After doing a little research, we are surprised to find that, in about half of the U. Of course, your question does not concern the legality of your prospective union, but what society will say.
In other words, it’s rough, and aside from the act of cannibalism, no single reflex of the hive mind triggers such a deep-seated, troglodytic response as whom we choose to couple with.
Which is funny, you know, because even with all of our proscriptions against incest and such, if you read your Bible you’ll notice that humans started with just one man and one woman, so clearly their children would have had to hook up to propagate our millennia-crossing, evolutionarily dominating species, right?
And aside from this religious perspective, how about the scientific? But you can see how, with a little bit of rationalization, even the most disturbing of practices can become commonplace, even if legal in Alaska. Now, don’t get me wrong, we’re just as permissive as the next East Coast, liberal, media elite, but there are lines even we recommend not crossing.
As this chart from Wikipedia demonstrates, if you’re planning on making babies, hooking up with your blood relatives is, genetically, not so bad. Which is why here, once and for all, we’re going to outline whom you may socially acceptably date.
Question: Dearest Non-Expert, I recently reconnected with my brother’s wife’s cousin, who I originally met in college before my brother’s wedding.
Back then, I was a directionless drunk with weight issues, and was not much of a catch.
Now I’ve got all that sorted out, and we have great chemistry. Many say it’s “weird,” while others tell me to go for it. I’d rather not contribute to any negative stereotypes. I know it’s legally allowed, but is it socially acceptable?
Thank you, Michael Answer: Michael, We have often wondered the very same thing, or very nearly the same thing. ) Apparently, according to this related article, a little over 10 percent of all marriages in the world are between second cousins or closer.
A first cousin shares only 12.5 percent of your own genetic ancestry, and based on various studies, it would seem that the chances of producing an offspring with serious abnormalities are about the same as whatever percentage of genetic ancestry is shared. Which means that even a total stranger, from another country, race, and ethnic group is at least sorta related to you. Degree of relation determines the acceptability of relationships.
Furthermore, based on genetic studies of nearly all peoples of the world, Mitochondrial Eve is theorized (in the scientific sense; not in the sense of, “Evolution is only a theory, and what about intelligent design? Like, even if you’re not related by blood to someone, there are, as I reckon, about three levels of relations that should be considered when deciding who you can date: “personal,” “professional,” and “other.” Of course a lot of that “other” is going to be concerned with instances, like, say you’re at a kegger and you meet a Japanese foreign exchange student and you’re both really drunk.
Obviously you wouldn’t need our advice to know that there’s practically a frat’s-worth of third base coaches waving you in.