That both male protagonists in these stories are chimaeras or hybrids suggest an interest in liminality and exploring the boundaries of “civilized” behavior, and their conceptualization of ideal relationships function as conservative defenses against neoliberal culture. Their use of animal bodies and communities propose opposing views of animal and human society: “Hunting the Hunter” posits communal relationships as largely positive alternatives to human binary pair bonding, whereas “What The Cat Dragged In” constructs animal relationships as Hobbesian and ideal human relationships as based on mutual dependence and desire.

Bryne, Aidan J. and Fleming, Samantha 2018. Sex Sells (Out): Neoliberalism and Erotic Fan Fiction. The Journal of Popular Culture
Hobbesian philosophy and Hunting the Hunter