Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Romance: Sweet Love

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In Romance: Sweet Love, the discussion is based on the choice of loving a person and falling in love. I personally agree with Fromm’s perspective. He believes that a person has the choice of loving someone. He says that falling in love is a feeling, and we all can agree that feelings do not last. “To love somebody is not just a strong feeling– it is a decision, it is a judgement, it is a promise.” I don’t believe that love is something that is against one’s will. I believe that we are able to love anybody we choose. I read a book by C.S Lewis that had the same perspective as Fromm. He says that if a couple got married because they merely “fell in love,” then no marriage would last. People should get married because of qualities that will last and not just on feelings that may come and go. This is a problem in many marriages because couples say that they aren’t “in love” anymore. Well of course they aren’t because that was a feeling they had many years ago. I do think it is possible for married couples to still have the “in love” feeling. I just strongly agree with Fromm that people have the choice of whomever they want to love.

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