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Comment Re:Wherever data is collected, it is abused (Score 1) 179

I've heard tell that in Iceland, where the patronymics can be matronymics (?) - they just don't care - and then bastardy would have less of an impact, but I suppose the kids at school wouldn't be overly kind even in that kind of environment. "you've got no dad" But I haven't heard of many places like Iceland, anyway.

People like to pretend today that a lot of our western cultural mores aren't related to religion, but they are. We'd become accustomed to optimal nuclear family units and bastardy was considered more negative than when it was just a mechanism to make sure the 'right' heir got the land. In the Middle Ages, 'sport' was the term for going to the local whorehouse and having some fun, and nobles took it for granted that they could satisfy their lusts with whomever caught their eye.

Comment Re:Wherever data is collected, it is abused (Score 3, Informative) 179

My older brother was killed when I was about 20. Sad times all around, he left behind two kids and it was a dumb accident with alcohol and drugs involved. Anyway, the same guy from the previous story was at the wake. In the line walking up to the casket, he was mouthing off to the other people paying respects, claiming that my father was responsible for his death and needed to own that. Which was ludicrous on its face, as my father was nowhere near where the accident happened, but hurtful at that kind of service. Inappropriate thing to say, and even if true shouldn't have been mentioned at that kind of service with his wife and kids around.

I remember drinking to vomit that night and crying my eyes out with my father wishing we could go around the corner and kill the motherfucker.

That was probably the worst one, but there are many more...

Comment Re:Wherever data is collected, it is abused (Score 1) 179

Also, you can say whatever you like, but prostitution has a stigma for the descendants of the female involved. Would you like to question who your natural father or grandfather is? You most likely haven't faced the situation, so it's going to be pretty blithe for you to say you wouldn't care. It's not so easy when you face the situation.

The issue of parenting will always place a stigma on women sleeping around. Bastardy is still a thing and will be forever. Once that part of your life is past, everyone is free to be Blanche from the Golden Girls.

Comment Re:Wherever data is collected, it is abused (Score 1) 179

Graves are actually harder to find than you might think. You have to know a lot about the person to suss this kind of information out - something I discovered searching the Upper Midwest for my wife's lineage - a whole series of Dutch, German and Scandinavian immigrants who proceeded west generation after generation. Another issue is that the older graves tend to suffer from acid rain damage and some of the engravings are hard to read, though this is more of a problem after 100 years than before. A registry would be nice but no one is funded to do it. Some churches and secular cemeteries provide an index but this is haphazard.

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