Glad I found an already existing thread for this so I don't accidentally create a copy.
God where do I start? Incest Relations I would guess, started out as just another attractively forbidden kink, but as I got older, and the more exposed to it I've gotten, it'd developed into this entire political and moral standing for me, and not just something that flicks my switch. I've gone through my own experiences in life to realize that it is incredibly short and fragile, and there's no room for what if's and missed opportunities that lead to regrets. Well as I say this I'm realizing all that is double edged, especially regrets. Would missing out on loving your sibling/relative be regrettable? Or would going through with it be? As was stated by the original poster, a related couple would no doubt need to exercise precaution in a relationship, in order to get the maximum amount of safety while still experiencing companionship together. But my rant isn't about Incest itself. It's about Society's part in it.
I know that Incest is "unnatural", and that it has genuine mental and health risks. And yet I get so, incredibly infuriated when I witness the views, beliefs, and comments made by Society at large about the topic. God forbid if a brother and sister close in age discover a spark like any other usual couple would. I've read comments claiming such a union to be toxic, to be tragic, to be abusive, especially from more religiously oriented opinions. In this day and age of liberal progressiveness and all inclusive activists, Incest is still firmly buried under the crosshairs of everyone's gun. I've grown to be so afflicted by society's conditional nature, dotingly expressing the all encompassing splendor of Love and it's many forms...except Incest, cause that's disgusting and you're going to Hell and we'll hate you if you do it.
I don't actively support Incest relations, but I'm not going to lynch the next couple of people for falling into it. The act of two people will not directly affect the lives of seven billion, but what we should do is expand our mission of instilling the mindset of safe sex, and also work toward decriminalization. Even legally mature adults will still be thrown in jail if they're caught together as siblings. In Germany a Man and Woman met as adults after being separated as children. They fell in love and even started a family. The man was jailed over and over because he wouldn't stop being in love with his sister. The news article was a depressing read.
I want to also note that yes, I'm speaking as an outsider. I don't have a sister and I only have one cousin that's close in age and even though she's cute, there's no desire there. I also understand that many people with siblings have claimed they love them but the thought of sexual intimacy still disgusts them. I realize this is most likely representative of the majority, I'm not claiming otherwise. I just don't want the exceptions to be demonized like they are by people.