This typically includes sexual activity between people in a consanguineous relationship (blood relations), and sometimes those related by affinity, such as individuals of the same household, step relatives, those related by adoption or marriage, or members of the same clan or lineage.
Incest not necessarily means sexual intercourse, but all forms in which humans express their sexuality can qualify.
In the animal kingdom, incest exists, but among species that have two sexes it is comparatively rare because inbreeding can be genetically disadvantegous for the offspring. Many mammal species tend to avoid incestuous mating.
In humans, most modern societies have laws regarding incest or social restrictions on closely consanguineous marriages.
- Between adults and children
- Between childhood siblings
- Between consenting adults
Incest can be consensual or nonconsensual (i.e. sexual abuse/rape). Even when it appears consensual, it may not be true consent when one person is below the age of consent, or when there is a power imbalance.
Incest and spanking
When the spanking of a child by a parent, uncle, aunt, or sibling is not purely disciplinary but sexually motivated, whether by the spanker or by the spankee, the spanking itself can be considered incest. In child abuse, physical and sexual abuse can be found combined.
Incest in spanking fiction
Examples of incest and spanking found combined in works of Victorian erotic fiction are:
Incest and spanking is also found combined in some modern hentai manga and anime. Incest is normally considered the greater taboo, so if the incest taboo is being broken in a work of fiction, the step to also include spanking is a comparatively smaller one.
BDSM relationships and roleplay
Among consensual BDSM relationships and roleplay are some forms that are called, and mimic certain aspects of, a parent/child relationship, such as Daddy/girl or Mommy/boy. While the "incest" aspect can give some people awkward feelings about these, others have no such problems. Some people may prefer variants such as "Uncle/niece", "Stepmommy/stepson" or "Teacher/schoolgirl" to reduce the "feeling of incest".
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