A taboo discussed
21888 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
44 / M / central USA
Offline
Posted 4/20/15
I've been thinking about this particular taboo for a while, and I decided to write an article to collect and express my thoughts. Feedback and discussion would be appreciated.


Taboo is a word that can inspire a deep seated emotional response ranging from repulsion to infatuation. The reaction experienced by an individual can fall anywhere between, or even be a combination of both at the same time. Although there are numerous topics that would fit into this category, the subject of discussion here is the taboo that surrounds incest. By outward appearances there are three aspects to the taboo that consist of genetic, familial, and social. Depending on the situation only some of the aspects of the taboo may be a risk, but it is still advisable to understand the nature of each one.

The genetic aspect is a very straight forward concept to grasp, and has the most potential for long lasting negative effects. Since recessive genes tend to flow through generations of blood relatives, it can be very dangerous for people who share too close of a genetic link to risk having a child together. This particular issue is not a factor when considering family members that have been added by other means, such as adoption or marriage.

Following genetic is the familial taboo, which can be affected even if there is no blood relation between the participants. The main issue that arises with this is the difference in interpersonal relationships, and the confusion that can be caused by having more than one type at the same time. A person could roughly compare this to a situation in which people are both co-workers and close relatives. There would be a high potential for instability in the established roles that each would be playing, and additional friction would endanger the stability of the family structure. Additionally there is also the issue that breaking an intimate relationship is not nearly as easy to do cleanly with a family member as it would be with a non-relative, as the family ties will remain in perpetuity.

Finally the social taboo is likely to have been built on the previous ones. Structure and stability is needed for a human society to survive, so an eye to the future will see the dangers of incestuous relationships. Therefore ingraining an inherent revulsion to those behaviors, and persecuting them where they occur is not an uncommon response for the long term community survival. The motivations may vary from broad minded social consciousness to individual jealousy, but the end result is the same. Community pressures will work toward genetic diversity even when the first two aspects of the taboo are bypassed.

While anime has a broad range of expression, and touches on many topics that would otherwise be difficult to broach in conversation as taboo. Incest in its various forms is hinted at or even openly explored in some genre. This is usually done for comedic purposes, but it does bring the possibility of dangling temptation in front of those inexperienced in life. Overindulgence in fantasies of this nature without an accurate perspective on how it impacts the world around them could end with disastrous consequences. It is my sincere hope that shedding a little light on the subject will give an opportunity for enjoyment of the this media, without losing their bearings to the endless realms of fantasy.
15021 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
28 / M / Seattle
Offline
Posted 4/20/15
tl;dr

Guessing it's about incest being cool now or something?
17189 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
(´◔౪◔)✂❤
Offline
Posted 4/20/15
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-885197/why-is-incest-wrong

What is up with people's sick obsession with this topic? Just stop.
Sogno- 
45722 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 4/20/15
it is crucial to always add a tldr version
15021 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
28 / M / Seattle
Offline
Posted 4/20/15 , edited 4/20/15

FlyinDumpling wrote:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-885197/why-is-incest-wrong

What is up with people's sick obsession with this topic? Just stop.
Those people don't have siblings. If they do they probably fap on them when there sleeping or sniff there underwear, lol.

17189 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
(´◔౪◔)✂❤
Offline
Posted 4/20/15

mordant221 wrote:


FlyinDumpling wrote:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-885197/why-is-incest-wrong

What is up with people's sick obsession with this topic? Just stop.
Those people don't have siblings. If they do they probably fap on them when there sleeping or sniff there underwear, lol.

Just when I thought I was going to get away from this topic. Some people have been molested by their family members. These topics of yeah or nay is just too ignorant.
Posted 4/20/15
Dutch Moderator
30797 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
35 / M / The Netherlands
Online
Posted 4/21/15
You must be logged in to post.