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Friday, April 21, 2017

Falsely Invoking Science to Justify Bigotry

The "genetics argument" against consanguineous sex and marriage is usually a smokescreen that misuses science to justify bigotry.  There are some people sincerely concerned about children born to consanguineous parents (many of whom would have their concerns eased with a little education on the matter) but most of the people who use the "What about the children?" argument are simply trying to excuse their prejudice, because it sounds better than "I don't like the idea of it."

Ask someone who invokes Discredited Argument #18 if they drop opposition when it comes to a relationship that will not create biological children, such as two cisgender brothers, or a sister with a brother who has had a vasectomy, or siblings over the age of 60. Most will be stumped or will say no, they still oppose such relationships, perhaps citing another Discredited Argument, probably #1 or 3.

Another way of exposing this as a smokescreen is to ask them if they support the same restrictions on an unrelated heterosexual couple in which the woman is 40 years of age.

The fact is, we don't prevent people with known, serious genetic diseases, or who have lived all of their lives in the same neighborhood with pollutants known to cause birth defects, or who have taken medications known to cause birth defects from dating, having sex, marrying, having children, etc., so why deny rights to consanguineous lovers who are more likely to have healthy children together or won't be having children at all?

Everyone knows happy, healthy, intelligent, adorable children born to close relatives, whether they know it or not, and whether the children themselves know of their true biological ancestry or not. I can point to such people whose parents were close relatives. Should they have not been born?

Most children born to consanguineous parents are healthy. That's a fact. We don't hear about that much. Instead, "horror" stories are sensationalized... where a tyrannical patriarch or set of people isolated their family and abused children, engaging in deliberate inbreeding over generations. The problems resulting are often caused by the lack of prenatal care, lack of medical treatment, poor nutrition, physical abuse, substance abuse, poor hygiene, a polluted environment, etc. That's as far removed from what this blog is about (loving relationships between consenting adults) as possible. Cases like that do not justify denying consanguinamorous adults their right to be together in whatever way they want.

Bigotry and restrictions against consanguineous lovers predate a good understanding of genetics. It is just that people now misapply facts about genetics to cover for their dislike of the idea of consanguinamory.
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6 comments:

  1. My brother and I have a daughter. She is completely healthy and normal. Honestly, I am really tired of people spreading the ignorance and lies that incest only leads to children with defects.

    -Liz Smith

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  2. I've debated with people before on how there is nothing wrong with consensual adult incest, but sadly, most of the people I've debated with are blinded by hate, digust and bigotry.

    They usually start off by saying it's wrong and gross and that I'm sick minded or something, then try to justify their bigotry with the arguements like this one.

    Even when I discredit their justifications using your arguements, they just won't let go of their bigotry and continue saying that it's wrong.

    I wish more people could think like Keith Pullman and not be bigots.

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    1. Thanks! We ARE making a difference, thanks to you and others. More people are realizing that everyone should be free to have their relationships. There will always be some prejudiced people out there who will refuse to change their minds. But more and more people are supporting equality.

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  3. You say most children are born healthy, but a survey done in Czechoslovakia showed that children born of first degree incest had a 40-50% chance of birth defects. That's a cause for concern. Please explain you opinion on this matter, Thank You.

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animals-and-us/201210/the-problem-incest

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    1. You'll find varying statistics, but we stand by our statement. There are people you know who are the healthy result of such situations.

      http://www.larasig.com/node/2020

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    2. Oh my God, you're so right. People do tend to ignore or push aside other situation which are actually more likely to cause birth defects. I would say what about drug addicts and chronic alcoholics, no law stops them from breeding despite the known and serious health problems in the fetus if the mother continues to use these drugs.

      It's sad to know that the law will not allow healthy consanguinamorous couples the right to be together, let alone have kids, and yet will allow activities that will almost certainly harm the unborn. This proves your point! The law is more about stopping relationships that offend others, and is not about the wellbeing of kids.

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