Well, it had to happen sooner or later. According to Professor Valerian Ciocel, one of the legal experts taking part in Romanian legal reforms, new Criminal Code of that EU member country is going to decriminalise incest. Instead of being jailed, "consenting adults" caught in incest will be given psychiatric treatment without criminal records.
This story appears to be rather old, but it was picked by mainstream Croatian media only yesterday, most probably due to extra publicity created by Fritzl verdict. In any case, the timing for the revelation of this new initiative is worst possible. I can already imagine headlines like "Romanians Would Legalise Fritzl".
Most comments in Croatia, so far, has descended into usual ethnic stereotyping of an Eastern, Orthodox and therefore "barbaric and un-European nation". Many claim that the Romania was forced to do it due to widespread incest among members of their Roma community.
Most people who would try to comment on this without ethnic stereotyping are going to be social conservatives. For them, this initiative is going to be long-sought Holy Graal - convincing argument about liberal legislation paving the way for all kinds currently unacceptable sexual behaviours.
Just as homosexuality was first decriminalised, then legalised and tolerated by being viewed as a relationship between consenting adults, so would incest. The argument about "slippery slope" now looks more convincing.
On the other hand, one of the most important and convincing arguments for the preservation of incest as social taboo - likelihood of genetically deformed offspring of incestous pairs - was weakened by contraxeption, the very same technological advances that made sexual revolution possible.
Romania (and the rest of the "enlightened and progressive" Western world) took that road, but I still don't see legalisation and social acceptance of incestous pairs any time soon. The economic crisis - if it is as bad as many predict - would turn most people more conservative for at least decade or two. It would probably take three or four decades before constitutional amendments for sibling marriages in California.
Many years ago, on this very date, I started my first regularly updated diary. I wish I could have marked that occasion with some long essay about blogging and diaries. Circumstances, just like in case of my 5th blogiversary, didn't allow anything more than this short post.
In pure blogging terms, 2005 was for me more
"interesting" than 2004. I switched blog provider, saw an increase of
people linking to this blog, while at the same time, I had less time for
blogging, which reflected itself on frequency and quality of my posts.
I don't think that this blog in 2006 is going to be much
better than it was in 2005. I'll maintain it as best as I can under the new
I hope that 2006 in general is going to be better than 2005.
And I extend this wish to all the readers of this blog.