When thinking about incest, the greatest sources of resistance come from deeply ingrained expectations to what should be seen as "acceptable". The problem here is that this group think creates barriers where none were required to begin with. As with the LGBT community at one time, incest is opposed by the same principles of oppression. What is misunderstood, seen as unnatural, or feared lies neither within the actions or persons of the participating parties, but within those that view what should not be of their concern.
That is not to say incestual abuse should be allowed. In fact, sexual abuse of any kind (or simply relations that create discomfort by any participating party) should be heavily disapproved. However, the condition for this debate to be arguable involves considering only consenting adults, of which there are probably no short supply.
As humanitarianism gives rights for each man to govern themselves, so should that right be applied to romantic interests. To take another's perfectly legitimate wish (and mutual at that) away simply due to the prohibitor's ignorance is simply ridiculous (heard of this before?). If gun control regulations (that which is involved with safety) is disliked simply for the potential that it takes away what many believe to be a right, and homosexuality is allowed to give humans the exact same type of right to govern their own lives, why then should incest be prohibited when so many of us value this sort of freedom?
Speaking frankly about the unease of creating children with defects: There is no reason for an incestual couple to want or have offspring. This sort of thought process shows two forms of ignorance 1) a couple must have children and 2) incestual couples always want kids. As more and more generations begin to value careers over an early start to create a family, the view of not having children is already present in those without incestual tendencies. The overwhelming evidence that children of incest have a high chance of being disable is also a reason for incestual couple so to choose not to have children to begin with. Love is between the two involved and the need to have a child is a traditional ideal that can be broken.
Lastly, what does an incestual couple have to do with anyone else? It matters not if there are conservatives hating on this idea. The couples have never, are never, and will never be of any influence of other people's lives. Allow love and happiness for them, as that will be a great step forward to making a right society and a more habitable world.
Incest between consenting adults should
be permitted and excellent expression of
I don't think the genetic problems are
really significant. There is the benefit
of keeping the good genetics within the
"Family" which in the past some Royal
families did. In this country we have
freedom. Freedom of expression of love
and sex should be free.
Sons in love with Moms, Daughters in love
with Dad's. Brother and sister
connections are wonderfully satisfying.
As for cousins -- Don't even worry.
Unfortunately the Laws are antiquated.
CONSENSUAL incest is not wrong. There is no rational reason for keeping laws or taboos against consensual incest that is consistently applied to other relationships. Personal disgust or religion is only a reason why one person would not want to personally engage in what I call consanguinamory, not why someone else shouldn't do it. An adult should be free to share love, sex, residence, and marriage with ANY consenting adults. It isn't for everyone, but we're not all going to want to have each others' love lives, now are we?
Some people try to justify their prejudice against consanguineous sex and marriage by being part-time eugenicists and saying that such relationships inevitably lead to “mutant” or “deformed” babies. This argument can be refuted on several fronts. 1. Some consanguineous relationships involve only people of the same gender. 2. Not all mixed-gender relationships birth biological children. 3. Most births to consanguineous parents do not produce children with significant birth defects or other genetic problems; while births to other parents do sometimes have birth defects. 4. We don’t prevent other people from marrying or deny them their reproductive rights based on increased odds of passing along a genetic problem or inherited disease. It is true that in general, children born to consanguineous parents have an increased chance of these problems than those born to nonconsanguineous parents, but the odds are still minimal. Unless someone is willing to deny reproductive rights and medical privacy to others and force everyone to take genetic tests and bar carriers and the congenitally disabled and women over 35 from having children, then equal protection principles prevent this from being a justification to bar this freedom of association and freedom to marry.
Some say "Your sibling should not be your lover." That is not a reason. It begs the question. Many people have many relationships that have more than one aspect. Some women say their sister is their best friend. Why can’t their sister be a wife, too?
Some say “There is a power differential.” This applies least of all to siblings or cousins who are close in age, but even where the power differential exists, it is not a justification for denying this freedom to sex or to marry. There is a power differential in just about any relationship, sometimes an enormous power differential. To question if consent is truly possible in these cases is insulting and demeaning.
Some say “There are so many people outside of your family." There are plenty of people within one’s own race, too, but that is no reason to ban interracial marriage. So, this isn't a good reason either. Let consenting adults love each other the way they want!
Some people who say it is wrong seem to have no problem with complete strangers having sex. So get over it, all of you who want your personal disgust to dictate the lives of others.
Adult incest is something that happened in history, when people were not aware of it's affects. Medical findings indicate that adult incest can lead to a myriad of problems for offspring. As we have developed scientifically, this evidence dictates that adult incest is not natural. Psychologically, adult incest can lead to inter-family issues and mental disorders.
Morality is a flexible thing from culture to culture. That is not to say that morality is wholly arbitrary or shifts easily -- merely that it is not the same everywhere and changes over time. In other words, we collectively define what is moral and what is not. In our current culture, incest is considered to be immoral, whether it is between consenting adults or not.