Words matter. Words shape how we view and feel about things. How we describe sexually deviant behaviors can have a big impact on how society views that behavior. Incest seems to be the latest sexual perversion that is vying for public acceptance. Social scientists are not calling it incest, but rather “genetic sexual attraction.” The similarity this has to “same-sex attraction” is obvious, and I would argue that this similarity is intentional, and political. It’s clearly not an accurate description. “Same-sex attraction” is an accurate, scientific description because these people are attracted to members of the same sex as themselves. The same cannot be said of “genetic sexual attraction.” One is not literally sexually attracted to someone’s genetic material. They are sexually attracted to a close family member (parent, sibling).
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