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Okay, I tried to add it but I made a huge blunder, can someone please fix it? I'm still not getting the hang of adding pictures
You're not allowed to change page images unilaterally. I've made an Image Pickin' thread about it.
Ben's got good taste, I'll give him that.
"It should be noted that the actual term "kissing cousins" means almost the opposite. It means they are distantly related, but there's enough distance to make a romantic relationship acceptable."
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Most people miss that. However.
It traditionally refers to people who are cousins by marriage but not blood, so are completely free to date, marry, procreate, etc. (Step-cousins, if you will.) They are members of the family as a socio-political entity, but not truly related.
America has a taboo against marrying 1st cousins, but permits 2nd and 3rd cousins to kiss.
Britain has no such taboo, 1st cousins may kiss. The distinction only applies in some countries.
There are Knight Templar mad, religious nutters who insist on cousin marriage again and again and again. This does produce geneticq defects. Likewise Egyptian dynasties on average lasted 4 generations. Incest over and over again produces defects.
Thesis: USA has big taboo on Cousin marriage, UK does not because UK is more of a Protestant nation and USA is more of a Roman Catholic nation.
1) Bible forbids sister marriage, aunt marriage and grandma marriage.
2) Bible does NOT forbid cousin marriage.
3) Britain, being a Protestant nation applies Biblical rules.
4) Bible should have forbidden LOTS of cousin marriage because TOO much cousin marriage leads to defex. But it didn't because they did not know about genetix in those days.
5) USA is priest-ridden.
Actually, it doesn't lead to many defex. Only 4%. You can not forbid woman over 40 years to marry cause they've got the same 4%
This troper's American and I just have to say EEEEEEEUUUGHHHH!! That's NASTY! Here you might as well have twincest than be kissing cousins. The first instance I've seen of it was in the bloody anime "Elfen Lied", and it disgusts me more than the insanely gratuitous Gorn, and this troper's even an Atheist(therefore lacking the religious stick-up-the-ass). Is the United States more-or-less unique in that regard, or do the Japanese just not have a problem with it? Or is it both?
This image◊ sums it up nicely. Blue is first-cousin allowed, Orange (India) depends on religion, Bright Red is banned (but not illegal), dark red it illegal, and pink is banned with exceptions, whatever those are. So it seems like it is indeed more of a US thing. And China and Korea and the Philippines. I'm actually a product of cousinal incest, so I don't have much of a problem with it.
This troper is the same as mythmonster2 above. My maternal grandparents are married second cousins with four children and seven grandchildren, all perfectly healthy with no birth defects. We're from Brazil, of Portuguese/Spanish ancestry and Roman Catholic. I've never met anyone that has a problem with it. I actually find it hilarious that I'm my own cousin.
I'm also from Brazil (let's remember We All Live in America trope), and I don't see anything wrong with that. By the way, if the couple wants to avoid any possible genetic problem, they can use contraceptive methods and adopt.
In same-sex cousin relationships, it obviously isn't an issue at all.
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