Father-Daughter Incest

  • Judith Herman
  • Lisa Hirschman


The incest taboo is universal in human culture. Though it varies from one culture to another, it is generally considered by anthropologists to be the foundation of all kinship structures. Lévi-Strauss describes it as the basic social contract; Mead says its purpose is the preservation of the human social order.1 All cultures, including our own, regard violations of the taboo with horror and dread. Death has not been considered too extreme a punishment in many societies. In our laws, some states punish incest by up to 20 years’ imprisonment.2


Sexual Abuse Sexual Contact Male Therapist Family Constellation Sexual Approach 
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  • Judith Herman
  • Lisa Hirschman

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