Victorian attitudes influenced what scientists thought they were observing about sexual behaviors in the animal world. But modern techniques reveal the myth for what it is.
The cultures of silence and denial that surround child sexualised behaviours mean that adults often lack the information they need to respond appropriately.
Its attitude to porn and anal sex suggests the government would benefit from some sex ed classes too.
Scientists have tended to think of nonhuman sexual behaviour as being all about reproduction. In fact, there is far more ha ha hee hee than we give animals credit for.