Who watched Primetime – The Outsiders last night??? The half brother and sister that are in love and planning on getting married made me nauseus. One of the readers of this blog has a step-brother, which is no blood relation, and I can’t imagine her ever kissing or becoming romantic with him. Eeww!
I understand that one of the big issues in cases of “genetic sexual attraction” (which I agree with the guy on the show who said that was just a fancy way of saying incest) is that the two people have been seperated from childhood. One woman was saying that she thinks it’s the body’s response to not having bonded at the appropriate time. This woman said she had given her son up for adoption at 15 and he was 27 when he found her and she was sexually attracted to him. She said that he looked, acted, and had the same sense of humor as his father. Personally? I think she was misplacing her sexual attraction for his father to him. She probably remembers his father much like her son was – young, vibrant, attractive, etc. She said she knew it was disgusting to people but she couldn’t just make herself stop feeling what she was feeling. She never acted upon it and her son didn’t feel the same way about her.
The brother and sister didn’t find each other until their late 20’s. Turns out their dad was sleeping with several women and their mothers were pregnant at the same time. They’ve been together as a couple for over 7 years and want people to accept it and allow them to marry. They had some expert that said first cousins who marry only have a 2% greater chance of having children with birth defects than people who aren’t related but studies have never been done on siblings who have children. This whole thing is repugnant to me. Even the woman kept calling it incestuous. But she had the attitude of “So?”
The school that used shock treatments I was undecided about. They showed several students who would severly hurt themselves – bite themselves, slap and hit themselves in the face that they had to tape padding to his hands and arms to protect his head from injury, a girl who would slam her head against things so badly that they thought she was going to go blind from permanent damage. They showed before and after video of these students and they seemed to make dramatic improvements. Especially the violent ones. They use the shock treatment at the beginning of an outbreak to pull the student back before they can get out of control. Only about half the students at the school are hooked up to the shock machines. They only get shocked when they do something bad (although what constituted bad behavior was questionable). The reporter asked to be hooked up to one of the machines and was shocked so she could see just how bad it is. She said it hurt and that she was glad it was over. She also said that there were students whose machines were 5 times stronger than the one she used.
The parents of several violent children said it has turned their life around. One girl became afraid at even seeing one of the machines. One boy has graduated from the school and said he agrees with the treatment and feels he would not have accomplished what he has in life without it. He has austism but holds down a job and lives in a group home rather than with his parents.
After seeing all the information – I don’t know what I think. It isn’t out of the question that there are circumstances and particular cases where this treatment could work well and make real improvements in someone’s life. But, there are obviously cases where it can do even more damage to a child who already is developementally disabled. From what they showed – they didn’t convince me either way.
One thing I have to say for this show is that they don’t really have an “agenda”. When they present a story – it seems like they just present the information and then have people for and against the situation. It doesn’t appear to be biased at all. I like that. It’s refreshing for a “news” program.