Marriage is contractual; judges express the ideal of love in marriage and proclaim its importance, but virtually no one in the court cases achieves it. But there is much more to rulings; here we are shown how sermonizing judges try to shape society in their own image. Love usually appears as a tragic, overwhelming emotion associated with jealousy, suffering, heartache, and death. For the historical era associated with the arts, see Romanticism. Romance is the expressive and pleasurable feeling from an emotional attraction towards another person.This feeling is associated with, but does not necessitate, sexual attraction.In bourgeois marriage, illicitness may have become more formidable and likely to cause tension.In Ladies of the Leisure Class, Rutgers University professor Bonnie G.A comprehensive body of evidence—2,700 court opinions—describes a society characterized by a presupposed absence of physical and emotional intimacy, affection, and personal connections. Some of them concern criminal prosecutions for rape or murder. West carefully and thoughtfully combs these opinions for discussions of love, sex, marriage, and romance, teasing out what judges think about it all. Anyone interested in the incredibly varied ways that sex and marriage can go wrong will devour every alarming detail."—Laura Kipnis, Northwestern University, author of , Mark D.
Romantic love is a relative term, but generally accepted as a definition that distinguishes moments and situations within intimate relationships to an individual as contributing to a significant relationship connection.
It was then that romantic love, associated with freedom and therefore the ideals of romantic love, created the ties between freedom and self-realization. Shumway, in his book Romance, Intimacy, and The Marriage Crisis, states that the discourse of intimacy emerged in the last third of the 20th century and that this discourse claimed to be able to explain how marriage and other relationships worked.
For the discourse of intimacy emotional closeness was much more important than passion.
Sometimes the judges' analysis, decisions, and commentary are as revealing as the facts. Often they go well beyond the law to decide cases based on nonfactual, subjective elements, sometimes with unfortunate consequences."—Jeff Kingston, "Tranquil, according to Mark D. Here is the proof that the logic of the law and the passion of human sexuality are forever coupled."—Eric A.
Sex in the cases is a choice among private "normal" sex, which is male-dominated, conservative, dispassionate, or nonexistent; commercial sex, which caters to every fetish but is said to lead to rape, murder, and general social depravity; and a hybrid of the two, which commodifies private sexual relationships.