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Clementine Ford: Why most grand romantic gestures are anything but romantic

 The humble rom-com genre has been responsible for a lot of dire contributions to the world, not least of which is the deplorable dreck of the third Bridget Jones instalment. But perhaps its greatest crime has been the perpetuation of false ideals around how love is actually won and secured. In the world of the romantic comedy, stalking suddenly becomes “not giving up”, while subterfuge and outright lies are depicted as a quirky way to someone’s heart. Nobody actually wants this to happen to them.   Don’t get me wrong. I…

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