September 25, 2009
There has recently been a lot of press coverage surrounding the revelation that One Day at a Time star Mackenzie Phillips had a sexual relationship with her father, musician John Phillips. Most of the news reports were, of course, highly judgmental of the late Mamas & the Papas founder. This got me wondering about the inane taboo we Americans have with regard to incest, even on a consensual level.
While sexual relationships between parents and their adolescent children are quite common in more evolved countries like Canada, France, Germany, and Greece, they are socially unacceptable, if not illegal, in most of the United States. How unfortunate this is. Personally, I think it imperative that both parents help their sons and their daughters explore their sexuality, beginning around the time of puberty. This will help them build the foundation for a healthy sex life in their later years. I say both parents because I feel it is important that we provide our offspring with a sound basis for evaluating heterosexuality, bisexuality, or homosexuality as a potential lifestyle choice. Absent such valid experience with both parents early on, many women might go through their entire life without realizing they have a palate for the succulence of fine sashimi tuna. Likewise, many a boy may grow into a frustrated man, never knowing that a plump and juicy all beef frank was the missing piece to what would have otherwise been a happy life.
Alas, as Charles Dickens once said, “the law is an ass”. Thus we will continue to see generation after generation grow up without ever realizing their sexual potential. I blame the Christians and Republicans.