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  •  If incest between related adults occurs, (0+ / 0-)

    chances are extremely high that it began with grooming while one partner was a minor. So that kind of child abuse and resulting Stockholm syndrome should be taken into account before judging the situation A-OK 'cuz they're both adults now. The power differential should be taken into account. Was one partner an authority figure, like a stepfather or guardian? It's wrong to exploit another's vulnerability, no matter who you are.

    •  Conflicting values (0+ / 0-)

      The power differential that you cite, which is similar to the justification for laws prohibiting sexual harassment, is the best justification for laws prohibiting incest. Still, it leaves us in the uncomfortable position of saying that the state has a right to prevent consenting adults from having sex.

      •  Society has enfolded social taboos (0+ / 0-)

        into laws. Much the same as with other social values and standards. I don't know the particular laws of any state, but consenting adults who are related have been known to cohabit and have children.

        The taboo against incest does serve a purpose. One is that it has forced people to marry and procreate outside the extended family or tribe, increasing biological diversity and strengthening the species. It also inhibits infighting. There are whole volumes written on the subject, but those are just a couple of purposes of the taboo.

        Interesting subject, though.

        •  Effects, not purposes. nt (0+ / 0-)
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          marina

          Aside from whether it is legal or not, the best reason I have ever heard for not committing incest is the exploding family argument, which is the infighting you refer to.  The great thing about exogamy is that when you break up, you never have to see each other again.  Or, as Jeff Foxworthy might say, if you avoid going to family reunions because you don’t want to run into all your ex-girlfriends, you may be a redneck.

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