What If? 19 Alternate Histories Imagining a Very Different World

Alternate history, long popular with fiction writers, has also been explored by historians and journalists. Here are some of their intriguing conclusions.

1. What if the South won the Civil War?
Effect: America becomes one nation again… in 1960.

Explanation: In a 1960 article published in Look magazine, author and Civil War buff MacKinlay Kantor envisioned a history in which the Confederate forces won the Civil War in 1863, forcing the despised President Lincoln into exile. The Southern forces annex Washington, DC — renaming it the District of Dixie. The USA (or what’s left of it) moves its capital to Columbus, Ohio — now called Columbia — but can no longer afford to buy Alaska from the Russians. Texas, unhappy with the new arrangement, declares its independence in 1878. Under international pressure, the Southern states gradually abolish slavery. After fighting together in two world wars, the three nations are reunified …

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Sex: what if you want different things?

The Enduring Love? research project showed that the types and amount of intimacy that individuals and couples enjoy can be different. It also showed that our levels of desire and what we enjoy are almost guaranteed to change over the course of a relationship.
In fact, every couple who took part in the Enduring Love? research project said their physical intimacy had shifted and changed over time. But what if you want different things at different times?

Shared and separate desires
When one of you wants more sex
Changes over time
Shared and separate desires

It’s not helpful to assume that you and your partner have exactly the same desires. It’s much more useful to start from the position that you’ll share some desires but not others.

It can be useful to map out the things you like to do together and separately which can help spark a conversation about …

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WHAT IF WE HAD UNPROTECTED SEX?

If you’ve had unprotected sex, accidentally or otherwise, and you’re getting worried, you’ve come to the right place, read on.

DON’T PANIC!
Having unprotected sex isn’t the smartest move a person can make, but it isn’t necessarily the end of the world, so follow the advice below and you should be fine. This is definitely not something to make a habit of though, one day the consequences might be a little more than you bargained for.

WE HAD UNPROTECTED SEX AND…I THINK I’M PREGNANT

ATTENTION!

Act fast. Emergency contraception can be used up to 72 hours after unprotected sex but it is proven to be most effective within the first 12 hours. Speak to your healthcare provider, they are there to help. You should not see emergency contraception as a regular contraceptive or use it like one. Protect yourself from accidental pregnancy by informing yourself of the contraceptive methods and …

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What if You Desire Sex More Than Your Husband Does?

Several years ago, a friend of mine shared a very tender part of her heart with me. She was deeply concerned because she desired sexual intimacy more frequently than her husband did. He often didn’t respond to her advances and he definitely did not initiate. This caused my friend deep pain because she felt rejected and undesirable. The situation even left her wondering, What is wrong with me and my marriage?

As a wife, you may feel like my friend who lives with the realization that she has the greater desire for sex in her marriage relationship. As you’ve embraced this reality, you may have even asked yourself, What’s wrong with me? Am I abnormal? or maybe, What’s wrong with my husband?

Although the stereotypical norm focuses on men having a greater drive for physical intimacy, Dr. Michael Sytsma found in his studies that 20 percent of women have a …

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