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Friday, April 1, 2011

On Incest - Should it be Legalized?

"In Genesis 19:30–38, after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot's two daughters conspire to inebriate and seduce their father due to the lack of available partners. Lot had warned his children of the holy laws against their incestuous action, but was rebuked. In this same Book of the Bible, Lot is seen being spared from the punishment of perversion in Sodom and Gomorrah, rallying against incestuous marriage, and engaging in incest in the closest of genetic relationships. A possible resolution of this is that Lot was said to be unaware (asleep, presumably) during the repeated intercourse with his daughters. Genesis 19:34-35. Both had male children (their brothers, and sons) who were identified as progenitors of the Moab and Ammon people.

In one of the tales of a wife confused for a sister, Abraham claims that his wife Sarah is also his half-sister, on his father's side. However, in the rabbinic literature, Sarah is considered Abraham's niece (the daughter of his brother, Haran)." Wikipedia

Then we have the Greco-Roman gods...

Not that we (i love the editorial "we" - i sound professorial.) are being provocative, incest has kind of been in the airwaves recently so we thought we should scribble a few lines about it. We have kicked off, as you can see from the introduction, with the Bible, specifically the Old Testament (The Torah).

Even though we cringe at the thought of  "sleeping with relatives as having a primarily biological motive - a human instinct to prevent defective genes being passed down" (BBC), many do engage in intrafamiliar sexual relations and don't make much of it (Ah, they do! They say it is love). They have kids. And they do (have been doing) it for yeeeeeears. Sounds like aeons...

In our neck of the woods, in the northeastern state of Maranhao, we read of a man who has fathered children with his daughter and then when about to father more children with his daughter's daughter, his daughter, his grand-daughter(?), he was caught.... Phew!

Elsewhere in this whole wide world, places like Austria, Britain, Germany, Ireland, Jamaica, Sweden, Switzerland, The U.S., they do it, too. Rich and poor.

Ah, they have even found a name for the "practice", it is called: Genetic Sexual Attraction. Genetic Sexual Attraction is an internet site as well.

Here's a Brazilian movie on the very topic:  Shivers...

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