UNH Speakers Bureau
Crazy Cat Ladies: Pets and Personal Space
Everybody knows a crazy cat lady. Animal hoarding, a psychological disorder related to OCD, is on the rise. Why do people "collect" animals, and why are we so fascinated by them? By looking at the recent Broadway hit (and upcoming film) Grey Gardens, as well as reality television shows and newspaper articles, this talk shows how animal hoarders feed our anxieties about dirt and disorder, as well as our fascinations with privacy and celebrity.