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      Would You Have Sex with a Distant Family Member?

      By Tabatha Leggett

      April 30, 2013
      From the column 'Question of the Day'

      It's a classic Friday night story. Girl meets boy, girl and boy share saliva, girl goes back to boy's house. The next morning, in a state of post-coital pillow-talk bliss, they find out they're related. It's a serious issue that affects a lot of people and doesn't get enough press coverage because, selfishly, no one wants to admit fucking a blood relative in the national media. 

      Except for in Iceland, that is, where accidental incest is so much of a problem that a company have developed a phone app in an effort to cut down on sexy family reunions. But is such an app still necessary? In a world as sexually liberated as this, is incest still a taboo? Yes, obviously it is, but I thought it would be fun to ask people if they'd have sex with a relative – either close or distant – anyway.       

      Robin (left) and Aaron.

      Aaron, 29, designer: Pretty much just no. I'd say 100 percent no.
      Robin, 27, art gallery, director: Unequivocally not.

      How far removed would a relative have to be for you to hook up with them?
      Aaron: Entirely.
      Robin: They could be in no way related to me.

      Three times removed?
      Aaron: No.
      Robin: No.

      What if it was an accident? Would you feel guilty?
      Aaron: Wow.
      Robin: I’d feel a lot of guilt, remorse and resentment.
      Aaron: I’d get as far away as I could from that person. I’d possibly leave this earth. I’d tell nobody.

      Jessica (left) and Melanie.

      Melanie, 22, trainee industrial clerk: We’re German.

      That’s OK – it’s a global question.
      In that case, no.
      Jessica, 19, trainee industrial clerk: Me too.

      What if it was a really far-removed cousin? 
      Melanie: Maybe.

      How far removed?
      Very far. If it was someone who'd married into the family, that would be OK. But bloody – I don’t know how to say this – no.

      That was a good way to say it.

      Kate, 23, fashion recruiter: Yes. I’ve slept with my step cousin, but that doesn’t really count.

      He’s not related by blood?
      No, so it's OK. I wouldn’t sleep with an actual cousin.

      Did you know you were cousins?
      Yes, but we’re step cousins! Also, I was pretty drunk.

      Do you regret it?
      No, it’s fine.


      Jordan, 27, labourer: No.

      What if it was a step cousin?
      No. If it was blood related, then no.

      But if they're not blood related it's fine?

      What if you accidently had sex with a blood relative?
      I’d be mortified. I’d apologise.

      That’s polite.

      Simon, 40, branding consultant: No, I would not.

      Really? What if they were a step cousin?
      No, definitely not. I’m a married man. But even if I wasn’t married, I don’t think I would.

      What if you did it by accident?
      I wouldn’t do it again.

      That’s sensible.

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      Topics: sex, incest, cousins, Iceland, voxpops


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