With love, from us to you!

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Here we bring you a round-up of writing from Sophie Lewis, Katherine Angel, Leslie Kern, Natasha Lennard, and more! As well as some of our archive essays from Emma Dowling, Dalia Gebrial, and Kathi Weeks.

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Love in the Feminist City

"Low-income women, trans women, & women of colour are priced out.. When moving isn’t an option, women can remain trapped in abusive or untenable relationships for the sake of a roof over their heads. So much for love".

Leslie Kern on how urban architecture has expanded and constrained women's freedom to live independently and without men.

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Sex and Self-Knowledge: Beyond Consent

Good sex shouldn't depend on faultless self-knowledge. Katherine Angel puts forward the case for desire's emergent and contextual nature.

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If Heterosexualism Existed, We Wouldn’t Have To Make It Up 

Despite its flagrant impossibility, heterosexuality can inspire a utopian love of difference in those who choose to follow its path, argues Sophie Lewis. Just don't look to the 'straight camp' of Love Island for inspiration. 

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Love Against the State

Natasha Lennard reflects on the enduring necessity of marriage in order to prove one's love to the state.

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The Singles Manifesto

Marie Edwards' powerful feminist manifesto from 1974.

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From our Valentine's Archive:

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Decolonising Desire: The Politics of Love

Dalia Gebrial examines the colonial scripts that encode people in and out of the possibility of love. Embedded within the constituent discourses of love – of desirability, emotional labour, support and commitment – are codes of social value assigned to certain bodies; of who is worthy of love’s work. The labour of decolonising these representative paradigms is structural, and involves addressing their material histories.

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Love’s Labour’s Cost: The Political Economy of Intimacy

On Valentine's Day, Emma Dowling makes a powerful case for thinking about the structure of social relationships rather than simply 'the one'.

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Down with Love: Feminist Critique and the New Ideologies of Work

Kathi Weeks draws on 1970s feminist critiques of romance to investigate the contemporary management discourses of love and happiness at work.