According to Philip Hammack, professor of psychology at the University of California in Santa Cruz, the 21st century experiences a mild revolution in a way that perceives intimate and loving relationships.
Researchers should take these changes into consideration so that the results of their research are convincing.
It is in an article published in the UC Santa Cruz newspaper that you can read Philip Hammack's analysis. In "Queer Intimacies: A New Paradigm for Relative Diversity Studies" he uses the word "queer" to define all relationships that come from heteronormativity and monogamy.
The researcher in psychology emphasizes the smooth development of relations. Around a monogamous and heterosexual norm, a number of definitions of intimate relationships since the 21st century, including polyamory, heteroflexibility or pansexuality, models of relationships or attraction that are more visible and practiced, are being developed and developed.
From heteronormativity to heteroflexibility
For Hammack, it is the legalization of the same United States of America in 2015, which is the initiator of this exemption of practice. Through this legalization, the Supreme Court has symbolically encouraged people to fight for the diversity of their relationships to be recognized.
After this legalization, many practices have become visible and improved. For example, we see more and more heterosexual people, heterosexual people who, without identifying themselves as bisexuals, are not close to potential relationships with a person of the same gender / gender.
Philip Hammack explains that heteroflexibility has always been less integrated into the female environment, but that this definition of sexual orientation is increasingly adopted by men. Which leads to a deconstruction of the "masculinity" codes.
The researcher also emphasizes the importance of the internet for the development of these intimate relationships. The tool allows both access to more information, but also to communities to come together.
For more representative results
While intimate and romantic relationships are often defined by sexual consent, visualization of asexuality enables reversal of these codes. Sexuality is the fact that you do not feel a sexual attraction for anyone.
It was not until 2013 that asexuality was removed from the Diagnostics and Statistics on Psychological Disorders Manual, evidence of deep anchoring of very limited norms for relationship design in the Western system.
Philip Hammack recalls that "kinky" or fetishist relationships are also largely devalued in society and in scientific research. This is often for researchers of underclassified relationships. They are therefore often gone.
This very normative model of intimate relationships excludes meaningful results from a changing society. Philip Hammack therefore urges his co-researchers to expand their databases about intimate and romantic relationships.