Why Moms Have Sex With Sons
Genetic Sexual Attraction
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 14, 2010 11:07 AM CDT
This undated picture provided by Oakland County Sheriff's Department via The Detroit News shows Aimee L. Sword.   (AP Photo/Oakland County Sheriff's Department via The Detroit News)

(Newser) – It may seem strange that Aimee Sword would want to sleep with her biological son, but that kind of taboo attraction may not be as rare as we think, writes Tracy Clark-Flory of Salon. Close biological relatives who meet as adults have been known to experience such attraction—author Barbara Gonyo dubbed the phenomenon “Genetic Sexual Attraction” in her 1980 book on her own charged reunion with the son she gave up for adoption.

There’s not much research on the subject, but based on the feedback she’s received, Gonyo’s convinced GSA is fairly common. Many report feeling as though they met an opposite-sex version of themselves. “It is so strong and you can’t even stand to be away from each other,” says Gonyo. Nor is there a clear biological mechanism preventing such attraction; some anthropologists theorize that it's early cohabitation that typically squelches it. None of which absolves Sword from sleeping with a 14-year-old. That, Clark-Flory stresses, was child abuse.

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Johnathan Huntington
Oct 31, 2015 4:21 AM CDT
Incest is wrong mainly because of younger child may develop emotional problems and secondly, because its morally wrong. In cases of pregnancy, defects in the infant are more likely.
Aug 17, 2010 6:37 AM CDT
Incest is not wrong its very good habit we can save the earth
Jul 15, 2010 1:45 PM CDT
You know I went to a therapists and he told me I had "Oxygen Intake Syndrome" and needed to come back next week to start the healing process.