GUEST COLUMN
Nothing Sacred, Nothing Profane

September 2016By David C. Stolinsky

David C. Stolinsky, M.D., who is of the Jewish faith, lives in Los Angeles. He is retired after 25 years of medical school teaching at the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Southern California. He writes regular columns at www.stolinsky.com.

Ed. Note: Warning! This column contains graphic and disturbing descriptions of sexually explicit modern art and entertainment.

Whether or not we believe in evolution, we are forced to believe in devolution. It is impossible to deny that our civilization is on a downward trajectory, by virtually any measure. Consider:

- In 2007 the Sundance Film Festival screened a documentary film about sexual relations between humans and horses. Reviewers called the film “surprisingly tasteful” and “elegant, eerily lyrical.” (Horses’ opinions were not reported.) The film was based on the true story of a Washington man who died from injuries after having receptive sex with a horse.

- In an effort to eliminate stigma, bestiality is now referred to as zoöphilia and has been deleted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders because it is no longer considered a “pathology.” If therapists feel that zoöphilia needs treatment, they can classify it as “other disorder.” If not, they can fob it off as a normal variant of human sexuality. After all, we wouldn’t want to be “judgmental.”


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