Is Mackenzie Phillips’ incestuous relationship with dad, John Phillips, an anomaly? Or more common than you think?
Casanova and His Daughter, Leonilda
Casanova may be remembered as the definitive ladies’ man, seducing courtesan’s throughout Europe, but the truth is quite a bit darker. Stories of rape and battery followed this troubled man on his trail through Europe. He also had his share for STDs in an age before penicillin, but the most cringe worthy tale he penned himself in his memoirs involves his incestuous relationship with his own daughter. Casanova seduced Donna Lucrezia (and her 17-year-old virgin sister) when she was married to another man.
Years later (about 18), he meets another 17 year old girl and decides he wants to marry. Her name is Leonilda, and when she takes him home to Mom, Casanova is shocked to find it’s good old Donna Lucrezia and she tells him, sorry, this girl is actually your bastard child. The engagement is off, but Casanova, being a true pervert, still has a menage a trios with mother and daughter, although, he claims he didn’t actually have intercourse with her on this occasion. Not that it matters, since he still can’t resist having a full-blown affair with her later and fathers his own grandchild.
Most royal lineage is twisted and convoluted, but the most inbred descendents of European kings would be sickened by the practice of the Ancient Egyptians who frequently married their siblings. These unions were for practical purposes, often consolidating power, but were also reproductive.
The most famous Egyptian woman to rule, Cleopatra, married her 12 year old brother when she was 18. No wonder she didn’t bat an eye at the age difference when 52 year Julius Caesar became her lover when she was 21- at least he wasn’t related. After her first husband/brother, Ptolemy XIII died, she married another brother, Ptolemy XIV, though she was still Julius Caesar’s lover and it is doubtful it was anything but a marriage of political convenience.
In 1998, author Kathryn Harrison published a confessional book, The Kiss, detailing her affair with her mostly absentee father, during her college years.
In Germany, Patrick and Susan Stuebing, biological siblings who were raised apart and first met when they were 23 and 16, live together as a couple, and have four children together. Their story has gotten both recrimination and sympathy. Patrick has served time in prison for their incestuous relationship and all but the youngest of their children has been placed in foster care. They are currently trying to get the laws criminalizing their relationship overturned.
Anais Nin, the much acclaimed writer of erotica, had many sexual liasions in her life including affairs with writer Henry Miller and his wife, June.
Even more shocking, she had an incestuous relationship with her father, Joaquin Nin, a famed Cuban composer. He had abandoned the family which also included two younger brothers, when Anais was 11. Two decades later they reunited and she was seduced by him.