Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Term Incest Can Have Many Meanings

1Horselady asked, “How do you feel about incest? What do you think should be done about it?”

This is like asking, “What do you think about putting a penis in a vagina?” It depends on the circumstances. If that penis is being inserted into an 11-year-old by a 40-year-old man, or in a 30-year-old woman against her will, that’s a problem.

Likewise, when incest is conducted via rape or child abuse, that’s a problem. Rapists and child abusers should be in prison.

But when incest happens between consenting adults, that’s often a beautiful thing. That’s why I like to use the terms consanguineous sex and consanguinamory to distinguish fun and loving sex and relationships from predatory behavior.

mitchell175 from Boston, MA responded to someone who had quoted the Bible to denounce sex between close relatives….

Well, in the Adam and Eve thread on the Religion board I pointed out how if the story of A&E was actually true, then the only way they could have been the "progenitors of the species" is via incest. Mother/son, Father/daughter, brother/sister...

PreachersSon from Oklahoma City, OK tried damage control…

As I remember, I replied to that assertion by pointing out that there did not need to be any father/daughter or mother/son relationships, and that there only needed to be brother/sister relationships in the first generation. After that, you could have cousins marrying without any trouble, and the family relationhips would diminish from there. It's not like they had families with one or two kids back then like we do today. Even a few generations ago, families of 7 or 9 kids were not all that uncommon. So, there wouldn't be the bottleneck that you imagine.

Again, it's not something I would condone today. It just would have been a necessary evil. Of course, Adam and Eve really didn't have anything to do with the passages I was talking about, so I'm not sure why you brought them up. We probably ought to keep that discussion on that thread, though, and not import it here.

Consanguineous sex and spousal relationships have literally been going on for all of human history, and it is depicted in various religious texts an mythologies.

When it comes to consenting adults, we should have legalization and the freedom to marry. Otherwise, what should be done is either minding your own business or saying "congratulations!"
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