Romantic friendship between women in Europe and North America became especially prevalent in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, with the simultaneous emergence of female education and a new rhetoric of sexual difference.
The study of historical romantic friendship is difficult because the primary source material consists of writing about love relationships, which typically took the form of love letters, poems, or philosophical essays rather than objective studies.
For much of the gay male community, dating is a concept that was ushered in by the HIV/AIDS health crisis.
These days, of course, it is not only a gay men's health crisis, but one that affects increasing numbers of heterosexual men and women, and lesbians.
Are the chances of finding a good partner on Tinder or Bumble really worth all the work of swiping and small talking?
My two biggest concerns with dating during the technological renaissance are: finding authentic connection, and learning how to sustain it.
Dating is not a new phenomenon, per se, but it sure seems to be enjoying a renaissance of popularity now, partly in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis.
Dating's popularity seems to be a backlash from the carefree, promiscuous, and often anonymous sex days of the 1970s and 1980s.
Her friends smirk, not looking up.“Tinder sucks,” they say. At a booth in the back, three handsome twentysomething guys in button-downs are having beers.
What does romance feel like now that I’ve grown into a new womxn and a new potential partner? And as I look back at the beginning of my last relationship and realize the that made themselves present to me at the time, how can I trust myself with starting something new after I let so many things slide?
Speaking of sliding and swiping and general gestures from left to right, what about online dating?
The line of thinking about dating is that it might be the best way to explore and develop healthy relationships.
This believe is being followed by a diverse group of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
By the time we called it quits, there was a mixture of both sadness and relief. We had a lot of weird social ties and past experiences that made the foundation of what we shared rather weak.