Written by Philippa Perry

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The Meaning of… Sexual Empathy

The advent of a new year sees psychotherapist Philippa Perry continuing to offer her specialised translation services. This week, she’s all about dogging. Sort of.

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There has been a bit of hoo-hah recently in North London.

According to The Metro, Damian Duggan-Ryan, chairman of the Stoke Newington central community action panel, said: “There is loud music coming from the historic Abney Park cemetery, with copulation on the gravestones and orgies around the once-sacred chapel.”

Local shopkeepers and residents don’t like the drugs and alcohol graveyard parties and they particularly don’t like people having sex in public.

We humans are weird, compared to other species, when it comes to having sex in public. This is because we are the only creatures who are turned on by watching other people being turned on. This is why other people getting jiggy in front of us is a no-no because they are inadvertently being sexual with us without our consent.

So, if tramps have sex in front of us, it is as though they are being sexual with us, and without our permission – no wonder people don’t like it.

Personally, and probably because my house doesn’t back onto that graveyard, I’m rather impressed by the tramps managing to party on so little means, and managing to have sex after so much drugs and alcohol.

There isn’t going to be a porn section in Pets R Us anytime soon; kitties aren’t particularly interested in anyone else getting pussy.

The human capacity for sexual empathy is also what fuels the porn industry.

It’s no use showing dogs some other dogs that are having doggy sex, it won’t do anything for them, it’s only humans that like dogging. There isn’t going to be a porn section in Pets R Us anytime soon; kitties aren’t particularly interested in anyone else getting pussy.

But for some evolutionary reason humans do have a sexual response to other humans being sexual and they don’t always like it.

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Written by Philippa Perry

White middle-class-aged woman psychotherapist, author, journalist, occasional broadcaster. Likes watching telly, tweeting, eating and lying down. Great hair.