just found this via telegantmess
My parents are first cousins, and there are a couple of others in my family tree. It’s pretty common in South Asian cultures. No birth defects here. Sometimes I wonder if there’s a subtle classist/racist thing happening - “oh, we don’t support what those backwards people are doing!”.
which i think is a really good analysis; the weird american hating-on of cousin-marriage almost certainly has plenty to do with pretty explicit racism
at the same time, though, i think there’s also a lot of ableism going on, and a lot of classism as well
an underlying assumption of the disgusted response to cousin-marriage is often that it’s just terrible to imagine a culture which is ok with marriage practices that might slightly increase the possibility of producing children with atypical health issues or disabilities
this attitude is ableist insofar as it promotes the idea that medically atypical and disabled lives are transparently and always awful and gross and undesirable; lemdi notes:
Illinois, for one, and Indiana for another, don’t allow marriage between first cousins unless they’re past reproductive age—and you have to have proof from a physician.
that is creepy, invasive, ableist goddamn state policing of one’s reproductivity
in addition, in the u.s., i think cousin-marriage is most often associated with poor people in this really ableist-classist way: ‘they’re poor because they’re stupid, and they’re stupid because they’re inbred, they’re inbred because they let cousins marry each other!’ - a gross (in both senses of the word) biologizing and normalizing of poverty and disability
so, in short: badly designed infographic with awefully racist, classist, ableist politics
file under: queer people supporting cruddy things to argue for rights i don’t care very much about