These are red stags fighting over does.
The urge to mate and make babies is overwhelming. For these stags, it leads them to fight, risking injury or even death. The reward for the combat is the mating itself. It seems to me that the action-reward cycle of sex is wide open for distortion by artificial means.
It's kind of like driving a McLaren on winding roads. Like this.
That's a ton of fun. Like the stags' battle, the rewards are pretty immediate. In the case of the McLaren, it's the adrenaline rush of speed and maneuverability. It makes you want to take the turns a little faster and a little faster and a little faster...
Artificial sexual stimulation makes you want to try a little more and a little more and a little more ...
Until you go over an embankment if it's the McLaren or you end up a drag queen having children fondle you like this.
A drag queen enjoys having children rub his body and breasts during a drag queen story time event pic.twitter.com/a0aN61WmY7— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) July 27, 2023
I've seen a bunch of videos like that, many from the most recent Pride month festivities, and they always make me wonder how someone can get so sexually out of whack.
The deer are doing what comes natural and what leads to baby deer. They're not trying to masquerade as does and asking fawns to fondle them. If you saw stags doing that out in the wild, you'd immediately think, "That boy's not quite right."
What if the sexual action-reward mechanisms are, like McLarens on windy roads driven by adrenaline junkies, inherently unstable?