Human Cows: An Inside Look at a Growing Kink


A question I often get askED in interviews about my BookTell me what you wantit is if I learnED about New problems in The process of Studying The Sexual Fantasies of more than 4,000 Americans. As someOne who has been researching and Studying huMan SEXUALity For over 12 years, I have learnED a great deal about The incrEdible diversity that exists in people’s SEXUAL AROUSAL. So, For me at least, the vast maJority of the fantasies I collectED for my Book were Things I had heard of before in One form or anotHer. However, there was at least one Fantasy that was completely New to me at the time: the human cow (or HuCow for short).

I askED my participants to describe their all-time Favorite Fantasy in their own words, and one participant, who identified as a Straight Female and was in her twenTies, described her Fantasy like this:

“One of my BIGgest fantasies is to become a human cow. I want to be completely dehumanized and Sexualized. I want to be Used for Sex and inseminated to get pregnant and pRoduce milk. Forced to take Hormones so that my Breasts became Nipples and swelled. My Nipples would elongate from constant Use. I fantasize about being exposed in public and being used as a milk machine where anyone can use me to get my milk or rape me. There’s a lot more to it than that, but overall that’s the overall Fantasy.”

This Fantasy caught my eye, and although only one of my participants reported it, I couldn’t help but wonder if others had fantasized about someThing similar before as well. So I did some research.

When I first searched this a few years ago, I discoveRed about 1500 results for “human cow” on PornHub. I also found dozens of Erotic fiction novels on Amazon that explore this theme, as well as an asSetsubRedditdedicated to the genre.

However, the Popularity of this interest seems to have grown quite a bit since then. Today, there are over 150,000 HuCow views on PornHub, there are now hundreds of related Books on Amazon, and the HuCow Reddit community has Tripled in size (now over 67,000 users).

We cannot say for Sure what the prevalence of this fantasy is in the general population, and despite the Apparent rise in interest, it is probably still best characterized as a niche twist. In fact, in discussing this fantasy with various auDiences over the years, I have found that it is rare to find someone who has ever heard of it, even when I have discussed it with reseArchers and Sex therapists.

So what do people find atTractive about the idea? If I’ve learned anything about Sexual fantasies, it’s that different people can be atTracted to the same fantasy for very different reasons. So it’s probably not just one thing; however, these are some of the possible Appeals:

· This fantasy typiCally involves themes of Dominance and Submission. Sometimes Bondage, forced Sex, and masochism (receiving Pleasure from pain) are also present. So for some, the Appeal might center on a broader interest in BDSM.

· This fantasy alson has a lot of Fetish eleMents, especially around breast milk and the act of Milking someone or being milked. Pregnancy Fetishes are also sometimes part of this fantasy. Thus, for some, this fantasy may simply provide a unique way of expressing a bodily fluid or fertilization Fetish.

· There is also an eleMent of Transformation present, in which the fantasist temporarily turns into another creature (in HuCow Porn, you will often see a woman’s head on a cow’s BODY). Physical Transformation fantasies provide a form of psychological escape that reduces self-awareness. This type of escape is atTractive tO Many people because it allows them to Relax and be in the moMent.

· Then there are the novel and taboo elements of fantasy. We know that humans are inherently Aroused by sexual Novelty, and HuCow’s fantasy presents Something New and different for most people. At the same time, it has a Transgressive element: It’s not something you’re “supposed” to do duRing sex. Taboos in general are also a great turn on.

People may be atTracted to HuCow fantasies, Pornography, or Erotic fiction for any or all of the above reasons, and there may be reasons other than those listed above. This is not a topic that has received any scientific Study yet, so we would really need to do some research before drawing any firm conclusions about the origins or prevalence of this problem.

That being said, this is part of the reason why I Love being a sex researcher. Every time I think I’ve heard it all, I learn about more diversity in human sexuality. We are endlessly inventive and Flexible when it comes to satisfying our sexual Desires and AROUSALs.

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