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Romancing In Thin Air
Romance is the expressive and pleasurable feeling from an emotional attraction towards another person. This feeling is associated with, but does not necessitate, sexual attraction. For most people it is eros rather than agape, philia, or familial love. In the context of romantic love relationships, romance usually implies an expression of one's strong romantic love, or one's deep and strong emotional desires to connect with another person intimately or romantically
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Human Bonding
Human bonding
Human bonding
is the process of development of a close, interpersonal relationship between two or more people. It most commonly takes place between family members or friends,[1] but can also develop among groups, such as sporting teams and whenever people spend time together. Bonding is a mutual, interactive process, and is different from simple liking. Bonding typically refers to the process of attachment that develops between romantic or platonic partners, close friends, or parents and children. This bond is characterized by emotions such as affection and trust. Any two people who spend time together may form a bond. Male bonding refers to the establishment of relationships between men through shared activities
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Casual Sexual Relationship
Casual sex is sexual activity that takes places outside a romantic relationship and implies an absence of commitment, emotional attachment, or familiarity between sexual partners.[1][2] Examples are sexual activity while casually dating, one-night stands, extramarital sex, prostitution, or swinging.Contents1 Social norms and moral concerns 2 Legal issues 3 Religious views 4 Prevalence 5 Related terms5.1 General 5.2 Hookup6 Commercial sites 7 See also 8 References 9 BibliographySocial norms and moral concerns[edit] Attitudes to casual sex range from conservative and religious views, the extreme of which may result in imprisonment or even capital punishment for sexual relations outside heterosexual marriage, to liberal or libertarian views, the extreme of which is free love.[citatio
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Monogamy
Monogamy
Monogamy
(/məˈnɒɡəmi/ mə-NOG-ə-mee) is a form of relationship in which an individual has only one partner during their lifetime or at any one time (serial monogamy), as compared to polygamy, polyandry, or polyamory.[1] The term is also applied to the social behavior of some animals, referring to the state of having only one mate at any one time.Contents1 Overview 2 Etymology 3 Frequency in humans3.1 Distribution of social monogamy 3.2 Prevalence of sexual monogamy 3.3 Prevalence of genetic monogamy4 Evolutionary and historical developme
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Non-monogamy
Non-monogamy
Non-monogamy
(or nonmonogamy) is an umbrella term for every practice or philosophy of intimate relationship that does not strictly hew to the standards of monogamy, particularly that of having only one person with whom to exchange sex, love, and affection. Therefore, in that sense "nonmonogamy" may be as accurately applied to infidelity and extramarital sex as to group marriage or polyamory. More specifically, "nonmonogamy" refers to forms of interpersonal relationship, intentionally undertaken, in which demands for exclusivity (of sexual interaction or emotional connection, for example) are attenuated or eliminated
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Mutual Monogamy
Mutual Monogamy
Monogamy
is a form of monogamy that exists when two partners agree to be sexually active with only one another. Being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship reduces the risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection.[1] It is one of the most reliable ways to avoid STIs.[2][3][4] Those who choose mutual monogamy can be tested before the sexual relationship to be certain they are not infected. This strategy for the prevention of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection requires that each partner remain faithful and does not engage in sexual activity with another partner.[5] Mutual monogamy differs from serial monogamy which is a current monogamous relationship that has not been established in the past and may not continue into the future
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Polyamory
Polyamory
Polyamory
(from Greek πολύ poly, "many, several", and Latin
Latin
amor, "love") is the practice of, or desire for, intimate relationships with more than one partner, with the knowledge of all partners.[1][2] It has been described as "co
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Polyfidelity
Polyfidelity is an intimate relationship structure where all members are considered equal partners and agree to restrict sexual activity to only other members of the group.Contents1 Origin 2 Function 3 Benefits and challenges 4 Other usage 5 See also 6 References 7 External linksOrigin[edit] The practices and beliefs underlying polyfidelity have long existed, but in uncodified fashion. The Oneida Commune of the mid-19th century practiced complex marriage, encouraging individual members in the freedom to have multiple ongoing sexual relationships within the community, as an expression of their beliefs and religious faith
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Cicisbeo
