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Analysis Of Love And Desire In The Cinema

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In an article written by Grodal (2004) titled “Love and Desire in the Cinema,” he analyzed key elements of romantic movies and mainstream pornography and showed that love stories were concerned with personalized bonding, whereas mainstream pornography represented anonymous desire. He also offered an evolutionary perspective for the appeal of such films, stating that women were more inclined towards love stories and men towards pornography. Older love stories like Tristan and Isolde attribute powerful and exclusive infatuation to a magic potion that induces an absolute bond. Certain modern psychologists are not in complete disagreement with this interpretation. The psychologist Michael Liebowitz, for example, maintains that the euphoric…show more content…
They recruited 31 married couples to participate in in-depth interviews. They restricted their sample to couples married for 7 years or more because the median duration of marriage for divorced couples is 7 years. The interviews lasted about 1-1.5 hours and were generally conducted in respondents’ homes. They asked a series of open-ended questions to explore how sexual feelings and dynamics changed over time. In general, respondents were willing to share information about their sex life. To obtain a diverse sample of couples, they included questions regarding the length of marriage, number of children (if any) overall marital satisfaction, race/ethnicity, etc. Only 5 out of the 62 couples had been previously married. They used a grounded theory approach to analyze the interview transcripts. A general theme that emerged in the analysis of the interviews was that many men and women viewed sexual activity as a gauge of marital happiness. Another finding that recurred throughout the interviews was that men are more sexually driven than women and that women have an innate, lower libido. 15 married couples claimed consciously trying to be…show more content…
5 couples (10 participants) between ages 50 and 85 years old, married for over 20 years, participated in this study. Data was collected using a phenomenological in-depth interview design and a thematic analysis was used to identify key themes. The researcher carefully read and studied the transcribed interviews based on Moustaka’s principles (1994). The data was collected by observing couples’ behaviour during the interview and the interviewing process. According to the couples interviewed, sexual health and sexual intimacy was a very important part of their lives and their need for intimacy was ageless. Most couples indicated that there was more time for intimacy as the children were grown up and no longer required parental guidance. As they aged, sex had become an act that brought them closer
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