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Chapter 2: Men and Women in Love
There are two perspectives on love. Lovers focus on the uniqueness of their feelings for each other and on their joy at having found one special person. Researchers trying to understand men and women in love seek common themes and general principles that apply to many relationships. In this chapter I chronicle my efforts, now spanning more than 20 years, to understand some of the many ways that gender affects romantic relationships.
I have approached this topic as a feminist social psychologist. Shulamit Reinharz (1992) aptly characterizes feminist social scientists as working at the intersection of two different worlds, each with its own values and conventions—the world of their discipline and the world of feminist scholarship. ...