Intimacy generally refers to the feeling of being in a close personal association and belonging together.
But while we've come a long way since the days of gross anti-miscegenation laws that forbade couples of different races to marry, we've still got work to do.
Take, for example, some of the inappropriate things that people say to interracial couples.
The issue of pornography may become relevant for couples at some point in their relationship.
The link between pornography use and relationship satisfaction has been examined by psychologists who have considered it to be a threat or an enhancement to sexual enjoyment and happiness in a relationship.
While the term intimate relationship commonly implies the inclusion of a sexual relationship, the term is also used as a euphemism for a relationship that is strictly sexual.
Intimate relationships play a central role in the overall human experience.
It's generally an unspoken rule that other people's relationships are none of our business.
But when it comes to interracial relationships, for some reason, people often ignore that line.
Three hundred and forty female participants, 18 to 41 years old, who were in committed heterosexual relationships with partners who used pornography, were recruited from a University in western Canada.
The women completed the Pornography Distress Scale and Couples Satisfaction Index online, which consisted of questions ranging from the mutual use of pornography, whether or not women perceived that their partners were honest about pornography use, and the levels of distress and relationship satisfaction attributed to pornography use.
An intimate relationship is an interpersonal relationship that involves physical and/or emotional intimacy.