In real life, the idea of incest (brother/sister) grosses me out -- but that's just my subjective opinion, because I could never think about my brother that way, it's just... ew. But objectively, I'm not so judgemental about it or creeped out. If two people love each other and they don't see each other as siblings, then why is that so wrong?
We don't choose who our parents are. We can't choose who we fall for... emotions don't come with an on/off switch, they just happen regardless of what is right or wrong or socially acceptable.
So far, so good. But as she did with her book review, she expresses her concerns about children.
Now, I totally agree that people who are blood related shouldn't have children together, it increases the childs risk of having all sorts of mutations and birth defects.
This is a myth. It is a matter of genetics between both biological parents, whether they are closely related or not.
People don't have to like it. There are people in the world against homoesexuality or people of different races or religions being together... if you strip away the having children aspect of incest, why is it any different?
She’s exactly right, except for the children. She goes on to mention a case of genetic sexual attraction.
Imagine loving someone and them loving you back but you can't be together because other people say it's wrong? I'm betting loving them and being with them wouldn't feel so wrong, it's the rest of the worlds problem, not theirs.
The fact that two people could get sent to prison just for falling in love with each other is beyond insane.
Glad she agrees. Let’s work to change that! Go read everything she wrote.
The comments are mostly supportive, which is refreshing.
sealednectar addressed the birth defects red herring.
That is true. But that would be taking a human right away from them, wouldn't it? Would this be written down as a law? Telling them, you're related, you CAN be together...but you can't have children (supposing they want to have children together).
Right. That wouldn’t be equality.
What if this brother and sister DO get together, but a few years down the line, they break up? Will they still have to see each other for the rest of their lives at family gatherings?
People deal with this all of the time with divorce. This is not a reason to deny equality.
What if it wasn't siblings? What if it was a mother and her a son (of the legal age), or a father and his daughter (of legal age) or just a parent/child couple, uncle/niece (of legal age) who decided they were in love? Even if they were both consenting to this, I wouldn't like this.
We don’t get a reason as to why this person would be okay with one, but not the other.
I think though, in time, sibling couples will become (somewhat) acceptable in this society in the same way as other taboo relationships have been accepted in the past. That's my prediction:)
Let her prediction come true, so that all consenting adults are free to love.