Relationships, love, family – these are all concepts that should be far-reaching and open-armed. Instead, they have been squeezed into narrow, stifling boxes. ‘Relationship’ is too often a shorthand for romantic relationship – what a shame! Same for love. ‘Family,’ too, has such great potential.
Here are some writings that honor all the important people in our lives and the many ways we can love someone.
Bigger, broader meanings of love and romance
Love used to mean so much more than it does now
Why don’t we give love its due?
Who wrote the book of love? Happy single people
The meaning of ‘relationship’: Notes from a party
7 ways romantic partners are losing their special place, and how we can recognize all the important people in our lives
Does sex really matter?
The ‘single-at-heart”: Beacons of innovation in a blandly married world?
Finding “The One” is overrated: Emotionships matter more
That’s so aromantic!
Why is there shame around being a ‘relationship virgin’? I’d be proud to be one.
If you aren’t in a relationship, who is ‘your person’?
Why friendship is the key relationship of the 21st century
What are friends for? Views from single and married life
Step away from that spouse!
Bromance over romance, say men in new study
How to value our friends and everyone else’s
Families of choice are remaking America
If you are single with no kids, who is your family?
Who counts as family and why should (only) family count?
Not going nuclear: So many ways to live and love
‘Single motherhood’ and the bigger, broader meanings of family and love
How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century
Single, no children: Who is your family?
Single parents and their children: The good news no one ever tells you