Aries asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

Why are the southern US states associated with incest? Where did this stereotype come from? ?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    Isolation, mainly. "Where you tended to get actual inbreeding in the South tended to be in remote areas that are, or were, hard to reach: Mountain valleys in the Ozarks and Appalachians, or settlements in south Louisiana (which didn’t get paved roads until the 1930s). And it didn’t happen because people were trying to mate with their close relatives; it’s just that in an isolated population with few newcomers, after a few generations everybody is kin to everybody else. I have been told that if you are from one of the older families in St. Martinville, Louisiana, and you marry someone from St. Martinville, you are marrying your second cousin or closer—simply because every family there is related, after 200+ years of intermarriage with not that many new people moving in. So mountain communities tend to get some inbreeding, not because the people particularly want to shag their cousins, but because after a few generations, every potential mate is a relative."

    See the whole article in the source link.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    racism plus a lack of white women

  • 2 months ago

    RINO pride, and incomptence,justfying their rape of the south.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    it seems its more white hillbillies ONLY based on that movie Deliverance and the jokes I hear

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because it WAS true in the past - documented from numerous socioal and medical studies. A high incidence of mental retardation in smaller rural southern communities is partly attributed to it. The joke "Alabama, we're one big happy family...really", has some basis in fact. 

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