Even the vast majority of sex-positive people may find this wrong but I honestly do not believe that incest between siblings or cousins should be criminalized, I’m not sure if anyone else would agree with me on this matter but I would like to elaborate on why I have this view.
I am a firm believer in sexual freedom and I believe that the entire concept of regulating people’s sexual habits is morally wrong. I myself have 2 siblings which I have never engaged in a incestuous relationship with but I am in support of the concept nonetheless. Criminalization of Incest is usually justified by a series of repetitive arguments which I will address.
Incestuous relationships produce deformed children:
Incestuous relationships, like all relationships, are not guaranteed to lead to pregnancy and modern scientists agree that it takes several generations for inbreeding to lead to serious medical deformities, despite this little to no scientists are in support of legal leniency towards incest because it’s ‘‘icky’’. Deformity can also occur in any birth for a wide variety of reasons and prohibiting incest won’t stop this.
Incestuous relationships can be manipulative and abuse:
Every relationship can be subject to factors of manipulation and abuse, not just Incest. This is not a good reason to criminalize incest alone. I will admit that incestuous relationships between parents and children have a very high chance of involving emotional, physical and psychological abuse which is why, in accordance with my earlier statement, I do believe that for the time being, only sibling and cousin based incest should be legalized. I do believe that incest between parents and children can be consensual but there is no effective way to prove this in a court of law, so until then it should remain criminalized for the safety of children.
It’s not natural:
This age-old argument is bullshit, if it wasn’t ‘‘natural’’ then it wouldn’t happen.
It is harmful to the power dynamic in families
This is true, incest does indeed screw up families with many suggesting that it does so in a ‘‘unhealthy manner’’. Likewise, I believe that sexual relationships should not be prohibited on the basis of their impact on power dynamics, power dynamics should be able to evolve and adapt and if they cannot then it is a poor power dynamic.
Incest cannot be consensual
This is commonly taught in therapy and it is bullshit. All sexual relationships can be both consensual and non-consensual.
Overall I believe in legal leniency in regards to incest, I have the same stance on polygamy and I may make a future post on why I am in the support of that as well.