Incest is bad for two reasons, Squick
factor and genetic anomalies. They call royal people blue blooded, but there is an actual blood disorder that can happen through too much inbreeding (besides the obvious hemophilia there's stuff like cystic fibrosis, and one other one). That said, most of the people outside my family I'm ultimately not interested in
because I really haven't known them long enough to trust them, though I have seriously tried. I do however have a huge crush
on my cousin. The only thing stopping me from a relationship with her is (1) I'm shy with any
girl, (2) I might not be Squicked but she might be.
Also, the incest thing is blown out of proportion by the media due to SoCalization
. Maybe somewhere in California it's taboo for cousins to marry and have kids, but it's really not in Virginia (but of course, TV says this is the rule for the entire US
). In places where first cousins are not allowed, you can marry your second cousin (I've met her too, and she's nice but about to be married herself, and I don't really know her).
Wikipedia said the risk isn't actually that much greater with cousins. 4% versus 2% out in the normal population. Mainly because the population even people had to all go elsewhere would run out of people who weren't some way related.
In terms of Squick
, I'm pretty sure marrying your niece is more often forbidden than marrying your cousin. Even if you're a much younger brother than your sister, I'm certain you can imagine. Not to mention you're almost a father, it smacks of Wife Husbandry
and a ton of other things.
edited 17th Jan '12 7:04:29 AM by bulmabriefs144