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Civil rights activist Dorothy Cotton teaches a student in one of her Citizenship Education Program classes. Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Department of Special Collections, © Stanford University Libraries

The civil rights activist so close to Martin Luther King Jr. she was thought of as his ‘other wife’

Dorothy Cotton never publicly spoke about her intimate relationship with King. But no woman – not even King's wife – was closer to the civil rights icon during the last years of his life.
More Americans are sticking to their wedding vows. Melinda Nagy/shutterstock.com

Why fewer and fewer Americans are getting divorced

The US divorce rate has fallen steadily over the last 30 or 40 years. It's likely because young adults are taking more time to decide to marry.
Loved up and living together. But your relationship might not be as secure as you think it is. Goran Bogicevic/Shutterstock

Common law marriage: a myth nearing its end?

The concept of common law marriage is actually quite recent. While legally erroneous, a widespread belief in this myth has served a social purpose.
A young couple posing for an Instagram photo. Roman Samborskyi/Shutterstock.com

Is love losing its soul in the digital age?

On social media, people increasingly feel the need to document every event and incident in their lives in public. What does that mean for romantic love?
Your cold, hard list is no match for hot emotions. Glenn Carstens-Peters/Unsplash

A rational checklist is no match for emotions in matters of the heart

A cold, logical list of attributes sought in a partner is cast aside by the hot emotions that come up in real life. A psychology researcher explains how this 'hot-cold empathy gap' works in dating.
Does a good marriage depend on having the right genes? Tiffany Bryant/Shutterstock.com

How your genes could affect the quality of your marriage

Will your marriage be better if you and your partner are genetically compatible? Is there any evidence that certain genes make someone a better or worse partner? And if so, which genes should we test?
Sex with robots will increase, as technological developments produce new love interests. Shutterstock

For the love of technology! Sex robots and virtual reality

Developments in technologies like robotics and virtual reality are opening new possibilities for sexual experiences.
True love could be hiding inside mounds of data. xtock/Shutterstock.com

Can you life-hack your way to love?

Trying to optimize the search for love can be naive. Using statistics and measurements isn't necessarily the best way to find a human partner.
More and more Americans are choosing to be single. mimagephotography/Shutterstock.com

Single doesn’t mean being lonely or alone

Singles can face mistaken stereotypes and value judgments that they are less happy, or lonelier. For many, being single is simply a relationship preference or even an orientation.

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