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Genetic Sexual Attraction vs. Incest

I just read a story about a woman in Detroit who gave her son up for adoption 10-years ago, only to now track him down and had sex with him. [article from mlive.com].  At first, this just seems like a case of a deranged woman who forced her son to commit incest.  However, while reading this story, it reminded me of a story I read about several years ago.

It involved a case of a brother and sister who was separated as children and met as adults.  They found out they were siblings yet chose to engage in a sexual relationship. [abc story].  The story brings to life a condition known as Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA).  How GSA is different from incest is that in all GSA cases, there is a common element that family members who engage in culturally prohibited sexual intercourse were all separated as children and only reunited as adults.  Experts say that this new found bond creates this urge to catch up with a family member to a point that it crosses culturally acceptable norms and becomes incest.

In my mind, there is a difference between incest and what could be classified as GSA.  I can imagine the feelings of connection and lost that comes with finding a long lost relative and how that could translate to lust or love in someone’s brain.  Is it wrong?  I can’t judge.  Is it understandable? Yes.

3 Comments on “Genetic Sexual Attraction vs. Incest

  1. I am in Australia and am in a gsa relationship with my father. We were charged with incest in 2008 and had much media attention. I am more than willing to talk openly to any lawyers, counsellors or those who find themselves in gsa relationships.

    gsasupportaustralia@gmail.com

  2. Thank you for taking the time to consider that there may have been something more to this story than the vile attack that the media headlines suggested. Indeed, genetic sexual attraction is a far more prevalent problem that most adoption professionals would even admit, and we do all of our clients a disservice when we shirk our responsibility to alert them to it. This news story was exploited by media sources, but it seems that there is much more to the tale than is yet publicly known. It should, however, stand as a precautionary tale to all about the potential damages of secrecy and closed adoptions!

  3. Hi, I just wanted to say thank you so much for being understanding. When my half brother whom I’d never met before contacted me VIA social networking a few years back, I thought he was attractive before I even read his message. But it got worse when we started talking more, much worse, and so far nothing has been mutually shared or expressed, but I can’t help wondering if he has feelings too. It’s making me very scared to meet him in person, especially with the conditions of our fathers death and what it has done to the family. Thank you for understanding.

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