How prudent is a person who dates his or her cousin?

  1. Anjili profile image82
    Anjiliposted 5 years ago

    How prudent is a person who dates his or her cousin?

  2. pippap profile image87
    pippapposted 5 years ago

    In my estimation, not too prudent.  There are so many genetic disorders that can be passed down from generation to generation that it is not worth the risk unless you decide to never have children.  If you want to consider a childless union with a cousin, it would be up to you and your conscience to decide if this is morally acceptable.

  3. alancaster149 profile image85
    alancaster149posted 5 years ago

    As pippap says, 'not very'. We can see many examples of 'close-kinship' arranged marriages amongst the Bangledeshi and Pakistani community in Britain. No doubt there will be more, and they will be increasingly dependent on a National Health System that was not set up to cater for self-inflicted genetic disorders. We have enough problems at the moment with obesity. The immigrant communities who bring in cousins from the sub-continent in arranged marriages are going to make life hard for their own kin-structure foremost, because we already have our own 'take' on the matter. Britain suffered from results of in-breeding before the regions were opened up by our transport revolution in the 18th-19th Centuries. Various isolated communities in areas like the Pennines, Snowdonia and the Scottish islands in-bred because of their isolation. The effects were eventually 'ironed-out' in the early years of the Health Service... We don't want it back again, thankyou very much.