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You note that we’ve become more "educated consumers" in terms of how taste informs whom we choose to date and what kind of sex we seek. But of course it’s so much more emotionally complex than that. For two, if you’re playing [author] Neil Strauss’s version of , which is mostly about fulfilling the male fantasy of easily getting women into bed, you’re encouraged to "think of tonight as a video game." But with that, there’s a loss of connection with your own emotions, which is sad.Does treating a romantic prospect like a transaction or a game take a psychological toll? Because emotional connection is supposed to be the point of dating.
Our habits are also a lot less novel than we like to think.Perhaps what we least appreciate is that dating has always been hard work, akin to "an unpaid internship for love," writes Weigel.When we date, we toil as actors in a drama written by society and the lovers who came before us, she observes.You write that dating protocols change so quickly, and thus inspire a lot of anxiety and bewilderment.I think that’s a lot of people’s experience of the new digital dating culture, and we could really use a social and historical guide to help us understand where we are. I think there’s still a huge gap for comprehensive, deep thinking about these subjects.
But I tend to think that the revival of interest in explicitly feminist discourse in the past few years has something to do with it.