In 18th- and 19th-century Italy, the cicisbeo (Italian pronunciation: [tʃitʃizˈbɛːo]; plural: cicisbei), or cavalier servente (chevalier servant in French), was the professed gallant and perhaps lover in a sexual sense [1] of a married woman, who attended her at public entertainments,[2] to church and other occasions and had privileged access to his mistress. The arrangement is comparable to the Spanish cortejo or estrecho and, to a lesser degree, to the French petit-maître.[3] The exact etymology of the word is unknown; some evidence suggests it originally meant "in a whisper"[4] (perhaps an onomatopeic word). Other accounts suggest it is an inversion of bel cece,[5] which means "beautiful chick (pea)". According to OED, the first recorded usage of the term in English was found in a letter by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
dated 1718
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Concubinage
Concubinage
Concubinage
(/kəŋˈkjuːbɪnɪdʒ/) is an interpersonal and sexual relationship in which the couple are not or cannot be married. The inability to marry may be due to multiple factors such as differences in social rank status, an existing marriage, religious or professional prohibitions (for example Roman soldiers), or a lack of recognition by appropriate authorities. The woman in such a relationship is referred to as a concubine (/ˈkɒŋkjəˌbaɪn/), and occasionally so is a man in such a relationship. The prevalence of concubinage and the status of rights and expectations of a concubine have varied among cultures, as have the rights of children of a concubine
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Courtesan
A courtesan was originally a courtier, which means a person who attends the court of a monarch or other powerful person.[1] In feudal society, the court was the centre of government as well as the residence of the monarch, and social and political life were often completely mixed together. Prior to the Renaissance, courtesans served to convey information to visiting dignitaries, when servants could not be trusted. In Renaissance
Renaissance
Europe, courtiers played an extremely important role in upper-class society. As it was customary during this time for royal couples to lead separate lives—commonly marrying simply to preserve bloodlines and to secure political alliances—men and women would often seek gratification and companionship from people living at court
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Mistress (lover)
A mistress is a relatively long-term female lover and companion who is not married to her partner, especially when her partner is himself married. Generally, the relationship is stable and at least semi-permanent, but the couple does not live together openly and the relationship is usually, but not always, secret. There is often also the implication (if not the fact) that the mistress is "kept" – i.e. that her lover is paying for some (and sometimes all) of her living expenses.[1][2] The term "mistress" was originally used as a neutral feminine counterpart to "mister" or "master".[1]Contents1 Definition 2 History2.1 20th century3 Male equivalent 4 In literature 5 See also 6 References6.1 Citations 6.2 Sources7 Further readingDefinition[edit] Historically the term has denoted a "kept woman", who was maintained in a comfortable (or even lavish) lifestyle by a wealthy man so that she would be available for his sexual pleasure
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Courtship
Courtship
Courtship
is the period of development towards an intimate relationship wherein people (usually a couple) get to know each other and decide if there will be an engagement or other romantic arrangement. A courtship may be an informal and private matter between two people or may be a public affair, or a formal arrangement with family approval. Traditionally, in the case of a formal engagement, it has been perceived that it is the role of a male to actively "court" or "woo" a female, thus encouraging her to understand him and her receptiveness to a proposal of marriage
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Romantic Friendship
A romantic friendship or passionate friendship is a very close but typically non-sexual relationship between friends, often involving a degree of physical closeness beyond that which is common in the contemporary Western societies. It may include for example holding hands, cuddling, hugging, kissing, giving massages, and sharing a bed, or co-sleeping, without sexual intercourse or other physical sexual expression. In historical scholarship, the term may be used to describe a very close relationship between people of the same sex during a period of history when homosexuality did not exist as a social category
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Dating
Dating
Dating
is a stage of romantic relationships in humans whereby two people meet socially with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a prospective partner in an intimate relationship or marriage. It is a form of courtship, consisting of social activities done by the couple, either alone or with others. The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time. While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other. With the use of modern technology, people can date via telephone or computer or meet in person. Dating
Dating
may also involve two or more people who have already decided that they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other
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