The headline for the Daily Mail article focuses on David Epstein’s equation of sex with his biological daughter with homosexual sex, but I was stunned by the admission that a member of the Political Science staff at Columbia was having sex with his adult child:
The political science professor at Columbia University, 46, allegedly slept with her between 2006 and 2009.
Epstein, who specialises in American politics and voting rights, is also said to have exchanged twisted text messages with the woman during their relationship.
Matthew Galluzzo, defending Epstein, has said that even though his daughter had emerged as a victim in the case, she could ‘best be described as an accomplice’.
He told ABCNews.com: ‘Academically, we are obviously all morally opposed to incest and rightfully so.
‘At the same time, there is an argument to be made in the Swiss case to let go what goes on privately in bedrooms.
‘It’s ok for homosexuals to do whatever they want in their own home. How is this so different?
‘We have to figure out why some behaviour is tolerated and some is not.’
Really? We have to figure that out?
How about because the world has enough banjo pickers:
Seriously though, from a strict Constitutional perspective, does the government have the power to tell a consenting adult they cannot have sex with another consenting adult, regardless of the relationship?
I’m going to say yes on incest, and it comes down to the definition of “consent.”
Do you know why the age of consent is important?
To protect children, who may not have any understanding exactly what they are being asked to do or have any idea of the consequences of their actions, from adults trying to take advantage of them.
One of the things I learned while working with sex offenders is how sex offenders use positions of power to force children to do what they want. A parent is a position of power, especially over their child. Were a parent to raise a child with the intent of creating a sexual plaything, it would be very easy for them to assert their power over said child.
Rather than incest being taboo, it’s normal.
This doesn’t allow the adult child to truly “consent,” because they might not be able to fully comprehend the consequences actions due to the parent’s deviant influence on them.
What do you think? Why should incest between two consenting adults be illegal, other than it’s disgusting?