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Straight out of the tabloids

I was actually looking for their Books feature section when I stumbled over an article in the Guardian Unlimited, a UK paper, about a marriage between "twins separated at birth" being annulled. I read the story because I was intrigued. To me, "separated" suggested conjoined twins, who would of course be identical twins of the same gender. Shades of Sheri S. Tepper's Sideshow! In that novel, androgynous conjoined twins are indeed, surgically made into male and female siblings. However in this instance, the twins were merely fraternal twins, male and female, adopted by two separate families. In an incredible coincidence, they met, fell in love, and married. The family court has now annulled that marriage.

What a story! What a heartbreak! More Lone Star than Sideshow. Interestingly enough, the article focuses on a debate in the House of Lords about the use of in-vitro fertilization and sperm donors and the need for people to know their biological parents so they can avoid biological incest. They speak as if technology has made this a new risk.

And yet, when you think about it, we all have to trust our mothers as to who our fathers are. I'm sure there have been innumerable instances of siblings mating over the course of human history. Actually, the sociological side of it creeps me out as much or more than the biological. If two people raised as brother and sister find out they are not in any way blood relations and then want to get married, should that be called incest or not? It would make my skin crawl, but maybe it wouldn't bother other people. First cousins used to get married quite often—they still do in many cultures. But in the U.S., the thought makes us cringe.

That's one thing the Guardian article doesn't address. Did these folks want to have their marriage annulled or not? From other stories online, it sounds like they initiated the annulment. But apparently they also felt an immediate attraction when they first met. Apparently, it isn't only opposites who attract. And coincidence isn't always happy.


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karen_w_newton
Jan. 12th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think the sociological part is harder to fight. Social relationships are as important a biological relationships. That's why the Wood Allen/Soon-Yi Previn marriage made me nauseous.
stephdray
Jan. 12th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
You know, I'd read some study recently that said siblings who have grown up never knowing one another, are often wildly attracted to one another when they meet. They often seek therapy for it, when they know. In this case, they didn't, and I think it's very sad.
karen_w_newton
Jan. 12th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
It is sad. It's like their genes call to each other or something,
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