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Guy Talk: How To Spot An Asshole Pretending To Be A Nice Guy

For the past few years now, I’ve had a sporadic conversation with a close friend (I’ll call her “Jenna”) about her admitted weakness for a certain type of guy. The problem, in her own words, is that she falls for Prince Charmings who end up transforming into toads. Recently, we turned to the topic of…

By: Dennis Hong / August 4, 2014

Guy Talk: I Was The Angry Boyfriend

My girlfriend and I moved in together six months ago, and as to be expected, it’s taken some time to get used to each other’s idiosyncrasies – doing the laundry, putting away dishes, and so on. For instance, Melissa sorts our clean towels according to size. I, on the other hand, prefer to separate by…

By: Dennis Hong / March 18, 2014

Dating Don’ts: 6 Harsh Online Dating Realities That You Should Be Aware Of

My girlfriend and I met on eHarmony, so I’ll be the first to acknowledge that online dating can absolutely be a worthwhile experience. Still, it was far from a smooth journey. I dabbled with it for almost seven years, and prior to Melissa, the most memorable thing I came away with was a tome’s worth…

By: Dennis Hong / May 14, 2013

Guy Talk: Consent Isn’t As Simple As “No Means No”

Back in my 20s, I used to party quite a bit, sometimes to ridiculous excess. Drunkenness was rampant, and so were the accompanying shenanigans. Once, a large group of us took a limo bus downtown for a coworker’s birthday. On the bus was a girl I recognized from work, but had never met. We ended…

By: Dennis Hong / February 27, 2013

Guy Talk: How Do You Handle Your Relationship Issues?

Let’s say you and your significant other are having an issue—one that isn’t a relationship killer, but is serious enough that it can’t be ignored. How do you deal with it? Here’s what I do: I go into a mental huddle. I sit down, by myself, and I replay the situation in my head. I…

By: Dennis Hong / January 9, 2013

Guy Talk: Our First Date Was Nothing Spectacular

Today, December 7th, marks the one-year anniversary of my first date with Melissa. I wish I could say that I knew from our very first date that this was going to be something special. That the moment I saw her, I was smitten. That our first date was the most amazing date I’d ever bee…

By: Dennis Hong / December 7, 2012

Guy Talk: I Don’t Regret Cheating

Do you know how, on job applications, they always ask if you’ve ever been arrested? And then they invariably follow it up with, “If yes, please explain?” Do you ever get the feeling that if you write “yes” on the first blank, there is absolutely nothing you can write on the second that will save…

By: Dennis Hong / November 13, 2012

Guy Talk: No Man Is Worth Waiting Around For

At some point, you’ve probably fallen for a guy who just isn’t in the “right place” when you meet him. Maybe it’s obvious from his inability to communicate his feelings. Or, maybe he just flat-out tells you that he’s not ready to be in a relationship. Do you wait for him? Do you tell yourself…

By: Dennis Hong / October 5, 2012

Guy Talk: I Date Outside My Race Because My Race Doesn’t Want To Date Me

In case my last name doesn’t make it obvious enough, I’m Asian. At the same time, as some of my friends have noticed, my last few girlfriends have all been decidedly not Asian. To their mock-raised eyebrows, my response is, “I’m sorry. It's not my fault.” Okay, okay, I know what they’re thinking: As a…

By: Dennis Hong / September 19, 2012

Guy Talk: The Real Reason Women Shouldn’t Make The First Move

Maybe you catch him standing at the other end of the bar, slyly checking you out. Maybe you met him before and flirted with him, but he never asked for your phone number. Or, maybe you’ve already hung out with him a few times, but a casual arm flung over your shoulders is about the…

By: Dennis Hong / September 5, 2012

Guy Talk: Why I’ll Act Like A Jerk If I Break Up With You

In the 2007 remake of "3:10 to Yuma," Christian Bale’s character loses his leg while fighting in the Civil War. As compensation, the government gives him a sum of money, which he uses to attempt to forge a new life. After he fails miserably, he realizes that the government never actually cared about helping him.

By: Dennis Hong / August 7, 2012

Guy Talk: Why You Never Heard From Me Again After Our Amazing First Date

Think of the best first date you ever went on. Got it? Okay, what did you do immediately afterwards? If you’re like some women I've been out with, you called up your best friend and gushed all about the date. You even posted a not-so-subtle status update on Facebook. Something along the lines of, “Just had…

By: Dennis Hong / July 25, 2012