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

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

    This question has been on the back of my mind for a week or so. The most common argument against incest is that it has an increased chance of producing babies with defects. Alternatively, one of the principals behind eugenics is to breed out undesirable genetic traits, such as an inclination for cancer or heart disease. Given the similarity, are they examples of the same line of thinking or are they different somehow?

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

    It could be argued to be a form of eugenics on the grounds you've listed, but I believe that the justification for incest taboos has more to do with protecting the institution of family from instability than preventing birth defects.

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

    I don't see how eugenics has anything to do with the taboo. Incest, in various forms, has been taboo for thousands of years. Certainly the science of eugenics wasn't on the table. I agree with Korimyr that it had, in the historical past, more to do with the stability of family. Of course, now we know that inbreeding is very harmful so there's a further scientific reason not to engage in incestuous behavior. Even in the present day, I don't think eugenics correctly describes the reason that incest is taboo.
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    Re: Is a prohibition of sex between family an example of eugenics?

    I would participate in the poll but I don't know what "distact" is.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Of course, now we know that inbreeding is very harmful so there's a further scientific reason not to engage in incestuous behavior.
    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.

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

    You suck for making me think of incest right now.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by bicycleman View Post
    I would participate in the poll but I don't know what "distact" is.
    sorry, distaste.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by bicycleman View Post
    I would participate in the poll but I don't know what "distact" is.
    Ha! You wrote what I thought!!

    @ Korimyr --
    Did some Googling, and darned if you aren't right. I would have thought the risk between first cousins was much higher. It is indeed much higher with parent/child; but....talk about TABOO. Yikes.
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    Re: Is a prohibition of sex between family an example of eugenics?

    The children of older women are also more likely to be defective. Should the State also make it mandatory that women breed only before they reach "middle age?"
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    Re: Is a prohibition of sex between family an example of eugenics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    You suck for making me think of incest right now.

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