Well, the West is at it again, only this time, it's using its entertainment medium to attack our sensibilities and the issue is incest. In Afrikan societies sibling incest (including in the royal family in Kemet and elsewhere) has been a longstanding taboo. For that matter incest has been a nearly universal taboo. But in recent times, television programs like Game of Thrones have brought the issue to the forefront by glorifying the “twin-cestuous” relationship between the characters, Cersei and Jaime Lannister. This has popularized the ideas and has attracted millions of viewers and discussion about incest in popular Reddit threads. Also, the MTV show “Happy Lands” just announced its upcoming brother/sister incest plot, with the show's star Bianca Santos making headlines for declaring, “Incest is hot, and we’re going to have fun!” There they go opening up more cans of worms!
Recently an Australian Judge, Garry Neilson, came under fire last month for suggesting that society may no longer see sex between siblings as “unnatural” or “taboo,” Sydney Morning Herald reported. Neilson’s comments arose from an incest case he presided over earlier this year in which a 58-year-old man was charged with repeatedly raping his younger sister in 1981, when she was 18 years old and he was 26. (The judge refused to admit evidence to the jury that the defendant had earlier pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his sister when she was 10 years old and he was 17 in 1973, “reasoning” that the sexual abuse that occurred previously was not connected to the sex that happened when she was 18.)
In his controversial statement, Judge Neilson said just as homosexual sex used to be socially unacceptable but is now recognized, “a jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ‘available’, not having [a] sexual partner.”
He went on to say that the “only reason” incest was still a crime was because of the high risk of genetic abnormalities in children born from consanguineous relationships “but even that falls away to an extent [because] there is such ease of contraception and readily access to abortion.” Predictably, the judgment sparked mass public outcry, most notably from child protection and gay rights advocates, and leading to a full investigation by the New South Wales Judicial Commission and disciplinary review. Nielson was subsequently stood down from criminal trials and the ruling set aside.
What in th hell is going on here?