Hollywood director Nick Cassavetes made the following statement:
“I’m not saying this is an absolute but in a way, if you’re not having kids – who gives a damn? Love who you want. Isn’t that what we say? Gay marriage – love who you want? If it’s your brother or sister it’s super-weird, but if you look at it, you’re not hurting anybody except every single person who freaks out because you’re in love with one another.”
Well at least we can be happy that he feels incestuous relationships shouldn't produce children. Cassavetes has just recently completed a film about a brother and sister who fall in love and start a relationship while he is in prison. It recently debuted at The Toronto Film Festival. As of now, he has no backing to release the movie in the U.S.
I wonder if he feels that a parenting marrying a child is good as well? Because under no circumstances can that relationship be of equals, parents always have more power in that relationship. There isn't a relationship in the world that is truly 50/50. Every romance has one partner that has slightly more power than another. That is just human nature. The key is how you make the balance that so both people in the relationship feel that are getting what they want and need from it.
Nature also has something to say about this, The Westermark Effect says that biology prevents us from entering into incestuous relationships:
This effect accounts for the fact that, to our best knowledge, in every human society in history, incest is avoided and usually a social tabooChildren who were raised together develop a strong sexual disinterest for each other. This even works if they are not biologically related. The effect has been studied in Israeli kibbutzim, where children are raised in cohorts of the same age, and there are hardly any marriages among members later.
We have built-in mechanisms that guide us into not having a sexual relationship with close relatives. Of course if you are strangers as children this will not prevent it, as we found out with that couple in Canada. You may remember, they were brother and sister who were raised apart after a divorce. They were never told about each other, met as young adults. They were engaged to be married and young couples do, they brought their families together to meet. Once they found out they were related the engagement was called off. A truly heartbreaking story that could have been avoided had the parents been honest with their children. But nonetheless, in the majority of cases siblings will be biologically driven not to enter into these relationships. That says to me that it is against human nature.
We are constantly hearing messages, if it feels good, do it. The normalization of acts such as these seem to be never-ending. The ACLU's defense of NAMBLA is just one more example. The push by some on the far left to normalize pedophilia has already begun. I am sick and tired of being told that there is no push to normalize the depraved in this country, there is.
Sex with relatives with siblings and/or parents is wrong. Sex with children is wrong. It would seem pretty simple that this would be an acceptable position to hold in our society, but apparently not.