It'd make legal gray areas that would make situations like the ones I described almost impossible to prosecute or even detect at all. If Johnny and Sally come out and say "hey mom and dad, we're 23 and 20 years old and we're in love" there's no way of knowing how long that relationship has existed or how it started and could have easily started yesterday or started because Johnny made Sally blow him when she was 12 and it fucked up her entire notions of adult sexuality and now this is all she knows. If incest is made legal, that might just look to people the same way teens fucking in high school already does and we can't and don't prosecute high schoolers for having sex underage after the fact.
Originally Posted by Llamas
If a teacher has sex with an underage student, the teacher is always at fault, even though I know there were teachers I would have willingly had sex with happily. But my not being able to do so largely stems from a ton of situations where that wasn't the case. Incest works in the same way because it's impossible to tell if the consent is genuine or the result of some kind of manipulation that even the person "consenting" doesn't entirely understand. This is why there's a legal black and white despite the fact that there's obvious gray areas, because enough people are hurt that it's worth sacrificing those who enter these relationships responsibly.
This isn't an issue of commonplace or acceptance because molestation will never become acceptable and never did
I argue that making incest legal will make it so. But it would create tons of weird legal loopholes and situations where burying legitimate claims of molestation and rape is easier than it already is.
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