One U.K. woman is currently making headlines for having a relationship with her adult son, whose baby she reportedly plans on having.
The Huffington Post U.K. reported that 51-year-old Kim West and her 32-year-old son Ben Ford "have now been in a relationship for two years, plan to marry, and have an 'incredible' sex life," according to a cover story in the new U.K. tabloid paper the New Day.
According to the New Day, West gave Ford up for adoption more than 30 years ago. It wasn't until 2013 when Ford decided to track her down, sending her a letter introducing himself.
After talking on the phone and eventually meeting up IRL, sparks flew. It was like they had "known each other for years," West said, according to the New Day. She revealed that she soon started having recurring sex dreams about her son, who was married at the time.
The attraction was mutual. Ford divorced his wife so he could start a relationship with his biological mother.
Rather than viewing their relationship as incestuous, the duo insists that they are merely leaning into their Genetic Sexual Attraction.
"This is not incest, it is GSA," West said, according to the New Day. "We are like peas in a pod and meant to be together."
While the New Day story should be taken with a grain of salt, GSA is a legit phenomenon. In a nutshell, GSA is what occurs when biological family members who never knew each other in childhood meet for the first time as adults and experience an intense sexual attraction to each other.
There's not a lot of legit research out there on the subject, but a website for the Genetic Sexual Attraction Forum, an online community/general resource for people dealing with GSA, loftily claims that "feelings of more than just a familiar level occur in up to 50% of all post adoption reunions."
In 2015, New York Magazine published an in-depth interview with an 18-year-old girl who lost her virginity to her father after being estranged from him for 12 years. Like West and Ford, the father-daughter pair claimed to have an immediate bond due to GSA and planned on marriage and babies in the future.
Unfortunately for both couples, parent-child incest is generally regarded as bad. And Psychology Today reported that when first-degree relatives have a baby together, there could be some serious, even fatal, complications.
Nevertheless, West said in the New Day story that she is undeterred by stigma.
"I know people will say we're disgusting, that we should be able to control our feelings," she said, according to the New Day. "But when you're hit by a love so consuming you are willing to give up everything for it, you have to fight for it."
h/t the Huffington Post