I don’t mention it often on this blog, but I have a brother. The thought of having any sort of bond with him besides a brotherly one disturbs me – I would rather watch a kitten get shot. Okay, maybe not the most pleasant hypothetical situation, but I think you get my point.
Here’s a question I’ve thought about ever since reading Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma: is consensual incest between adults wrong? I understand that genetically it can lead to abnormalities and illnesses, and I’m confident that no one would wish any harm upon his or her child. But we allow people who have a higher probability of producing children with birth defects to reproduce, so logically, why are we banning brothers and sisters from doing so?
Furthermore, as a firm supporter of interracial relationships and homosexual equality, I find it hypocritical to condemn two consenting adults for loving one another. Sure, I would never participate in any type of incest, but why should I have a say in what others are doing behind closed doors if it’s consensual and innocuous?
Let me make myself clear. I am not endorsing incest. However, I’m not castigating it either. I haven’t done enough research or rumination to develop full-fledged support. I’m just tired of people who say things like “oh my gosh, incest! Gross! That’s so disgusting!” but fail to explain why they believe so.
Look beyond the shock value. Examine why you have the emotions that you do. Don’t just support gay marriage because everyone on tumblr is – support it because it’s a fundamental human right and because you yourself have taken the time to think about it. Don’t just desire for abortion to be banned because it’s wrong – think about why it’s wrong, what can be done about it, and whether women deserve to make choices concerning their own bodies.
I admire how passionate my peers can be, and I love how fiercely my generation fights for certain social issues. But we can’t act solely on what “feels” right. Whether it be incest, homosexuality, abortion, or any other complex moral issue: it’s time to think about these things and then decide on our next step.