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I think it makes sense that people value their relationships above other people's relationships, like you said I know my sweat equity, I don't know theirs.
There is definite issue in that people who are married are socially treated better than people who are dating, but I know many people who have been partnered with the same person longer than I have been married. I would never say that their relationship contains less-sweat equity than a marriage of the same tenure. There is a big difference in saying that married couples have Privilege over unmarried couples, and saying that couples have substantive Privilege over single people.
What are they and how do they stay together without recognizable commitment?
Flexible relationships provide support for adults and children.
Five ways to distinguish these similar-sounding relationship types
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