marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Thu Jun 28 22:35:48 BST 2018
On Thu, 28 Jun 2018 13:00:20 -0600, "Margaret Devere"
<margaret at devere.net> wrote:
>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?)
>Interesting question indeed. The biological problem with incest is genetic.
>With Betan control over pregnancy, and then with gene cleaning, this goes
>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?
There's a Theodore Sturgeon story, which came out of his "Ask the next
question" methodology, called "If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let
One Marry Your Sister?" on this very subject. It was in one of the
Dangerous Visions anthologies.
It was also interesting in that it was told from the viewpoint of
multiple characters, *none* of them the protagonist.
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