Not a joke. The Swedish courts have recently ruled that a 21 year old refugee can stay married with his pregnant 14 year old cousin.
Incest /ˈɪnsɛst/ is sexual activity between family members or close relatives. This typically includes sexual activity between people in a consanguineous relationship (blood relations), and sometimes those related by affinity, step family, those related by adoption or marriage, or members of the same clan or lineage.
Dating, mating — and worse, procreating — with family members is something that is usually frowned upon in Western culture.
Dating, mating — and worse, procreating — with family members is something that is usually frowned upon in Western culture, but in many societies around the world, it’s actually quite normal. In fact, royalty tend to marry within the family in order to keep the bloodlines pure, although this can lead to a host of medical problems across generations. This is a reality that has become more and more evident as medical science has advanced, physicians and researchers deciphering the connections between genetic mutations and inbreeding.
And it’s not just in royal families or rural backwoods where people have ended up marrying their siblings or cousins as the media have portrayed in many a horror movie. There are also plenty of celebrated scholars who have married their family members. Charles Darwin, for example, married his first cousin. They even went on to have ten children together, and it was only after three died at young ages that Charles worried about whether or not inbreeding was the reason behind their deaths. We’ll never truly know for sure if his suspicions were right, but what we can be certain about is that there are a number of abnormal physical traits that can arise from mating within the family. Some of these are outward and overt, but there are also others involving internal struggles that can debilitate the systems of inbred offspring.
Here are 15 of the strangest traits that may result from inbreeding:
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