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Radical Love

A Revolution for the 21 st Century


Lídia Puigvert

Radical Love is a study about the phenomenon of love. Radical love allows for both passionate and egalitarian relationships and, in Gómez’s words, «a revolution for the twenty-first century.»


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Introduction 1. We collected information from a popular magazine for young people (Ragazza) and con- trasted it with information from a magazine for adults (Cosmopolitan). We also gathered information from sixteen communicative daily life stories and four communicative focus groups. Chapter 1 1. These include a psychoanalysis (Freud, 1975) in which repression and the unconscious play a fundamental role, symbolic interactionism (Mead, 1990) with the “generalised other,” and cognitive development (Piaget, 1968), for which its stages serve as the univer- sal features of socialization. 2. Spanish saying “Quien bien te quiere te hará llorar.” 3. Building upon Gomez’s research, later studies (Flecha, Puigvert, and Ríos, 2013) have differentiated between two types of traditional masculinities: dominant traditional mascu- linity (DTM) and oppressed traditional masculinity (OTM). In this book, however, the traditional model of masculinity refers, most of the time, to dominant traditional mascu- linity (DTM). 4. “I thank thee from the bottom of my heart for the desperation you cause me, and I detest the tranquility in which I lived before knowing thee. I clearly see what the remedy would 132 radical love: a revolution for the 21st century be for all for my ills, and I would feel free from them if I stopped loving thee. But, it cannot be helped! No, I prefer to suffer than to forget thee. Oh! Does this perchance depend on me? I cannot reproach myself for having wanted to not love thee just for one instant, and when all is said and done...

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