Some may see the above photo and feel uncomfortable and appalled by it, as I was, but many people have a counterargument for this demographic map, which goes something like: “how can you put boundaries or limitations on tolerance,” or “what two consenting adults do is their business.” So allow me to further explain my impression of this map.
Homosexuality and incest are undeniably two things that are considered to be fundamentally “wrong” by some. However so is stealing, murder, the cast of the Jersey Shore, etc. Granted, the degree to which any one of those things are considered unethical is circumstantial. You steal a purse because you’re absolutely desperate or simply because you can. You kill the cast of the Jersey Shore in self-defense or simply because you can.
The point is, whether or not you believe incest is wrong, or whether or not you personally are struggling with some erotic affection you’re harboring towards a first cousin, homosexuality may (or may not be to some) incomparable to incest. However, one is derived from something innate and congenital, as opposed to one preferring to finger-blast one’s cousin at a family barbecue. Homosexuality is not simply a preference, it’s innately essential to fully realizing one’s own identity. So wrong or right aside when it comes to incestuous relations, are they necessarily congruent enough to put beside one another for comparison.
In any case, odds are when we speak of incest, we’re not speaking of people with an exclusive preference for ones own cousins or other relatives, odds are, we’re considering a circumstance that involves one forbidden cousin in particular being the cause of calloused hands, exhausted forearms and reoccurring nocturnal emissions.
To compare one to the other is to compare the societal struggles of an incestuous couple (of which would not be visibly identifiable among the masses and henceforth not being subject to the same scrutiny) to the societal struggles of being gay. If cousins so choose to fulfill their desires then the cousin/incest taboo simply falls away, at least by the physical standpoint of the bystander.
So what do you Lovelies think about this? Is one “right” and one “wrong?” Any Lovelies out there in a happy committed relationship with a cousin?