Liberal Outlet Defends Incest, “Genetic Sexual Attraction is Normal, and Very Real”

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February 18, 2015 8:11am PST

A new article on the liberal feminist site Salon actually defends incest, saying it’s normal to be sexually attracted to a family member.

The article quotes a Jezebel essay by writer Natasha Rose Chenier, a young woman who fell in love with her biological father at the age of 19. Rather than condemn the practice of incest, the article appears to sympathize and even defend the plight of Chenier and her father.

Chenier’s main argument is that she fell victim to genetic sexual attraction, which she calls a normal biological fact of people being sexually attracted to their parents. She wrote:

I imagine that, unless you have experienced genetic sexual attraction yourself, this is going to sound entirely unbelievable. But trust me: it is as real and intense as anything. The sexual feelings I had for my father felt like a dark spell that had been cast over me — a description that a therapist told me had been used almost verbatim by another client who had experienced father-daughter GSA. … It was like those nightmares in which you scream and no one hears you: you are powerless and you know it. I was not only a victim of my father’s two-year seduction; I also felt a victim of my own sexual feelings. … I felt ashamed of myself, and I had no one to talk to about it. I wasn’t equipped to understand or handle my feelings.

Since this is Jezebel after all, it’s not surprising that Chenier’s argument falls back to feminism. She ends up almost saying that to be anti-incest is to be anti-feminist.

To many people, parent-child incest is as repellent as pedophilia, to which it is linked in obvious and complicated ways. But we are schizophrenic on this issue: calling one’s male sexual partner “daddy” is commonplace, and parent-child sexual attraction is referenced and parodied frequently in pop culture. […]

Within a patriarchal system, the idea of father-daughter incest is especially disturbing, because it is already entrenched in so many of our traditions, as well as our most cliché gendered stereotypes — the reluctant father walking the daughter down the aisle on her wedding day, giving her away to her husband-to-be, as though he had previously owned her sexual being.

In the end, Chenier says that it is completely normal for children to be attracted to their parents, and that it is up to the father or mother to resist their advances.

“…genetic sexual attraction is normal, and very real. If it is a parent-child relationship, the parent, whether male or female, is always responsible for establishing and maintaining boundaries. Failing that, they are sexual abusers,” she said proudly.

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