During the 1970s and 1980s popular print media highlighted the importance of sexual pleasure and happiness for many in the western world. The emphasis was on liberating both men and women from the sexually oppressive 1950s.
Myers (2005) suggests there are several aspects to intimacy and attraction. These are, proximity, physical attractiveness, similarity versus complementarity and liking those who like us.
Love holds a special place in contemporary western societies; we are no longer entering marriage for procreation, financial security, social or political security, or even for sex.
Is it possible for a couple to build their relationship on sex alone?