A government-backed committee in Germany who recommended that the government abolish laws criminalizing incest between siblings, arguing that such bans impinge upon citizens’ rights to “sexual self-determination”, has started a debate, even in America, towards the legalization of all incestuous relationships.
According to findings from the German Ethics Council, that right is a “fundamental” one, and carries more weight than society’s “abstract protection of the family.”
“Incest between siblings appears to be very rare in Western societies according to the available data but those affected describe how difficult their situation is in light of the threat of punishment,” the council said in a statement, as reported by The Independent.
“In the case of consensual incest among adult siblings, neither the fear of negative consequences for the family, nor the possibility of the birth of children from such incestuous relationships can justify a criminal prohibition.”
On Thursday, HuffPost started asking the question “Should incest between ‘consenting adult’ siblings be legalized?”
“I suppose I take an unpopular view that it’s actually moral progress,” Jesse Bering, who is the author of Perv: The Sexual Deviant In All Of Us, told Josh Zepps of HuffPost Live.
Zepps then brought up Elijah and Milo Peters, two brothers who have performed in homosexual adult scenes with each other.
“The fact that they’re violating this… taboo notion of your brother or your sister being completely off-limits from a sexual perspective, I think, attracts… a large contingency of the viewing public.” Bering noted.
He added, “It’s a carnival-esque affair, but it’s actual sexual arousing to us because it probably taps into something, whether we want to admit it or not, deeply unconscious about the possible patterns of attraction to… our relatives.”
Readers of HuffPost Gay Voices did not take the article kindly. Many were just angry the article might prove the “slippery slope” argument to be true. However, some adopted the old leftist adage: “if it doesn’t affect me, who cares!”
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