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Reading Journal XIV: Why Love Hurts

April 14, 2022

Hello!

I read “Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation”, by Eva Illouz, published in 2013.

For Eva Illouz, the idea of suffering is inextricably linked to the experience of loving. In this book, she emphasizes the added dimension that gender brings into romantic relationships and shows that cultural scripts related to romantic love have a major effect on women’s lives.

What I found compelling about the book is that, beyond the cliches of how a romantic relationship looks like or feels like, Illouz shows that love has to take a certain shape because of social relations and the institutions love interacts with, even though psychoanalysis and pop psychology put the burden of romantic failure on the individual.

How love is limited by society and how it might look like is one of the 15 topics I explore in as many videos, as part of the EGALIS project.

xoxo

Adriana

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