I am watching Dr. Phil, and there are two cousins (grandmothers are sisters) thats makes them 3rd cousins and they are engaged and getting married. They live together and participate in unmentionable activities. I know since the dawn of time incest has been happening, but I still think its gross. They have decided not to have kids and think its not going to happen (naive). Are I wrong for finding this unthinkable?
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Thanks for your input!
junkseller, a BBC program in 2005 said British Pakistanis babies have 13 times as many genetic disorders as the general population. They have 3% of the births, but 33% of the genetic illnesses. Is that "not much greater" chance of defects?
Heavy inbreeding over many generations can have such consequences. You see the same thing in some royal families. Overall, however, defects are not much higher than normal, from the evidence I have seen.
That's a good point, junkseller. However, if marrying first cousins is allowed, there's nothing to stop such continued inbreeding when it's a cultural norm. When it's a one-off, it's only a risk with recessive illnesses like epilepsy.
I agree and I think everyone should be more careful. Cousin or not, however, very few people ask genetic questions on a first date (or ever do so).
I hear ya, and definitely agree!
It is legal, ok 2nd cousins, still cousins none the less. Well, you cant say everything on hubpage, duh? And I am being polite it repulses me, and those are my feelings. You can have an opinon w/o judging, stand for something, fall for anything.
Of course you are entitled to your opinion and you can be repulsed as well. But didn't your hub ask for comments? Or did you just want those that agreed with you?
I did ask a question, don't need validation from others, you are entitled to your opinion, just like corrected me on 2nd cousins, I corrected you on it being legal. Is it that you wanted me to remain silent? I am very opinionated. Happy Hubbing!
lol interesting way of putting south carolinans have a way of saying things, lol.
Now that I think of it, my mother had a fairly common last name where I grew up. I would always ask a potential date if they had anyone in the family with the last name _____. I didn't want to be kissing my cousin!
Lol, I'm from SC, too. Oh no!