Funny for myself that I feel no gut repulsion whatsoever, knowing they're siblings, so much for the Kassian "wisdom of repugnance" here. And indeed she is pretty hot (seems kinda slow on the brain though), since her name's Karolevski, my bet is that's Polish genes that made her that way
I'm totally indifferent to what grown ups do in their free time (so I voted yes), it's pretty medieval that the guy did two years in the slammer for simply banging his willing sister. I just think a couple in this circumstances should have enough responsibility to not conceive children, if there is that much of a risk of genetic defects, conceiving in such case is almost intentionally creating "centers of suffering" if you will, but in an article I read some time ago about exactly those two, it was said that lately he finally has underwent vasectomy.
If the female in a pair like this does get pregnant, and the tests show that the fetus is in the unlucky 50%, abortion should be an open option funded by the state, and even encouraged. If she still chooses to give birth, tough shit then, not much we can do, laws should always apply equally, like to all other people with heritable diseases choosing to have children, either - or, we allow all of the risk groups to make babies with no legal consequences (as I suppose is in majority of jurisdictions) or none of them, singling out incestual relationships is just an afterglow of cultural/religious taboos, I think.
For some strange reason, the topic of incest has been a little theoretical (this needs an emphasis
) interest of mine for some time, I like to crack jokes about it towards my sister, it's fun to see her head explode. Ussually there is the so called "Westermarck effect
" at work which prohibits inbreeding urges to a large extent, but it works only if people spent some crucial part of childhood near each other (I guess 7 - 9 years old, but I'm not sure atm), it dims attraction to non - related persons as well, as was witnessed in Israeli kibutzes, where kids were brought up together. On some level I judge my sister as being a pretty woman, but it's more like looking at a work of art or something, a "sterile" type of attractiveness.
Since those Germans have met later in life, this mechanism was absent. There are on - line mutual help communities dedicated to this very problem, which they call Genetic Sexual Attraction
Actually, Einsten was the product of a cousing marriage, take it for you will.
Edited by chris w, 24 March 2011 - 03:59 PM.