It's so much worse. There may yet be hope for their unborn children, however The actual effects of inbreeding in human populations — let alone individuals — is not easily quantified. It's accepted that higher relationship coefficients increase the risk of recessive or deleterious traits showing up in offspring including congenital birth defects , but the chances of that happening are not easy to pin down.
They're considered generally quite low on a case-by-case basis. Could also be a sadistic, murderous, beady-eyed boy-king with a punchable face, but odds are good that he'd be otherwise physically OK. Scientific research and countless generations of observation gives us a somewhat better understanding of the effects of widespread inbreeding among populations, where manifestations can include reduced fertility, increased genetic disorders, poor facial symmetry, higher infant mortality and immune system dysfunction.
Royal families are sickly and goofy-lookin'. But let's be clear here: No one thinks keeping it in the family is O. We've been wired to think incest is unnatural for more than one very good reason.
Many of these laws are in place to prevent abuse of family power dynamics more than anything; penalties often become significantly more severe when one of the participants is younger than the age of consent.
But most civilized places have penalties — including jail time and death — even when both parties are of age and willing. Exceptions are few, far between and full of pitfalls.
There are apparently no laws against incestuous relations of any kind between consenting adults in the Ivory Coast. Some places, like Argentina and Brazil, do not specifically criminalize incestuous acts but prohibit marriage between lineal relatives. Meanwhile in Zimbabwe, Vietnam and Iran, incest is a potentially capital offense, no matter how distantly you're related. And in the U. Every state and the District of Columbia have incest prohibition laws, but some, like Rhode Island, only specifically prohibit marriage.
New Jersey excuses anything when both parties are over What's not to be done is done America has had its share of high-profile borderline cases, from one of its presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, who married his once-removed fifth cousin Eleanor, too far apart to be much of a scandal to Rock 'n' Roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, who wed his year-old first cousin once removed Myra Gale Brown when he was That marriage, legal only via parental consent even in , would last 13 years and produce two children.
The scorn and scandal surrounding it, however, ended Lewis' career. And everyone knows the story of Woody Allen's marriage to Soon-Yi Previn — which isn't legally incest, but only on a technicality.
But his place as a father figure before their relationship was publicized when she was 19, and details of how it all developed, would never sit right — especially after new sexual abuse allegations emerged years later.
More recently and on a lighter note, to conclude this altogether unpleasant inquiry researchers in Souther California are celebrating the arrival of two endangered puma cubs in the wilds of the Santa Monica mountains, named "P" and "P The cubs' father is suspected to be "P," which would also make him their grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather.
You make the Lannisters look downright pure. Such a thing would never happen in King's Landing, though we can't speak for that savage north of The Wall. This is Game of Thrones after all.