Are sex and intimacy different things? Can you have one without the other? Or does one lead to another?
It seems that there are many conflicting opinions on the roles of sex and intimacy within a relationship (and out of one, too).
It is difficult to really get to the bottom of this problem because no two people have exactly the same ideas on sex. In a traditional framework, sex would come with long-term commitment, or marriage, which would be associated with the couple having an intimate connection with each other (and usually wishing to procreate).
However, in an increasingly promiscuous society, the connection between sex and intimacy can be a tenuous one.