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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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Chapter 1. Attraction and Choice Theories and Choice in Sexual-Affective Relationships

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An analysis of relationships in our society cannot be based on the fantastic opportunities that emerge or are missed. Rather, it must be based on which model people follow on a daily basis when relating to others. In other words, such an analysis must be based on whether we are guided by the traditional model, which is based on the values embodied by previous societies and traditional teaching, or by an alternative model in which the progressive keys to current society and a coeducational philosophy prevail.

Prior to model creation, we must analyze the two key processes that sexual-affective relationships are based on: attraction and choice. Although these processes are firmly interwoven, they must be pried apart and analyzed individually. We need to understand the ways in which we are socialized about relationships and the values that we internalize through the family, school’s sex and affective education, and other agents (basically, the media). We must recognize the available opportunities to choose and how they are utilized. Without a thorough analysis of all these factors, relationships and relationship models would be meaningless. I hope that the development of the different attraction and choice theories will allow us to not only understand human desires and behavior but also to create the necessary relationship models.

← 7 | 8 → Socialization occurs throughout life, and people internalize the values and social norms of the culture in which they live. However, socialization does not determine behavior, as the individual always makes the final...

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