daddy's little girl's girls
From darkest Australia we're given a fore-glimpse of enlightened post-Christian sexuality, coming soon to a Gender Studies seminar near you. You'll be edified to see how naming and owning their personal truth has emancipated the innovators from a static, one-size-fits-all morality:
A father and daughter, who have a baby girl together, had another child who died a few days after birth from a congenital heart disease, court documents show. John Earnest Deaves and his daughter Jennifer Anne Deaves are at the centre of an incest scandal in South Australia over their seven-year relationship.
The couple had started a relationship together after being reunited in 2000, almost 30 years after Mr Deaves separated from Jenny's mother. Because of problems with her own marriage, Ms Deaves had gone to live with her father at Yongala, in South Australia. Their physical relationship developed later that year and both ended their marriages and began living together.
It appears there were qualms of conscience at first. But the heart has its own reasons.
Mr Deaves admitted that he "initially" thought having sex with his daughter was wrong. "Emotions take over, as people no doubt realise. There are times during your life where emotions do rule the heart, it rules the head," he said. "I knew it was illegal. Of course, I knew it was illegal but you know, so what."
Feminist theologians Joan Chittister, Sandra Schneiders, Margaret Farley, et al., have taught us to call orthodox Christian morality "patriarchal." Interesting, is it not, that Mr Deaves should shatter the paradigm of oppressive patriarchy by having his way with his daughter. How we've grown!
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Posted by: -
Apr. 08, 2008 8:23 AM ET USA
"I knew it was [wrong] but you know, so what." A statement for our times.
Posted by: -
Apr. 07, 2008 8:05 PM ET USA
Incest is usually frowned upon because of alleged birth defects in children that result from the union. But the real problem is that the relationship itself is abusive and an affront to the trust that must exist between parents and children. How can one become one flesh with one's own flesh?
Posted by: -
Apr. 07, 2008 9:29 AM ET USA
Ugh. There goes breakfast.