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Aussie Judge: Incest May Soon Be Socially Acceptable

Will incest cease to be beyond the pale? During a case in which a brother is being tried for allegedly raping his sister, Aussie judge Garry Neilson argued that it might be time for society to cast aside its legal and cultural taboos against incest. The Telegraph:

He said incest was now only a crime because it may lead to abnormalities in offspring but this rationale was increasingly irrelevant because of the availability of contraception and abortion. […]

“A jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ‘available’, not having [a] sexual partner,” the judge said.

“If this was the 1950s and you had a jury of 12 men there, which is what you’d invariably have, they would say it’s unnatural for a man to be interested in another man or a man being interested in a boy. Those things have gone.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something this offensive come out of Australia. In 2012 a group of Oxford-educated ethicists, one now teaching in Australia, said that so-called “after-birth” abortions were morally acceptable. That seems like a hard act to follow, but abortions as a failsafe for incest might just do the trick.

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  • FriendlyGoat

    The “advance of a brother toward a sister”? Good grief. The judge is not only nuts, he’s a male-dominant sexist. Nobody else could construct that phrase.
    If any modern society ever accepts incest, it will be if and when some large number of sisters want to advance toward some large number of their brothers. Don’t hold your breath for this.

  • LarryD

    And this is relevant to a rape case how? Perhaps fortunately, law and custom deal with incest on the margin, the “westermarck effect” precludes it in anything like a functional family,

    • Corlyss

      “And this is relevant to a rape case how?”
      It may have been statutory rape. No doubt those laws will be revised to put ages lower and lower, if the age limit of consent is not thrown out altogether.

  • ojfl

    The statements might make us uncomfortable but they are logical and using the prevailing morality, morally acceptable. People who keep saying culture is changing all the time cannot complain when these things happen.

  • circleglider

    California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer is also on-the-record supporting “after birth” abortions (i.e., infanticide).

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