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Thread: Is a prohibition of sex between family an example of eugenics?

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    Re: Is a prohibition of sex between family an example of eugenics?

    Incestuous relationships were extremely common in Ancient Egypt and in Europe among the monarchs. Though in Europe is was generally cousins.

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    Re: Is a prohibition of sex between family an example of eugenics?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    Incestuous relationships were extremely common in Ancient Egypt and in Europe among the monarchs. Though in Europe is was generally cousins.
    And if I recall correctly the Hapsburgs were very inbred and had genetic problems from it
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    Re: Is a prohibition of sex between family an example of eugenics?

    Why don’t we allow the consenting adults to choose for themselves?
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    Re: Is a prohibition of sex between family an example of eugenics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    That's the thing. There's no higher risk of having birth defects in children conceived between first cousins than there is in a woman having her first child after the age of forty. The risk of birth defects simply does not justify the primal disgust that the violation of the incest taboo entails.
    A very high percentage of Arabs are married to cousins or Uncles. There is no incest taboo in action, but rather the desire to extend the influence of the clan.
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    Re: Is a prohibition of sex between family an example of eugenics?

    I don't think incest is actually illegal in most- if any- places in the US, as long as both parties are of age and consenting.
    I think close relatives just aren't allowed to be legally married.

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    Re: Is a prohibition of sex between family an example of eugenics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    That's the thing. There's no higher risk of having birth defects in children conceived between first cousins than there is in a woman having her first child after the age of forty.
    Damn, I actually hadn't read this post before making my post about the heightened risk of birth defects for children of older mothers. You just had to beat me to it.
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    Re: Is a prohibition of sex between family an example of eugenics?

    It is not an example of eugenics in culture. Incest is unnatural as far as Im led to believe as family members generally are not sexually attracted to each other. I dont think it qualifies.

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    Re: Is a prohibition of sex between family an example of eugenics?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    Incestuous relationships were extremely common in Ancient Egypt and in Europe among the monarchs. Though in Europe is was generally cousins.
    and it was that incest in europe that started the russian revolution, through the inbreeding of carriers of the haemophilia gene.
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    Re: Is a prohibition of sex between family an example of eugenics?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    I don't think incest is actually illegal in most- if any- places in the US, as long as both parties are of age and consenting.
    I think close relatives just aren't allowed to be legally married.
    That would be correct. I mean, there may be some obscure laws on the books somewhere in some state, but it's more marriage thing than a sex thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    It is not an example of eugenics in culture. Incest is unnatural as far as Im led to believe as family members generally are not sexually attracted to each other. I dont think it qualifies.
    Depends on how close you're talking about. And, the only reason people may not find their close relatives sexually appealing is because they're told they shouldn't. If they didn't KNOW they were close relatives, they most certainly could/would. So, it's not a biological or "unnatural" thing at all. It's a social thing.

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    Re: Is a prohibition of sex between family an example of eugenics?

    Oedipus style?
    I wonder if Immediate family that had never met each other would be sexually attracted to each other. Without some sort of evidence one way or the other I wouldn't know. I assume they wouldn't be.

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