During the mid-to-late ‘00s there were a bunch of documentaries made about genetic sexual attraction, motivated by the high profile arrests and court cases at the time. I recently found Brothers and Sisters in Love. (It wasn’t easy.) It was apparently made in response to that other British documentary on GSA, which was generally sympathetic to the couples, and seemed to argue for some kind of social acceptance.
documentary takes a much more complicated (and sour) tone. It has the
sympathy one might have for the victim of a car crash. Of course in many
cases the feelings are unrequited, and sometimes it’s best to pursue a
platonic relationship, but that is not the case for everyone. Not
everyone can just move on. Yes, it can be very complex, but this
documentary actually supports (maybe inadvertently) that most of what makes GSA
relationships complicated is how other people react. I can’t help but feel
that this documentary is trying to impose a one-size-fits-all view of
GSA, that it’s tragic but that everyone should abstain.
all of that though, the documentary is full
of great moments in support of accepting GSA couples. They couldn’t
avoid the power of real people defiantly standing up for themselves.
(I’m sure they realized it makes for a more compelling documentary as
The self-confidence of the woman in this clip makes me smile so much.
There’s also the
lawyer of the Stuebing siblings. I really wish he’d succeeded in his
case. At least it started a conversation.
Then there's this great
illustration of why I even use the word “consanguinamory”.
thing I do appreciate about the documentary though, is the argument it
seems to be making that it can only help if society has a better, more
sympathetic understanding of GSA. Some of their choices are weird,
though. Despite being about sibling couples, they quickly throw one
mother-son couple in, a couple who were traumatized by the sudden
extreme psychological dissonance brought about by the conflict between
their disgust at the idea of “incest” and their overwhelming desire to
commit “incest”. Having only one interview like that sends a weird message. I know for a fact that it’s not representative.
Anyway. Watch it in full for yourself and decide what you think. Despite my dislike of
its editorial attitude, I think it’s possibly the best documentary on
GSA out there. (Then again, there isn’t much competition.)