Through a combination of old prejudices and present-day conventional wisdom about inherited birth defects, first cousin marriage is seen by many as a little too close for comfort, as well as a bad idea if you want children.
However, first cousin marriage is far more common, and far less dangerous, than many of us have been led to believe, as you’ll soon see.
This question comes from a Group Therapy post in our Très Sugar Community. I fell in love with my step cousin when he stayed with my family for a month.
The following month, I move out to Los Angeles and stay with Madonna and Sean at his home in Malibu.Madonna tells me she feels isolated, and I don't blame her.As one man in such a relationship recently discussed, some members of the couple’s immediate family no longer speak to them and have never met the couple’s children.Madonna is on the LA set of the Material Girl video, sashaying down a staircase, decked out in a fuchsia satin replica of the gown Marilyn wore in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, when she comes face-to-face with hot actor Sean Penn.We seemed to have this great connection right from the start. first of all, our families have no idea right now and would not approve.
We seemed to understand each other completely, and became best friends in no time. Second, he lives on another continent, thousands of miles away.Researchers note that the distinction in marriage bans between England and the U. may be explained by the fact that, in the United States, the practice “was associated not with the aristocracy and upper middle class [Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were second cousins] but with much easier targets: immigrants and the rural poor.” Regardless, cousin marriage bans began popping up across the states, with the first in Kansas (1858).Ohio, NH, NV, ND, SD, WA and WY banned the practice in the 1860s, and many more had enacted bans by the 1920s.In fact, it is estimated that as many as 80% of the marriages in human history have been between first or second cousins.This switch in cousin-marriage’s acceptance began in earnest in some parts of the Western world in the mid-19th century. Natural Selection himself, was married to his first cousin Emma Wedgwood.Parallel Cousins In some societies, first cousin marriage is traditional and well-accepted, although many make a distinction between “cross-cousins” and “parallel cousins.” Cross cousins have parents who are siblings, but of the opposite sex. Likewise, mothers who are also sisters may overtly or covertly share sexual access to the husband of one or the other, raising the possibility that apparent parallel cousins are actually half-siblings, sired by the same father . S., as well, as more and more studies continue to debunk the overblown risks once commonly touted.