Is sex without love intimate? Traditionalists would argue that intimacy speaks to the heart of a couple’s connection; it envelops the partners’ freedom and ability to be seen, heard, and understood. In that context, sex is built upon the union. Yet, for those who join with others in mutually satisfying sexual exchanges without relationship, intimacy is understood only as the vulnerability of the momentary bond. Sometimes it becomes a question of “just sex” or “making love.” Sometimes it’s a question of finding ways to be intimate without sex at all. Open, honest communication can lead to a comfortable level of intimacy for both partners and a healthier, sexier union.
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