As if there weren’t enough incest threads on this board already …
As the Master pointed out, people in many countries are more relaxed about romantic relationships between cousins than the average American. I’m curious about the prevailing attitudes in the UK.
For one thing, there are close ties between British and American culture. For another, I understand that the UK has many immigrants from African and South Asian cultures where marriage between close family members (say cousin/cousin or uncle/niece) is acceptable or even encouraged. I’m not sure how that would influence attitudes in the rest of the population - seems to me it could go either way.
So let’s imagine a couple in the UK, first cousins, in a serious relationship, of age, male/female, fertile, from a family in which such a relationship has not occurred in some time and not part of an immigrant culture in which such relationships are commonplace. What would be the most common or likely reaction of the family and other people? Would there be easy acceptance? Raised eyebrows? Concern? Shock? Disgust?