Butterflies in your stomach – gone forever? The dream of a soul mate – of that magical moment that changes everything – in pieces on the ground? If we accept the analysis of Israeli sociologist Eva Illouz, it is indeed time to kiss our fondest expectations goodbye. The great era of romantic love is over, never to return! In this age of speed dating and Tinder, casual sex and body optimising, a new ideal of love is taking form that is dominated entirely by concepts of economic utility and the logic of barter.
In this discussion, Illouz describes what this fundamental change in our love life means – from flirting to marriage vows – with precision and (com)passion. “She addresses both hearts and minds like no one else in the area of social diagnostics.” (Literatur Spiegel)
Moderation: Svenja Flaßpöhler
Translation: Sarah King