Judge: Incest is OK Now, Because We Have Abortion
By Rebekah Maxwell
This Week’s Sign the Apocalypse is Upon Us
Just another lovely day in our über-enlightened world. Birds singing…sun shining…incest normalized.
What’s that? You hadn’t heard about the latest repressive and archaic sexual taboo to be struck down in the daily quest for new heights of evolution? Let a judge fill you in.
The UK Telegraph reports:
A judge in Australia has been criticised after saying incest may no longer be a taboo and that the community may now accept consensual sex between adult siblings.
Judge Garry Neilson, from the district court in the state of New South Wales, likened incest to homosexuality, which was once regarded as criminal and “unnatural,” but is now widely accepted.
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.”
Someone should have told Mr. Neilson that particular slippery slope doesn’t exist before he started the slide down.
Right about now, you can hear the horrified gasps of the traditionalists…but surely, in context, this whole incest defense will make perfect sense. Right?
Judge Neilson made the comments during the trial of a brother charged with raping his younger sister. The man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his sister when she was 10 or 11 years old in 1973 or 1974 but has pleaded not guilty to charges relating to sex they had in 1981, when she was 18 and he was 26.
“By that stage, they are both mature adults,” the judge said.
“The complainant has been sexually awoken, shall we say, by having two relationships with men and she had become ‘free’ when the second relationship broke down. The only thing that might change that is the fact that they were a brother and sister, but we’ve come a long way from the 1950s – when the position of the English Common Law was that sex outside marriage was not lawful.”
Well, there you are then. We only thought incest was bad way back when we were on the wrong side of history. We’ve learned so much since then. Like that an adult man can rape his 10-year old sister (and that’s bad), but when she turns 18, it’s perfectly acceptable to take advantage of her proximity and vulnerability. Perfectly logical.
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