that's so archetypypical

most of us grew up with a Disney-tinted introduction to romantic relationships. Princess is sweet as apple pie in her virginal state, then she spots Prince in his tightly-fitted costume. tragedy strikes! a series of trials and tribulations follows representing her journey to adulthood, ultimately ending in a fantastical reunion with Prince (and the end of her virginity). don't forget the birds/mice/fish/whatever singing celebrations in the background. wheather you are male, female, or somewhere in between you probably identified with one or both of the two characters. romantic? yes, but also utterly binary. a lot of people spend their whole lives waiting for Prince Charming and no one ever seems to live up to the ideal.

but what about some other modes of romance Disney never taught us?

sometimes looking outside of the binaries isn't as radical as some might think. there are those who argue that humans are naturally drawn towards communities and group romantic situations. think about it, if Princess is constantly directing all of her undying love, insecurities, happiness, depression, and homemade baked goods at one Prince he will eventually tire of her smothering and run away. however if Princess were to spread those emotions around, sharing with a number of Princes and Princesses things might be a little less intense. the group is able to be a lot more supportive and better equiped to deal with tragedy than the singular Prince.

other people believe that humans might naturally be singular and nomadic, coming together only breifly for emotional release, the exchange of ideas, and/or possibly the continuation of the species. these people are generally referred to as scientists.