A Curious Eye

A Curious Eye

My name's Ben. I'm a 22 year-old recent grad living in Seattle. I've been told my gayness is only matched by my enthusiasm.
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dailydot:

The Proposal
by Unearthed Comics
More comics here.

dailydot:

The Proposal

by Unearthed Comics

More comics here.

mothernaturenetwork:

Your brain recognizes the difference between marriage and living togetherTo your brain, marriage becomes ‘a proxy for trust and reliability’ and this understanding helps to relieve stress.

mothernaturenetwork:

Your brain recognizes the difference between marriage and living together
To your brain, marriage becomes ‘a proxy for trust and reliability’ and this understanding helps to relieve stress.

theatlantic:

The First Lesson of Marriage 101: There Are No Soul Mates

Research shows that practically every dimension of life happiness is influenced by the quality of one’s marriage, while divorce is the second most stressful life event one can ever experience.
Yet nearly half of all married couples are likely to divorce, and many couples report feeling unhappy in their relationships. Instructors of Northwestern University’s Marriage 101 class want to change that. The goal of their course is to help students have more fulfilling love relationships during their lives. In Marriage 101 popular books such as Mating in Captivity and For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage are interspersed with meaty academic studies. Students attend one lecture a week and then meet in smaller breakout groups to discuss the weekly topics, which range from infidelity to addiction, childrearing to sexuality in long-term relationships.
At first glance this class may seem a tad too frivolous for a major research university. But the instructors say it’s not an easy A and its reputation as a meaningful, relevant, and enlightening course has grown steadily over the 14 years it’s been offered. In fact, teachers are forced to turn away eager prospective students every year. This spring, the enrollment will be capped at 100. The class is kept to a manageable size so that students can grapple at a deeply personal level with the material during their discussion sessions.
The Marriage 101 professors believe college is the perfect time for students to learn about relationships.
Read more. [Image: Ellen/Flickr]

theatlantic:

The First Lesson of Marriage 101: There Are No Soul Mates

Research shows that practically every dimension of life happiness is influenced by the quality of one’s marriage, while divorce is the second most stressful life event one can ever experience.

Yet nearly half of all married couples are likely to divorce, and many couples report feeling unhappy in their relationships. Instructors of Northwestern University’s Marriage 101 class want to change that. The goal of their course is to help students have more fulfilling love relationships during their lives. In Marriage 101 popular books such as Mating in Captivity and For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage are interspersed with meaty academic studies. Students attend one lecture a week and then meet in smaller breakout groups to discuss the weekly topics, which range from infidelity to addiction, childrearing to sexuality in long-term relationships.

At first glance this class may seem a tad too frivolous for a major research university. But the instructors say it’s not an easy A and its reputation as a meaningful, relevant, and enlightening course has grown steadily over the 14 years it’s been offered. In fact, teachers are forced to turn away eager prospective students every year. This spring, the enrollment will be capped at 100. The class is kept to a manageable size so that students can grapple at a deeply personal level with the material during their discussion sessions.

The Marriage 101 professors believe college is the perfect time for students to learn about relationships.

Read more. [Image: Ellen/Flickr]

Does a More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex?

Egalitarian marriage takes the values of a good social system — consensus-building and consent — and assumes you can bring these rules into the bedroom. But the values that make for good social relationships are not necessarily the same ones that drive lust. Most of us get turned on at night by the very things that we’ll demonstrate against during the day.
The risk of divorce is lowest when the husband does 40 percent of the housework and the wife earns 40 percent of the income.
It’s the first time in history we are trying this experiment of a sexuality that’s rooted in equality and that lasts for decades. It’s a tall order for one person to be your partner in Management Inc., your best friend and passionate lover. There’s a certain part of you that with this partner will not be fulfilled. You deal with that loss. It’s a paradox to be lived with, not solved.

Majority of voters in non-marriage equality state support same-sex couples' freedom to marry

explore-blog:


The poll above, conducted last December, is arguably the critical one. It’s of Americans living in the states that ban marriage rights for gay couples. Commissioned by Freedom To Marry, it reveals the seismic shift of the last few years. It helps explain why Utah – yes, Utah, is now evenly divided over the question; and why in Virginia, the state attorney general is refusing to defend the Commonwealth’s current ban in the courts.

Andrew Sullivan reports on a landmark shift in public sentiment about marriage equality.
Let’s not forget whom we have to thank.

explore-blog:

The poll above, conducted last December, is arguably the critical one. It’s of Americans living in the states that ban marriage rights for gay couples. Commissioned by Freedom To Marry, it reveals the seismic shift of the last few years. It helps explain why Utah – yes, Utah, is now evenly divided over the question; and why in Virginia, the state attorney general is refusing to defend the Commonwealth’s current ban in the courts.

Andrew Sullivan reports on a landmark shift in public sentiment about marriage equality.

Let’s not forget whom we have to thank.

(Source: , via mysocalled-gay-life)

Why plural marriages make sense

Utah tax officials allow joint filing for married same-sex couples

Ohio appeals gay marriage ruling

breakingnews:

BuzzFeedOhio’s attorney general on Thursday appealed a federal judge’s ruling that ordered the state to recognize gay marriages on death certificates.

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