According to Philip Hammock, professor of psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, the 21st century is experiencing a gentle revolution in the way of creating intimate and loving relationships.
Scientists should take these changes into account so that the results of their research are more convincing.
In an article published in the UC Santa Cruz, Philip Hammack's analysis can be read. In "Queer intimacies: a new paradigm for studying the diversity of mutual relations", the word "queer" is used to define all relations derived from heteronormativity and monogamy.
A researcher in psychology emphasizes the smooth development of relationships. Around the monogamous and heterosexual norms, a multitude of definitions of intimate relationships have been built and developed since 2000, including polyamory, heterophilexity, or pansexuality, a relationship model or attraction, which are also more visible and exercise.
From heteronormativity to heterophysibility
For Hammak, the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States in 2015, which is the initiator of this liberation of practices. With this legalization, the Supreme Court symbolically encouraged people to fight for the diversity of their relationships.
Following this legalization, many practices have been seen and reinforced. For example, we see more and more heterosexual people, heterosexual people who are not recognized as bisexuals, do not close the potential of a relationship with a person of the same sex / gender.
Philip Hammack explains that heterophysibility is increasingly less integrated in the female environment, but this definition of sexual orientation is increasingly adopted by men. Which leads to deconstruction in "masculinity".
The researcher also underlines the great importance of the Internet in the development of these intimate relationships. The tool provides access to more information, as well as to merging communities.
For more representative results
While intimate and romantic relationships are often defined by the existence of a sexual relationship, visualization of asexuality allows these codes to change. Asexuality is the fact that no one feels sexual attraction.
It was not until 2013 that asexuality was removed from the diagnostics and statistics of mental disorders, evidence of deep anchoring of very limited standards of relations in the Western system.
Philip Hammack warns that "broken" or fetish relations are largely devalued in society and in scientific research. This is often the case for researchers of sub-class relations. They are therefore often left.
This very normative model of intimate relationships excludes the important results of a changing society. Philip Hammack therefore invites colleagues of scientists to extend their databases to intimate and romantic relationships.