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.
Anything at or above 0.0156, the coefficient for second cousins, is considered consanguineous; that includes relationships between people and their nephews and nieces. For one thing, 25 states ban marriage between first cousins, and another seven states have restrictions on it (for example, in Arizona first-cousin marriage is allowed only if both people are 65 or older, or if one is unable to reproduce).
Those laws might make some individuals reluctant to say they are in a consanguineous relationship and result in some undercounting of relationships.
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.
To assess consanguinity, researchers give relationships an inbreeding coefficient — the higher the number, the closer the two individuals are related.
As Frame Game has argued before, topics such as sex with animals, dog-eating, and sex with cousins are never as simple as they're made out to be.
Often, you have to change your opinions on related issues in order to honor that principle, or you have to throw out the principle and change your mind about the original question. You can't appeal to the Bible; in the Bible, God commands marriages between first cousins.
Instead, advocates of laws against cousin marriage appeal to science.
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.
Fact is, that’s why these kinds of things are regulated.