My colleague Jon Guze discussed this earlier, wisely leaving open the possibility that this study could be a hoax. National Review and Reason, among others, have also discussed it.

Here’s an excerpt from the abstract. I am glad Guze et al. have discussed it so I won’t have to:

Specifically, and in order of priority, I examine the following questions: (1) How do human companions manage, contribute, and respond to violence in dogs? (2) What issues surround queer performativity and human reaction to homosexual sex between and among dogs? and (3) Do dogs suffer oppression based upon (perceived) gender? It concludes by applying Black feminist criminology categories through which my observations can be understood and by inferring from lessons relevant to human and dog interactions to suggest practical applications that disrupts hegemonic masculinities and improves access to emancipatory spaces.

I’ve already explained why I think we have academic papers purporting to find the secret outrages in the nicest of places: rape culture in dog parks, white supremacism in enjoying yoga, racism in the mere existence of farmers’ markets, rape in eating cheese, racist and antifeminism in Greek yogurt, racism in pumpkins, genocide in canoes, and intolerable violence in common platitudes and speaking of golf and Christmas.