Sunday, October 18, 2009

Incest in the morning! 97.1!

(That's a family guy quote, btw..)

There's a curse to playing Devil's Advocate all the time, which seems to be a condition I've developed from being a former school debate team member and surrounded by people who are terrible at arguing points and empathising with others. It has grown to freakish levels, to the point where I know feel the need to try and defend incestuous relationships.

No, hear me out..

Wait, no, don't bother. Basically ninemsn has an article that talks about the idea of a condition causing the urges, called Genetic Sexual Attraction. According to the world's most reliable source of information aside from that guy with the beard on The Einstein Factor (Barry Jones?), Wikipedia,

People commonly rank faces similar to their own as more attractive, trustworthy, etc. than average.[citation needed] Heredity produces substantial physical similarity between close relatives. However, Bereczkei (2004) attributes this in part to childhood imprinting on the opposite-sex parent. Shared interests and personality traits are commonly considered desirable in a mate.

Which put in that light sounds fairly reasonable.

That said, earlier in the article it says..

This phenomenon - siblings separated at birth and meeting only as adults and falling in incestuous love - is known in the folk epic, the Finnish national epic Kalevala and the tragic hero Kullervo being the prime example.

The PRIME example? Which cod-sucking Finnish daft punk wrote this shit? Get off your laptop and piss off back to your mandolins, elk-herding and hardcore pornography, Sven Olaf Ericsson! Ever heard of a little story called Oediphus that Sophocles wrote? No! Too busy playing ballads on your homemade Magbushyaaagvontaffek viola I bet!

Anyway, in their wisodm NineMSN opened the article up for comments. There are more than a couple - here's a typical example, from somebody in 'Brissy'. Literally this name translates to 'Land of the severance of the foreskin', which would mean either Israel or the United States, but in this context I think it's a nickname for Brisbane, 'land of the detachment of higher brain functions', capital of the proud state that believes Daylight Savings fades the curtains too quickly, abolished slavery sometime after Federation and produced Alan Jones. All that considered the following comment is quite mild:

once the couple involved discover their biological connection, they should back off. Things can get way too complicated. I have a friend who, though not blood related, had a relationship with what is now considered her "brother". His mother married her father. They now have a child and my friend has come to realise that the childs father is kind of her uncle. Its very complicated esp as they have now seperated due to the confusion. Our society has bounderies for a reason! Think of the children involved and try to keep your raging hormones in check esp when you're meant to be mature enough to do so.

Yes, you read it here first, if you're a Queenslander an inability to work out a family tree is cause enough to break things off completely.

I'd never get a run up there... here's the best approximation of my family tree that I was capable of drawing up just then:

A very keen observer may note that my parents were both adopted from different families by the one family, at different ages, and then married later. So, going by the above Queensland standard I come from an incestuous union and can be regarded as inbred. Also by Queensland standards, the lack of knowledge of my predecessors means I could easily be 1/8th or 1/16th Aboriginal and thus should only be allowed to take my business to shops with guns under the counter.

In all seriousness, the unusual situation with my parents (which they avoided explaining to me for quite a long time) is probably why I'm more sympathetic than most, even though I have a lot of trouble with the opposing viewpoints.The thing with this case is that I can understand the idea of a mental condition.. but every comment sympathetic to their plight is creepy, no matter how hard it tries.

I knew a friend who met her biological mother. My friend was always gay and when she met her biological mother, it was not long before the relationship became intimate. It was intensely sad when they 'broke up'. A relationship lost again. I imagine the intense bond between a parent and child has to play out in some way when it has the ability to do so. It is time to support people through this stuff rather than condem them for it. We can't just 'understand' it in one breath and ridicule it in the next.

See what I mean?

The absolute most disturbing quote is from an article linked to from the original, wherein a woman talked about the sexual attraction she had to her own son upon being reunited... the highlight for me was

Barbara has successfully come to terms with her feelings for her son, although she, admits that it took her nearly 13 years to do so.

13 years, people.

“When Mitch got married 12 years ago,

When he GOT MARRIED. Because obviously if they were having extra-marital sex that would be fucked up. What do you say to this, random Ninemsn'er?

This is sooo wrong on so many different levels. I dont know how someone could even think that this is normal in any possible way!

Funny thing is, if you look at the comments, NOBODY is saying it's normal. But people online seem very disinterested in reading, only writing.

Well, I'm losing enthusiasm rapidly for the plight of the GSA'ers. Maybe I've been cured of Devil's Advocitis at last! Thank you randy re-united adopted people!


Youth of Australia said...

The PRIME example? Which cod-sucking Finnish daft punk wrote this shit? Get off your laptop and piss off back to your mandolins, elk-herding and hardcore pornography, Sven Olaf Ericsson! Ever heard of a little story called Oediphus that Sophocles wrote? No! Too busy playing ballads on your homemade Magbushyaaagvontaffek viola I bet!

Thanks. This stopped me hurting for a couple of minutes. I LOLed.

Jared "No Nickname" Hansen said...

Glad to be of service in a roundabout way.

For the record, this was one of those posts where I looked back at what I wrote and was thinking "Why the fuck did I write that?" pretty much as soon as I posted it.

Youth of Australia said...

The usual reasons

- it was witty
- it was intelligent
- it needed to be said
- it proves you're still alive
- it's better than the same media critique Spara is offering

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