Imagining a post-romantic world

What would a world that goes beyond romance look like?

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The project of romantic abolitionism is successful and the norms of romance and romantic love are now dismantled. What do society and relationships look like?

The question asked in Are we living in a post-romantic era? by Serena Smith is a completely different question than the one I have in mind. She cites Dr Bandinelli:

  • “She adds that she believes we’re living through a “post-romantic era”, where we’re attempting to re-codify love in light of a new set of ethics. “These new ethics stem from the recognition of the malaise of romance in a patriarchal society, and tries to subvert patriarchal power dynamics,” she explains.”

This is not a true post-romantic era as I take it because the idea of romantic love is still alive and well, it is the main reason why people are trying to find partners. The way that people nowadays are going about it may seem colder and more rote than prior approaches, but in a way it is being more intentional and trying to fill in the gaps where traditional dating spaces and apps have failed. I do admit that the speed and scale in which it is happening is almost entirely the result of a society so used to the Internet.

In a post-romantic world I am most interested in the downstream consequences of the absence of romance.

Will something fill the vacuum of romantic love?

  • Is romantic love inevitable?
  • My candidate for the replacement of romantic partnerships is something like queerplatonic relationships.
  • My candidate for the replacement of romantic love is the broadening of it to be love more generally, without any kind of distinction/differentiation.

What happens to relationships? Marriages?

  • long term romantic relationships usually start to sound like life partnerships with some degree of entanglement but not always
  • would you say a bi-coastal marriage long term relationship is not romantic

What happens to aromantic people?

  • people who don’t feel romantic attraction are no longer alienated
  • partnership averse people would just be known as lone wolves
  • partnership inclined people would be empowered to explore whatever works best for them in society and wouldn’t be held down by traditional norms and expectations of romance

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