In the history of European cultures, the comparison of humans to apes and monkeys was disparaging from its very beginning. When Plato—by quoting Heraclitus—declared apes ugly in relation to humans and men apish in relation to gods, this was cold comfort for the apes. It transcendentally disconnected them from their human co-primates. In the Middle Ages, Christian discourse recognised simians as devilish figures and representatives of lustful and sinful behaviour. As women were subject to an analogous defamation, things proceeded as one would expect. In the 11th century, Cardinal Peter Damian gave an account of a monkey that was the lover of a countess from Liguria. The jealous simian killed her husband and fathered her child. She eagerly reciprocated and became helplessly hooked. From then on, the sexist manifestation of simianization was intimately intertwined with its racist dimension. Already Jean Bodin, doyen of the theory of sovereignty, had ascribed the sexual intercourse of animals and humans to Africa south of the Sahara.
By Alex Green For Mailonline. A monkey was caught on video punching a little girl in the face after she got too close while feeding the animal. In the shocking footage filmed in a zoo in China the monkey lashes out at the child suddenly and without warning. The video begins with the child crouched down helping to feed the animal. She is accompanied by an adult who is handing the monkey morsels to eat. The tiny tot was perched at the top of a flight of stone steps which she tumbles down and out of camera shot. The inquisitive child approaches the monkey unaware that it will in seconds lash out. It is thought that the child teased the monkey by dangling a piece of food in front of it before pulling away. The monkey took its revenge by punching her in the face. It is unclear where in China the footage was filmed or what type of monkey is featured.
Ouch! Monkey punches curious young girl in the face after she taunts it with food at a zoo in China
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