According to Philip Hammack, a professor of psychology at the University of California Santa Cruz, the 21st century is experiencing a delicate revolution in how to understand intimate and loving relationships.
Researchers should take these changes into account to make the results of their research more convincing.
It is in an article published in the UC Santa Cruz newspaper that you can read the analysis of Philip Hammack. In "Queer Intimacies: New Paradigm for Studies of Relationship Diversity" he uses the word "queer" to define all relationships resulting from heteronormativity and monogamy.
The psychology researcher emphasizes the smooth evolution of the relationship. Around monogamous and heterosexual norms, many definitions of intimate relationships have been constructed and developed since 2000, including polyamory, heteroflexibility or pansexuality, relationships or attractiveness models that are moreover more visible and practiced.
From heteronormativity to heteroflexibility
For Hammack, it is the legalization of same-sex marriages in the United States in 2015, which is the initiator of this liberation of practices. Through this legalization, the Supreme Court symbolically encouraged people to fight for the recognition of the diversity of their relations.
After this legalization many practices have been shown and strengthened. For example, we see more and more heterosexual people, heterosexual people who do not identify themselves as bisexual people, do not approach the potential of a relationship with a person of the same sex / gender.
Philip Hammack explains that heteroflexibility has always been less integrated in the female environment, but this definition of sexual orientation is increasingly used by men. Which leads to the deconstruction of "masculinity" codes.
The researcher also emphasizes the importance of the Internet in the development of these intimate relationships. The tool allows you to access more information as well as the communities that connect.
For more representative results
While intimate and romantic relationships are often defined by the existence of sexual intercourse, the visualization of asexuality makes it possible to reverse these codes. Asexuality is a fact that we do not feel sexual attraction to anyone.
It was not until 2013 that the asexuality of the diagnostic and statistics of mental disorders was removed, which indicates a deep anchoring of very limited standards for the design of compounds in the Western system.
Philip Hammack recalls that "perverse" or fetishist relations are largely devalued in society and research. This is often for researchers in subclass relationships. That is why they are often overlooked.
This highly normative model of intimate relationships excludes meaningful results from a changing society. Philip Hammack therefore encourages fellow scientists to extend their databases for intimate and romantic relationships.