Professor Spencer, an evolutionary zoologist, said these laws should be repealed, especially in America, where he said they were drafted in a way that discriminated against the rural poor and immigrants: "Neither the scientific nor social assumptions behind such legislation stand up to close scrutiny.
Such legislation reflects outmoded prejudices about immigrants and the rural poor and relies on over-simplified views of heredity.
(see what i did there) So, we are a couple drinks in and well into a deep flirty conversation about past relationships when my aunt spots us and heads over.
When I was older and found out that I had been crushing on my own bloodline, I freaked out.
It’s true that dating your cousin is legal in some US states. Post your own thoughts and questions in our boards and start chatting with other girls.
The risk of giving birth to babies with genetic defects as a result of marriages between first cousins is no greater than that run by women over 40 who become pregnant, according to two scientists who call for the taboo on first-cousin families to be lifted.
Women in their forties are not made to feel guilty about having babies and the same should apply to cousins who want to marry, said Professor Diane Paul of the University of Massachusetts in Boston and Professor Hamish Spencer of the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.
I just got back from a 2 week vacation to Paris for a cousin's wedding and general drinking/shopping. Sincerely, Kissing Cousins Dear Kissing Cousins, I'm going to ignore your annoying j'adorable statement and just chalk it up to you being slightly nuts, which you'd have to be if you're really considering pursuing a relationship with your cousin.
During one of my last nights there I met a strapping young lad at a local pub frequented during my stay. Now, it's not even like you're in the territory of 4th or 5th cousins where you have no idea how you're even related, second cousins are very simple to understand.
There is no scientific grounding for it." In the UK, the issue came to the fore when the MP Phil Woolas, now the Immigration minister, claimed earlier this year that first-cousin marriages within Asian communities in Britain resulted in an increasing number of children with health problems.
"A lot of arranged marriages are with first cousins, and that produces lots of genetic problems in terms of disability [in children]," Mr Woolas said.
Are you telling me that the dating pool where you live is so small that you're actually considering entering an LDR with someone who you would probably wind up producing special needs children with? That mommy and daddy have the same great grandparents because well, blah blah blah Hapsburg princes did it blah blah. Aside from the creepy aspect of sharing the same bloodline, do you want to get into something with someone that's going to be at every family function for the rest of your life after you inevitably stop hooking up/hanging out/discussing the fact that you share the same ancestry. If you're looking to meet guys, take up a new hobby or hit the bars, not your goddamn family reunion.