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Throughout history philosophers have written about love In the days of the ancient Greeks Erotic Love which included education wisdom and sensuality was praised As the centuries moved forward however Christian Love which heralded charity devotion and chastity became the love of choice for most philosophers Finally fusing together the sensuality of the Greeks and the ideals of the Christians in the eighteenth century Romantic Love came to be This new theory of love included the legitimization of sexual desire equality of the sexes and expansion of ones inner self to include another It also brought with it a new outlook on the institution of marriage in society Romantic Love presents marriage as the result of a union of two people in love not as a means of reproduction or economic practicality as in prior years but simply as a means of totally uniting two people It is this view of love and marriage that society thinks of today However this conception of love is not as perfect as it sounds Throughout its duration Romantic Love has not been equal to both sexes Women often get the short end of the stick when it comes to this complex subject Through their writings Friedrich Nietzsche Sigmund Freud Carl Jung Karen Horney Simone deBeauvoir and Shulamith Firestone all show how the concepts of love and marriage today disadvantage women Often times when one reads a collection of philosophical writings on a subject one will find authors who are usually associated with another field Among these are Friedrich Nietzsche Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung who are all considered psychologists rather than philosophers However they present multitudes of information regarding the disadvantages of women when it comes to love and marriage The basis of Freuds argument comes from the Oedipal complex Freud argues that in order to develop ones sexuality in a normal fashion one must join ones Affectionate and Sensual currents If a male
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