The Sexes: Love Is Dying

Gone are the agony and ecstasy

Romantic love was introduced to Western culture by late 11th century troubadours. Since then the telltale symptoms —pain of longing, wide-eyed idealization of the beloved and vibrato of the soul —have become established as the preferred form of sexual attraction. Now, however, it may be nearing the end of its 900-year run. According to a Michigan State University psychologist, romantic love is dying out. Claims Professor G. Marian Kinget: "One is bound to conclude that the very conditions for romantic love have ceased to exist."

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