Inzesttabu, Westermarckeffect und Freud

Leser Roslin wies auf den Westermarkeffekt hin:

The Westermarck effect, or reverse sexual imprinting, is a hypothetical psychological effect through which people who live in close domestic proximity during the first few years of their lives become desensitized to later sexual attraction. This phenomenon, one explanation for the incest taboo, was first hypothesized by Finnish anthropologist Edvard Westermarck in his book The History of Human Marriage (1891). Observations interpreted as evidence for the Westermarck effect have since been made in many places and cultures, including in the Israeli kibbutz system, and the Chinese Shim-pua marriage customs, as well as in biological-related families.

In the case of the Israeli kibbutzim (collective farms), children were reared somewhat communally in peer groups, based on age, not biological relation. A study of the marriage patterns of these children later in life revealed that out of the nearly 3,000 marriages that occurred across the kibbutz system, only fourteen were between children from the same peer group. Of those fourteen, none had been reared together during the first six years of life. This result suggests that the Westermarck effect operates during the period from birth to the age of six.

When proximity during this critical period does not occur — for example, where a brother and sister are brought up separately, never meeting one another — they may find one another highly sexually attractive when they meet as adults, according to the hypothesis of genetic sexual attraction. This supports the theory that the populations exhibiting the Westermarck effect became predominant because of the deleterious effects of inbreeding.

Auch interessant die Ausführungen dort zu Freud:

Freud argued that as children, members of the same family naturally lust for one another (See Oedipus complex), making it necessary for societies to create incest taboos,[2] but Westermarck argued the reverse, that the taboos themselves arise naturally as products of innate attitudes.

Steven Pinker wrote on the subject:

The idea that boys want to sleep with their mothers strikes most men as the silliest thing they have ever heard. Obviously, it did not seem so to Freud, who wrote that as a boy he once had an erotic reaction to watching his mother dressing. But Freud had a wet-nurse, and may not have experienced the early intimacy that would have tipped off his perceptual system that Mrs. Freud was his mother. The Westermarck theory has out-Freuded Freud.

—Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works

Zu Freud hatte ich in meinem Judith Butler Artikel geschrieben:

4. Sigmund Freud

Freud setzt bei der Urhorde an, deren Stammesvater ein Despot ist, der von den Söhnen verehrt und gehasst wird, insbesondere weil der Despot alle Frauen der Horde besitzen will. Deswegen haben diese den Despoten umgebracht. Die neue Gemeinschaft habe dann neue gesellschaftliche Regelungen geschaffen, die verhindern sollen, dass so etwas noch einmal passiert. Diese sehen vor, dass die Männer nur außerhalb ihrer Sippe heiraten dürfen, was also das Inzestverbot begründet hat (abenteuerliche Just so Geschichte, aber was soll man sagen).

Im Ödipuskonflikt geht Freud davon aus, dass Jungen einen Hass auf den Vater entwickeln, die Mutter aber ebenso wie diese Begehren. Wegen dieses Begehrens wiederum entwickeln sie Schuldgefühle gegenüber dem Vater sowie eine Angst vor Bestrafung, insbesondere durch Kastration (weswegen der Penis in unserer Phallokratie auch eine so enorme Bedeutung hat). Sie verlagern ihr Begehren der Mutter dann aus Angst vor der Kastration durch den Vater auf andere Frauen.

Die Mädchen wiederum begehren die Mutter, Wechseln dann aber zum Vater, weil sie in ihrem Penisneid die Mutter, die ja ebenfalls keinen Penis hat, für das Fehlen des eigenen Penis verantwortlich machen. Den der Penis wird, warum auch immer, vielleicht auch nur, weil man ihn sehen kann, als Normalfall gesetzt. Und da das Mädchen einen Penis will, ihrer aber “kastriert” ist, begehrt sie den Penis des Vaters und dies überträgt sich auf ihre Vorliebe für Männer. Tata, Heterosexualität!

In der Tat eine recht abenteuerliche Geschichte. Da klingt der Westermarckeffekt aus meiner Sicht deutlich glaubhafter.