Category Archives: Love Essay (2010)

The Digital Confines of Love, Sex, and Gender

Anybody familiar with the concept of love knows that it’s never simple. It is so complicated, in fact, that the idea of making a relationship public to the entire world seems ludicrous… but then there’s Facebook. Ah, Facebook, where relationship … Continue reading

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On the Prowl: “Cougars” and their “Cubs”

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.” The infamous line from The Graduate refers to a recent trend in love and dating that seems to have just emerged from the closet – or bedroom. Cougars: they are sexually and romantically … Continue reading

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Geertz and Levi-Strauss Reveal Summer Love! Tell Me More!

Ahhh… Summer Love: the hot romance so common among our youth is actually almost unique to American culture and sometimes incomprehensible to others. It can only be understood based on the exclusively American interpretation of what “love” is, in contrast … Continue reading

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Hook Up Culture

As my parents remind me on a regular basis, things these days are much different than when they went to college. My mother is constantly telling stories of the boys she dated when she was in college and asking me … Continue reading

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1,2,3,4 Tell Her That You Love Her More or You’ll Be Going Home Alone: A Closer Look at a Modern American Dating Ritual

Speed dating is a new form of matchmaking for the fast-paced world of modern America. A new concept, speed dating brings a group of young people together in a structured environment to help them meet eligible men and women. When … Continue reading

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The state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law – this was the original Merriam-Webster definition of marriage.  The state of being united to … Continue reading

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Bromantic Love

Love takes many different shapes across the landscape of a culture, whether it be romantic, familial, heterosexual, or homosexual.  Lately within American culture, a ‘new’ kind of love has been appearing that has been coined ‘bromance’ — a heterosexual sort … Continue reading

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