Incest is a popular topic in English erotic fiction ; there are entire collections and websites devoted solely to incest , and there exists an entire genre of pornographic pulp fiction known as "incest novels". Incest is sometimes mentioned or described in mainstream, non-erotic fiction. Connotations can be negative, positive, or neutral. British musician Kate Bush 's song " The Kick Inside " from her album of the same name depicts an incestuous relationship, pregnancy and suicide involving a brother and sister. The German metal band Rammstein touches on incest in " Spiel mit mir ", "Play with me" , featuring an incestuous relationship between brothers.
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The Sheffield incest case concerns the conviction in November in Sheffield Crown Court of a year-old English man who, undetected over a period of 25 years, committed repeated rapes of his two daughters and fathered seven surviving children with them. Apparently unrepentant, he received 25 concurrent life sentences and is required to serve a minimum of fourteen and a half years in prison. His original sentence was life with a minimum period of 19 years 6 months, but this was overturned on appeal having been ruled excessive. After this and a similar incest case in Swindon in , independent inquiries were set up to examine the way in which the case was dealt with by local authorities, the medical profession, and child help agencies. The defendant in the case was referred to as the "British Fritzl",  "The Gaffer" a name he called himself ,  or "Mr. He was responsible for bringing about many pregnancies with his two daughters from the early s until his arrest in The man continued the abuse by frequently relocating his family to keep them isolated , keeping them out of school when they had any visible injuries,  and threatening them with violence.
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In the United States , the legality of incest varies widely between jurisdictions regarding both the definition of the offense and penalties for its commission. In all but two states and the special case of Ohio, which "targets only parental figures" ,  incest is criminalized between consenting adults. In New Jersey and Rhode Island, incest between consenting adults 16 or over for Rhode Island, 18 or over for New Jersey is not a criminal offense, though marriage is not allowed in either state. New Jersey also increases the severity of underage sex offenses by a degree if they are also incestuous, and criminalizes incest with year olds the normal age of consent in New Jersey is
The incest taboo is one of the most widespread of all cultural taboos , both in present and in past societies. In most cases, the parents did not have the option to marry to remove that status, as incestuous marriages were, and are, normally also prohibited. A common justification for prohibiting incest is avoiding inbreeding : a collection of genetic disorders suffered by the children of parents with a close genetic relationship.