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Dating Don’ts: 5 Things That Can Go Terribly Wrong On Tinder And Grouper

Dating Don'ts: Phases
The Breakup Phase You Never Saw Coming
The breakup phase you didn't see coming. Read More »
Dating Don'ts: Online Realities
Some things you might not know about online dating. Read More »
Dating Don'ts: Fake Friend
Dating Don'ts: Why Platonic Friends Shouldn't Fake-Friend The New Girlfriend
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Dating Don'ts: Everything That Can Go Wrong On Tinder And Grouper

When meeting people in real life became too much work, we went online to date. When online dating becomes tedious (and it pretty much already has), what’s next? We date through apps, obviously. After all, why spend hours combing through various online profiles, when you can just tap a button on your phone? If you haven’t heard of Grouper or Tinder or Coffee Meets Bagel, then… you’re clearly in a happy relationship.

Pshh. I’ll explain: Grouper is like a group blind date; you fill out a short questionnaire and it sets you and two friends up with three guy friends who are revealed at a given location. Other apps like Tinder show you pictures of potential matches that you can choose to like or pass, and mutual “likes” become grounds for further contact. And while there are positives to such dating formats, like maximizing potential suitors with minimal effort and taking screen shots and sending them to your friends for giggles, in the end, they’re all just as bad, or even worse, than putting in your time on OKCupid. Let’s flesh out all the things that can go wrong with these apps, shall we? Keep reading »

The “Perfect Woman” Doesn’t Smoke, Drink, Gossip Or Curse, According To Vanity Fair Poll

Melissa On Perfection
Melissa McCarthy thinks we should all just embrace who we are right now. Read More »
Women's Mag Lessons
20 things mags taught us that scarred us for life! Read More »

A new Vanity Fair/”60 Minutes” poll surveyed American adults about the qualities they look for in an ideal woman. And, by George, we’ve got one: she’s a “bold and experienced” “good mother” who hates the movie “Fatal Attraction,” doesn’t smoke, and is a doctor. But don’t feel bad if that doesn’t describe you … because it doesn’t describe most of us.

Here’s a closer look at the stats so you know exactly what you should be like, if you want to make a bunch of random people who read Vanity Fair and/or watch “60 Minutes” like you:

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So, Uh, What Exactly Is A “Gay-by” Shower, Fergie?

Fergie's A Spokeslady
She's repping the makeup brand Wet 'n Wild. Read More »
Josh On Fergie
Josh Duhamel explains what attracted him to Fergie. Read More »
Weird Celeb Baby Names
chart strangest celebrity baby names
Do they want their kids to get beat up in middle school? Read More »
fergie baby shower

This past weekend, the very pregnant Fergie Duhamel had her “gay-by” shower at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. And, if you’re like us, you probably have no idea what that means. Us Weekly reported that it was thrown by her “gay BFFs.” Not sure why they can’t just be “BFFs” who also happen to be gay. But besides that, here’s what we’re guessing makes a “gay-by” shower, in case you’re thinking of throwing one, too:

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3 Reasons I’m Ready To Give Up On “Dexter”

Watch "Hannibal"!
NBC's Hannibal Is Awesome!
"Dexter" has some competition in the serial killer TV show category... Read More »
Dexter's Going There
The show is totally going to pursue Deb and Dex's incesty love. Read More »
Dexter

Remember the good ol’ days of “Dexter”? When the 6′ 4″ Trinity Killer performed his closeted kill rituals and physically abused his family behind closed doors? Or the Ice Truck Killer, who painted his victim’s fingernails different colors as a special message to Dexter? Remember when Dexter was, you know, busy tracking and killing these deranged serial killers, while struggling not to get caught by his family and coworkers?

Unfortunately, those days of wholesome fun are over. “Dexter” is now a shell of the show it used to be, with each season becoming less and less compelling. Here are three things that are really rubbing me the wrong way in “Dexter”‘s final season…

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Back In The Day: We Love Butterfly Clips

Back In The Day: Beads
Power beads
And all the power they held. Read More »
Back In The Day: Jean Skirts
back in the day - jean skirt
And the many sizes they came in. Read More »
Back In The Day: Ying Yangs
yin wings - back in the day
And their messages of peace. Read More »
butterfly clips - back in the day

What: Butterfly clips

When we wore it: Late ’90s

Why we hate them: Because we never had enough, obviously.

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Indian College Bans Female Students From Wearing Sleeveless Dresses

India's New Rape Laws
india rape
India now could have the death penalty for rape. Read More »
India's Rape Culture
water cannon india
India's rape culture is out of control. Read More »
What Is Manhood?
Times Of India respect women newspaper ad
Indian newspaper ad implores men to respect women. Read More »
India's Feminists
Meet the Gulabi gang, India's feminist movement. Read More »
female students in india - sleeveless ban

Oh, dress codes. Women have been banned from wearing sleeveless dresses at a school in Madhya Pradesh, India, because administrators say doing so isn’t dressing in a “decent manner.” In order to enforce the new rule, the college director stands outside the premises every morning to make sure the students are wearing “decent” attire.

Why are they suddenly enforcing this rule? That’s not exactly clear; perhaps the recent spate of high-profile rapes and gang rapes in India has lead to increased policing of the way women dress in the name of “protecting” them. Anyway, prior to the official enforcement, female students who wore sleeveless dresses had to write essays on Indian culture as punishment — potentially the catalyst for the college-wide ban. Keep reading »

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