[LMB] Monogamy

Margaret Devere margaret at devere.net
Thu Jun 28 20:00:20 BST 2018


Eric asks:

You know, I wonder what WOULD surprise them? (Betans) Incest?  (And this
might lead  to a very interesting discussion of what _does_ and _does not_
constitute "incest."  For instance, do step-siblings count?
Siblings-by-adoption? Relatives by marriage?  In-laws?  Or is it only
incestuous if it's between close genetic kin?)


Me:

Interesting question indeed. The biological problem with incest is genetic.
With Betan control over pregnancy, and then with gene cleaning, this goes
away. 

Then, of course, there's the issue with power -- father-daughter,
mother-son, older and younger siblings. This will always be a danger.

But ... if there's no power imbalance, and there's consent on the part of
all involved, then is incest a problem?

Margaret


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