nice and fun. :)

Calling a sexuality "disgusting and sick," despite the fact that it hurts no one, is no better than homophobia.
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StupidFae Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I basically agree with what you're saying, besides the fact that not all zoophiles or pedophiles would actually find acting on their fetishes justifiable... I'd think people who commit bestiality would qualify for a diagnosis under "harm to others". (Not all child molesters are diagnosed as pedophiles, because there are a lot of reasons that can cause people to rape/molest kids apparently... It might be similar for zoophilia, I don't know.)
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Jiangxi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I agree with this statement. I still think bestiality-offenders should be given the death penalty.
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