Editor | Ng Xin
Photographer | Audrey Lim
Contributing Writer | Jan Bronauer, Zac Yeow
As my second Valentine’s Day in Yale-NUS approached, I found myself wondering about the different displays of affection I would witness that day – on social media, through gifts of flowers and chocolate. Of course, love is embodied in a multitude of relationships: self-love, friendship, familial bonds… However, every February 14, the one relationship that is singled out above others is always romantic. What makes romance unique? Yes, when you break it down rationally it might be a simple product of capitalist, colonialist narratives. I hope not to privilege romance over other equally beautiful forms of love that have not been equally celebrated. Still, for many people, the romantic love they celebrate on Valentine’s Day is undeniably real and important. I wanted to know what individuals think distinguishes dating and romance from other types of love. Is it that the boundaries and expectations involved in the former are so much more clearly defined? The presents and declarations we see on Valentine’s Day constitute only a very small part of romantic relationships. In the following two responses, Jan and Zac articulate the deep commitment necessary in romantic love.