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April 12, 2016
Apparently, genes are the go-to explanation when it comes to rationalizing what used to be considered absolutely taboo. Michael Cook at MercatorNet reports on such a response to a "a passionate incestuous romance between a 51-year-old British woman and her 32-year-old American son." In Cook's telling:
Kim West was studying in California when she had a child out of wedlock. She gave him up for adoption and turned to England. Nearly 30 years later she learned that her son Ben Ford wanted to contact her. When they met, they immediately felt an overwhelming sexual attraction. Ben ended up abandoning his wife and moving in with his mother. They live together and are considering having children.
These sexual feelings are called "post-adoption romance." An American adoption counselor, Barbara Gonyo, coined the term "genetic sexual attraction" (GSA). GSA is used to describe any feeling of sexual attraction between siblings, first and second cousins, or a mother/father and son/daughter who meet for the first time as adults.
A columnist for The Telegraph writes:
"Those who succumb to GSA are not sickos, or freaks, but victims who desperately need help and understanding. Their feelings are not controllable, but with scientific research and support, we can give them some degree in control over this devastating affliction."
In a culture in which no sexual impulse is to be denied legitimacy or labeled as deviant, this is hardly surprising. •
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