I was having this discussion with my friend last night, I feel like we're made to feel more taboo than it really is. You don't live with that person and they aren't a part of your immediate family, is it as strange as make it out to be?
Most Helpful Girl
Well it depends on whether you grew up close with them or not. My cousin is like my brother so I can't even think about being attracted to him. But if you didn't grow up with them I could see it a little. But not like "OMG I want you" just like "Oh my cousins cute.".1
Most Helpful Guy
I think it is certainly more common than what most people think it is. I can tell you without feeling ashamed that I had a huuuge crush on my cousin who's 4 years older throughout my whole puberty and early 20s. She has always been someone who gets a lot of compliments for her looks and she even did this nude modelling (when my aunt told me about that as a teenager, I remember it made me really horny for my cousin haha ;-)). My cousin is also a super sweet and caring girl, so it's not hard to also fall for her emotionally. Nothing ever happened and I don't think she even knows any of this but I can tell you that I was often daydreaming of her. Maybe it's also because I didn't see her frequently... so when I saw her, it didn't feel so much like we're cousins, it felt more like meeting an old friend.
Personally, I don't see anything problematic with liking your cousin. I don't know about the law in America but in my country Switzerland, it's actually legal to marry and live with your cousin as a couple.1