methanal at gmail.com
Thu Oct 2 18:33:40 CEST 2008
On 2.10.2008, at 16:16, Gary Leach wrote:
> I'm not real sure why we have that comparatively relaxed view of the
> matter. For all I know it goes back to our colonialization, when it
> would have made a great deal of sense to open reproductive
> opportunities out as far and wide as prevailing legal, religious and
> social mores could be persuaded to allow.
Here's the really interesting thing: You don't. The U.S. has the
strictest marriage rules of the "western democracies"; the widespread
(though not universal) ban on first cousin marriages is actually harsh
compared to european standards. So the real question is, what do the
greeks have up their arse?
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