This Story About A Teenager Marrying Her Dad Will Make Your Head Spin
Oh god. I don’t even know where to begin, so here goes: New York Magazine has an interview with an 18-year-old woman who is dating and engaged to her father. It is fascinating, but even more so it is disturbing and unsettling. I try to be openminded and tolerant of people’s life choices, but I’m going to draw the line at dating your effing father. This story should come with a giant, flashing WARNING sign up top.
Yes, the magazine has gone ahead and topped their “What It’s Like To Date A Horse” interview with “What It’s Like To Date Your Dad,” and it is as weird as you can imagine. The relationship is described as Genetic Sexual Attraction (ie, when genetic relatives have a romantic connection or bond, often after being separated or meeting as adults) which can happen, apparently, for reasons “including a primordial feeling of always having ‘belonged’ to the estranged relative, a sense of wanting to experience the bonding missed out on during childhood, or simply an overwhelming closeness based on similarities: like meeting a mate who was designed for you in a science lab.”
In this instance, the 18-year-old woman was estranged from her dad, 36, for twelve years. They reunited when she was 17, and are now in a romantic relationship. The entire interview is worth reading, but here are some, er, highlights. Be warned, your head might hurt from shaking it a lot while reading. To be clear: she is describing an incestuous relationship with her father. Some of the content could be very trigger-y for some readers. For that reason, I’ve put it on the next page.