The couple, who are from North Carolina in the US, met properly for the first time as teenagers. His family were shocked. The idea of romantically or sexually involved cousins is generally met with distaste. The practice is less common in the West, but consanguineous relationships in Europe and the United States were common until the midth century, when attitudes began to turn on the practice due to medical opposition. Few religious texts or national legislations explicitly ban consanguineous relationships. But the act is still taboo, particularly in the West.
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I am a year-old man and my cousin is We lost touch when my mum and dad divorced. Our dads are brothers and I moved to the other end of the country with my mum. I remember my cousin back then as a quiet, funny little thing — very different from the stunning brunette she is today. We have never felt so happy with anyone else and being together feels so right — but we are doing it all in secret. I hate sneaking around but we are scared that our families will make it very difficult or try to split us up.
Mind-blowing sex with my cousin has made me so happy… but how do we tell our family?
Hands up who thought about dating their cousin? In the UK it is legal to marry your cousin; in parts of West Africa there's a saying, "Cousins are made for cousins"; but in America it is banned or restricted in 31 states. Restrictions include genetic counselling or that couples are past the age of reproduction.
The incest taboo is one of the most widespread of all cultural taboos , both in present and in past societies. In most cases, the parents did not have the option to marry to remove that status, as incestuous marriages were, and are, normally also prohibited. A common justification for prohibiting incest is avoiding inbreeding : a collection of genetic disorders suffered by the children of parents with a close genetic relationship.