Are we a “couple culture”…at the expense of single and polyamorous people?
Couple culture dominates our modern minority world societies. I define ‘the couple’ loosely as two people who are involved in some kind of ongoing, committed relationship with one another. A central part of many people’s lives revolves around finding one partner and establishing and maintaining a relationship with them. The ideal is a lifelong coupledom with this person, someone to grow old with, though increasingly this isn’t the case. Dating culture, marriage culture, wedding culture, monogamy, the family – these all fit neatly into couple culture. Couple culture is so dominant in our lives that it even cuts across some of the prejudices of our societies. We’re getting to a point, for example, where we will accept a gay or lesbian person as long as they too live, or are willing to live, in a monogamous coupleship.
I don’t want to suggest that we should abolish the couple, or that…
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