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Monday, March 24, 2014

Search Phrase of the Day

Someone found this blog by searching...
is sibling incest on the increase?
I'm going to assume the search was about consensual incest, not assault or abuse. Sibling consanguinamory is one of the most common topics on this blog. See, for example, Ten Myths About Sibling Consanguinamory and the interviews I have done with sibling lovers.

The question asked in the search is part of the larger question of how common consanguineous sex is.

At least one study in the 1970s, if I recall correctly, showed that by the time people were in their early 20s, over 10% of them had consensual sexual contact with a sibling.

Some amount of sibling experimentation, and even lifelong spousal relationships, has been going on for all of human history. It goes on in other species, too.

One might argue that, as populations have shifted from sparsely populated rural areas to densely populated urban areas, humans have had other people to be with, and thus this kind of interaction with siblings has decreased. However, without even counting the increase in Genetic Sexual Attraction, the shift away from general sexual repression likely means sibling involvement has increased, even more so if someone counts stepsiblings. The figures from the 1970s are no doubt lower that the statistics one might find today.

So the TL;DR on this is yes, it has increased.
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