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Animals, Deviance, and Sex

Author(s): Carmen M. Cusack
Subject: Law

Book Description

Animals, Deviance, and Sex proposes that “deviance” is a fluid term that advances cultural, gender, human, and societal norms, but “deviant” labels that presume unequivocally to segregate superior human morality from animal sexuality may fail to see the forest for the trees. A plain reading of the word “deviance” may suggest scientific or quantitative classifications. Indeed, animal species may be grouped and analyzed according to generalized norms for each species. However, “deviance” may indicate moral relativism, which is fundamentally tied to historical and contemporary understandings of human sexuality and human-animal relationships. Animals, Deviance, and Sex argues that traditional and progressive classifications, analyses, and implications of human deviance could authentically be reworked in consideration of animals’ anatomy, breeding, copulation, gender, mating, nonconsent, and sexuality. Morally and ethically gray areas voluntarily and knowingly traversed by human-animal sexual linkages have expanded and become increasingly normalized by popular culture. Animals, Deviance, and Sex’s treatment of these trends is amusingly complex, yet unpretentious, truthfully proficient, and careful. Each chapter assiduously and succinctly tethers animal science, anecdotes, behavior and social science, current events, human-animal relationships, law, and theory throughout dozens of exotically-themed subchapters. Animals, Deviance, and Sex is a well-organized oeuvre demonstrating professional expertise and experience.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-8076-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-8076-0
Date of Publication: 01/11/2015
Pages / Size: 205 / A5
Price: £47.99


Carmen M. Cusack, JD, PhD, is the author of several books, including Pornography and the Criminal Justice System (2014), Criminal Justice Handbook on Masculinity, Male Aggression, and Sexuality (2015), Laws Relating to Sex, Pregnancy, and Infancy: Issues in Criminal Justice (2015), and Animals and Criminal Justice (2015). She has published numerous scholarly articles discussing animals, bestiality, comparative studies, deviance, gender, law and society, and sex, in addition to studies on relevant topics, such as nonconsensual insemination, pornography, and sex offenders. Cusack has edited the Journal of Law and Social Deviance, which publishes scholarly and scientific research articles about crime, interpersonal affairs, law, and subcultures affecting both humans and animals, since 2011, and teaches criminal justice, deviance, law, social services, and sociology courses. She previously worked as a legal clerk for a well-known animal welfare nonprofit organization, and in civil, criminal, entertainment, family, and immigration law. Her service activities include parleying with state and US Congresspersons regarding social justice, environmental issues, and international policy.