‘Rape and incest’.

This phrase is everywhere, and it needs to stop. I think I even heard Maddow the other night even say ‘the victims of rape and incest’. Everyone knows, right, that this taboo is based on disgust and is, upon reflection, hugely unwarranted? Incest isn’t, like rape, necessarily without consent. And if it is then what’s bad about it is the fact that it’s rape. And if the point is that any offspring tend to be defective, let’s also hear you back a ban on those with Huntington’s disease from procreating. And, of course, this won’t do if you want to criminalise all incest, including in cases where the woman can no longer have children or, say, one partner is sterile. I know the incest community is tiny, and would never gain the critical mass necessary for linguistical, nevermind legal, reform. But we can each do our bit.

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