| What is love for you? Is it blind? Is it a sacrifice? Does it conquer all? Is it passionate? Sensual? Well, every person has their own definitions of what love is. Coitus or sex in medical terms or the sexual intercourse is a sacred thing when a couple is legally married because of their love for each other -- a couple which is completely unrelated especially when it comes to their bloodlines. But what if this couple is somehow related through their bloodlines and they are continuously making love or having sex with each other?|
Incest is sexual intercourse between close relatives which is illegal and socially taboo. It is also the sexual activity among those persons in the same clan, household or lineage. It could also include "blood relatives" and some societies include those related by adoption or marriage. Incest between adults and those under the age of majority or age of consent is considered a form of child sexual abuse that has been shown to be one of the most extreme forms of childhood abuse.
Father-daughter incest was for many years the most commonly reported and studied form of incest. More recently, studies have suggested that sibling incest, particularly older brothers abusing younger siblings, is the most common form of incest. Some studies suggest that adolescent perpetrators of sibling abuse choose younger victims, abuse victims over a lengthier period, use violence more frequently and severely than adult perpetrators and that sibling abuse has a higher rate of penetrative acts than father or stepfather incest, with father and older brother incest resulting in greater reported distress than stepfather incest. Most societies and countries have prohibitions against incest. The incest taboo is and has been one of the most common of all cultural taboos, both in current nations and many past societies with legal penalties imposed in some jurisdictions. Most modern societies have legal or social restrictions on closely consanguineous marriages.
Incest between an adult and a child is often a form of child sexual abuse and for many years has been the most reported form of incest. Father–daughter and stepfather–stepdaughter incest is the most commonly reported form of adult-child incest, with most of the remaining involving a mother or stepmother. Father–son incest is reported less often. Prevalence of incest between parents and their children is difficult to assess due to secrecy and privacy. Adults who as children were incestuously victimized by adults often suffer from low self-esteem, difficulties in interpersonal relationships, and sexual dysfunction, and are at an extremely high risk of many mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, etc.
Childhood sibling–sibling incest is considered to be widespread but rarely reported. It is believed to be the most common form of interfamilial abuse. Many types of sexual contact between children are not considered harmful or abnormal, but become child-on-child sexual abuse when they occur without consent, without equality, or as a result of coercion. The most commonly reported form of abusive sibling incest is abuse of a younger sibling by an older sibling. Adults who experienced sibling incest abuse have distorted or disturbed beliefs both about their own experience and the subject of sexual abuse in general.
Sibling abusive incest is most prevalent in families where one or both parents are often absent or emotionally unavailable, with the abusive siblings using incest as a way to assert their power over a weaker sibling. Absence of the father in particular has been found to be a significant element of most cases of sexual abuse of female children by a brother. The damaging effects on both childhood development and adult symptoms resulting from brother–sister sexual abuse are similar to the effects of father–daughter, including substance abuse, depression, suicidality, and eating disorders.
Sexual activity between adult close relatives may arise from genetic sexual attraction. This behaviour does take place, possibly more often than many people realize. Internet chat rooms and topical websites exist that provide support for incestuous couples.
Marriages and sexual relationships between cousins are viewed differently in many cultures and may or may not be seen as incest. In many countries, marriage between cousins is legal, whereas some follow a more restrictive doctrine and prohibit such marriages as incestuous, depending on the degree of the relationship. Some communities clearly prefer marriages between cousins as they ensure purity of the descent line, provide intimate knowledge of the spouses, and ensure that patrimony will not pass into the hands of "outsiders". Some cultures prohibit farther relations than first cousins from marrying and may extend these prohibitions to genetically unrelated individuals.
Some cultures include relatives by marriage in incest prohibitions; these relationships are called affinity rather than consanguinity. For example is the question of the legality and morality of a widower who wished to marry his deceased wife's sister. But in other societies, a deceased spouse's brother or sister was considered the ideal person to marry.
As I said earlier, every people have their own definitions of love, might as well they also have their own opinions about the issue of incest. This is why many societies and countries also have different decisions, laws and punishments regarding incest. How about you? Where is your side?