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August 13, 2019

Recent family-related news included a written and photographic essay about polyamory, research regarding the “sex drought” in the United States and the resulting drop in births, a real life wedding breaks out on the Broadway stage, why Greece has become a favored destination for engaged Chinese couples and the unlikely romance between two individuals who run on different internal time clocks.

Polyamory Works for Them Photographs by Yael Malka Text by Alice Hines Produced by Eve Lyons, The New York Times, August 3, 2019 The tradition of having a single sexual partner is among the only sexual practices liberals and conservatives rarely disagree about…However, according to a 2014 Chapman University survey, 5 percent of American relationships identify themselves as non-monogamous. In a more recent survey of single adults in the United States, in 2017, one-fifth of respondents said they would try some form of non-monogamy at some point in their lifetime.

Less Sex, Fewer Babies: Blame The Internet And Career Priorities Sam Sanders, NPR, August 6, 2019 Almost a quarter of adults under 30 didn’t have sex in the last year — leading experts to believe that America is in the middle of a “sex drought” or “sex recession.”…Part of the explanation is the challenges of online dating, the fact more people are spending more time alone on the Internet and part of it is about young men and women waiting longer to find life partners or to cohabitate as they prioritize getting their careers and finances in order…The birthrate has also dropped 2% between 2017 and 2018 — and the number of births slid to a 32-year low.

An Onstage Wedding Brings a Broadway Happy Ending to Life Nancy Coleman, The New York Times, August 4, 2019 During the curtain call for “The Prom,” a show that celebrates inclusivity, a lesbian couple exchanged their marriage vows… For the couple, this musical that celebrates inclusivity — in it, a small-town Indiana lesbian couple face opposition to attending the prom together and get help from an unlikely source — was the perfect backdrop.

The Bride, the Groom and the Greek Sunset: A Perfect Wedding Picture Jason Horowitz, Photographs by Laura Boushnak, The New York Times, August 6, 2019 Pre-wedding pictures have become a multi-billion-dollar business in the Instagram age — particularly for Asian couples… the deep blues and whites of Santorini exercise a particular hold on the romantic imagination of many an Asian newly wed.

Logan Browning Reads ‘The Night Girl finds a Day Boy’ Amanda Gefter, The New York Times, August 7, 2019 Ms. Gefter and her boyfriend lived in the same apartment but seemed to exist in entirely different time zones. Born with a sleep disorder, Ms. Gefter would wake when the sun set and go to bed when the sun rose. On this week’s Modern Love podcast, Logan Browning reads Ms. Gefter’s essay about trying to fall in love when you share neither days nor nights.

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