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Would You Date a Third Cousin?
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Spazticus wrote:

My answer of foreknowledge was deliberately succinct, because the reasoning behind it should be obvious.

Casual sex with someone you have never met, and may never encounter again, is not the same as casual sex with someone you know, and know to be a blood relative. The two cannot be equated, because foreknowledge exists in the latter scenario, and not in the former. Some people see no issue with either or both of these scenarios, and I acknowledged that. But for those who might see sex with a close blood relative as a problem, that foreknowledge would likely preempt the action. Thus, it is fair to say that foreknowledge would change the outcome of events, for some people.


Exactly, which is why I asked why the foreknowledge bothered people. I apologize for not knowing that you would take the question personally.
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It obviously doesn't bother "everyone" (not suggesting you or anyone else said as such here, but speaking generally) or marriage between first cousins would be completely illegal, and go unrecognized in all 50 states, not only 24 out of 50. And as I also stated, I have no issues with those who do so. It's not a choice I've ever been in a position to have to consider, so my outlook on it remains fairly neutral.

It's fair to conclude that foreknowledge would bother some people, due to the closeness of their blood relations. Second and third cousins are far enough removed that there are no legal restrictions on them being married. Of course, there also exists the stigma against inbreeding, but as has already been established, it would likely take generations of inbreeding to lead to major defects. I'd point to this as the most likely cause of bother people would have, just on the potential alone. The evidence that some states require the cousins to either be over the age of 65, or already infertile, supports that conclusion.
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Spazticus wrote:

It obviously doesn't bother "everyone" (not suggesting you or anyone else said as such here, but speaking generally) or marriage between first cousins would be completely illegal, and go unrecognized in all 50 states, not only 24 out of 50. And as I also stated, I have no issues with those who do so. It's not a choice I've ever been in a position to have to consider, so my outlook on it remains fairly neutral.

It's fair to conclude that foreknowledge would bother some people, due to the closeness of their blood relations. Second and third cousins are far enough removed that there are no legal restrictions on them being married. Of course, there also exists the stigma against inbreeding, but as has already been established, it would likely take generations of inbreeding to lead to major defects. I'd point to this as the most likely cause of bother people would have, just on the potential alone. The evidence that some states require the cousins to either be over the age of 65, or already infertile, supports that conclusion.


I agree, but the context I was speaking in referred to the sex that people who do not want to have a baby together have.
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I'm not disputing that, and I understand the context you used. It's also fair to conclude that the potential for pregnancy with a blood relative, and going back to that stigma of birth defects, might override the desire to have sex with that relative. Not that they want a child, per se, but that it might happen, and that there might be birth defects.
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Going off of that, why would anybody ever want to have sex with a person who they do not want to have a relationship with? Why do some people fear having a baby with a relative, but do not have this same fear when engaging in casual sex with a stranger?
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if genetics are mixed then the offsping has a high potential of having disabilities
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I wouldn't date any of my cousins, no matter no distant they are...
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AsahinaInu wrote:

3rd cousins are so far removed that you might never even know unless you go researching your family tree, or have especially familiar extended family traditions. Basically they are descendants of one of your great grandparents siblings, meaning the closest relative you would have in common would be your great great grandparents. We're talking people that might have lived in the 1800's.


it would be your great grandparents sibling's genetic line
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I wouldn't trust anything with my blood.
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I know all my third cousins so... no! Even if I didn't know all of them, if I was dating someone and found out they where my third cousin I would break up with them. Though I don't really care if someone else wants to go out with their cousin, to each their own!
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razoredge001 wrote:


AsahinaInu wrote:

3rd cousins are so far removed that you might never even know unless you go researching your family tree, or have especially familiar extended family traditions. Basically they are descendants of one of your great grandparents siblings, meaning the closest relative you would have in common would be your great great grandparents. We're talking people that might have lived in the 1800's.


it would be your great grandparents sibling's genetic line

That's what I wrote. What I meant with reference to great great grandparents is a common ancestor.
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Of course I would.
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17 / F / Alabama
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i have a really cute second cousin and i might date him. just maybe
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Its not frowned uppon in most countries. including japan.
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I have second cousins in my family that got married and had healthy kids. So I don't think it would be a problem. However, I know some of them and I'm not really interested in dating them in the first place. Also most of our ages has a huge difference.
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