When most people think of “equality” they think of a 50/50 split, or everything being exactly the same for everyone. While equality can be defined like this, in a relationship it’s often a little more complicated. Relationships ebb and flow as people’s needs, interests, and desires change over time - or even daily!
Equality can mean different things to different partners. What matters is how you and your partner define it for your relationship. It’s important to communicate regularly about the balance in your relationship, especially if one of you is unhappy or uncomfortable.
A healthy relationship starts with mutual respect, and that includes respecting each other’s emotional and physical boundaries. We’ve talked a little bit about setting your own boundaries, but it’s equally important to think about how to respect your partner’s boundaries. Whether you’re thinking about asking someone out, in the middle of a dating relationship, or dealing with a break-up, respecting the other person’s boundaries is essential.
At the beginning of each new year, all of us at loveisrespect renew our commitment to ending dating violence and abuse while promoting healthy relationships. We think that everyone deserves to be healthy and safe no matter what! We hope that in 2015 you continue to find the information and resources available through loveisrespect helpful and supportive.
Don’t forget, our peer advocates are here to help you 24/7/365. If you find yourself in a confusing, difficult or abusive relationship, we hope you’ll reach out to us by calling 1-866-331-9474, chatting online with us, or by texting “loveis” to 22522.
Another goal we have for this year is to keep improving our blog and packing it with useful and fun stuff! To help ring in the new year (and in case you missed some posts), we wanted to take a look at the most-viewed blog posts of 2014: