To marry according to the law of the community is to become a full
citizen; to refuse marriage is to be a stranger, a child, an outlaw, a slave, or a traitor. The one
constant in every society of humankind is that only those who obey the laws, taboos, and customs of
marriage are true adults.
-Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card.
I would like to focus on one word of that; taboo
It such a powerful word, to break a tabu is declare your self outlaw. Tabu’s are so powerful yet we barely realize many of them exist, they are so basic to us :
- animal-human sex
- adult-child sex
- sex with the dead
- defecation and urination
- exposure of body parts
Next I want to state too important facts.
1) No taboo is known to be universal, but some (such as cannibalism, intentional homicide, and incest taboos) occur in the majority of societies.
2) Certain taboos have lost their power over periods of time (Homosexuality, interracial marriage).
Now consider the taboo breaker, to them what is taboo to society is not taboo in the personal. They must consider them self at war with a society which is doing them an injustice. They are outcast and outlaw.
You are a member of a society with taboos, consider the two points I made earlier; No taboo is known to be universal, taboos can lost power.
If these are true, then maybe taboos should not be given the power, that they have. Question your taboos, less you make outcasts out of decent human beings.