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Marriage Expectations

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I sometimes wonder whether a lot of people have extremely high expectations for their romantic relationships, which may be contributing to the higher divorce rate. I’m not going to say that there aren’t a LOT of other factors contributing to it. But I kind of feel like movies and television shows have given us weird skewed expectations/unrealistic ideas about what marriages should be like. Plus, when you get right down to it, people don’t like to talk about their marriages a lot in my experience.

EMILY SAIDEL: I propose that that the gap between relationship fantasy and relationship reality is new, in the sense of the last hundred years, and that it is linked to the proliferation of mass media. Continue reading

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Monogamy

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Monogamy is unrealistic! People need variety! Life is like a sexy salad bar. We get sick of hard boiled eggs after awhile—we want to try carrots.

AKIE BERMISS: Gentlemen, it is a fine cause to take up the argument against monogamy. I understand, I dig it, I commiserate: I’m with you. But, also, I don’t really think there’s much of an argument there. Well, I think its important that I state, out front, that I am a one-woman man. That is, I’ve never really gone in for polygamy. As a matter of personal taste. I can hardly keep up with one person in a romantic or sexual context, let alone several. Continue reading

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