after this post, i ignored my midterms and watched the bbc documentary on relationships that break the incest taboo. Although I very firmly believe that sex is a vector of oppression (<3 gayle rubin) and that the social hierarchy of sex acts means that things against the alleged ‘norm’ are unnecessarily villified, there is something very haunting about the birth-defective children born out of these relationships. if we forgo the notion of the individuating nature of desire for bodies and pleasure, sure, consensual sexual relations of any kind are legitimate, it’s just action after all. Should procreation only be correct within sexually normative (or genetically compatible) relationships? My conclusion is no - there are older couples who produce disabled children, but there are no questions asked about the ‘rightness’ or morality of their relations and few about whether it is more compassionate to abort the child. Perhaps i’ve been socialised to view incest as a particularly different, or perhaps i lack the experience to understand, but either way, it is certainly harder to swallow.
(5 years ago