Every modern dating problem starts off with the proposition that women are the gate keepers of sex and men are the gate keepers of commitment. We are brought up by modern culture to equate love with sex, and sex with commitment and passion with unconditional love.
Some people swear by commitment, the ideals of traditional loyalty, asceticism and marriage. They proudly thump it on their chest their badge as a moral badge. Others go against it, swearing off traditional norms of mating. They wish nothing but for polyamory.
One must consider the proposition that traditions such as traditional labels of a relationship or even marriage are nothing but societal constructs. Or maybe they are merely evolutionary means to keep the human species going.
The hundreds of couples of getting together to appease social norms. Only to find themselves displeased, dejected after weeks, months or years of habitual living. Are we only going to celebrate love and affection only after certain conditions are met? What if we were doing too much to fulfil these conditions? Or maybe expectations? What if our intentions were not the purest and only means to an end?
Yet, on the other hand, isn’t it a life of moral goodness to live a life of commitment to one partner. Yes it is. However, how many do it from a standpoint of moral goodness?If we desire for commitment before engaging in physical affection, then we must remember that if it’s traded commitment for affection, then it’s not unconditional after all. It’s only a temporary trade.