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National Best Friends Day: 8 Types Of Friendships To Help You Grow As A Person

Happy National Best Friends Day! (No, really. It is!) When it comes to major life transitions and decisions about careers, romantic entanglements, sexual dilemmas, health, and possibly marriage or motherhood, who’s got your back, ladies? That’s right, your girlfriends. In our lives we can’t cast the perfect variety pack of girlfriends, as the creators of…

By: Joanne Hinkel / June 8, 2012

10 Things Not To Do At Your First Holiday Dinner With His Folks

Whether you’ve been dating for weeks or years, the first holiday meal you spend at his family's house is unnerving. Hopefully, you've met his family before this big day, though maybe you haven't. Regardless, the premiere Thanksgiving at his parents' house is an entirely new adventure --who knows what you're walking into? Each family ha…

By: Joanne Hinkel / November 20, 2011

8 Ways To Instantly Revive Your Romance

The minister who performed the ceremony for our wedding six years ago required all couples to take counseling sessions with her before their big day. So my guy and I did – we took personality tests, talked about our approaches to solving conflict and our plans for the future, and we got a lecture o…

By: Joanne Hinkel / January 28, 2011

Joanne’s Favorite Things Of 2010

The blog Your It List has asked a bunch of cool tastemaker types to reveal their favorite things of 2010. They didn’t ask us for ours, but we’re going to share ‘em anyway. You’ve read Julie’s and Amelia's, now here’s Joanne’s ...

By: Joanne Hinkel / December 21, 2010

Woman Who Doesn’t Experience Fear Could Help PTSD Treatment

Wow. Imagine if nothing scared you. You could ask out that guy you've been crushing on, try skydiving, not panic while driving in a snow storm: the possibilities would be endless. Well, the science blogs were abuzz today with news of a 44-year-old woman who really doesn't experience fear. University of Iowa researchers write about…

By: Joanne Hinkel / December 19, 2010

Top 10 Celebrity Names That Irritate Copy Editors

Yesterday, just after Ami's post "What Was Your Best Day Of 2010?" went live, a friend kindly emailed me to tell me that Miike Snow was misspelled. I appreciate her keeping me on my toes—as a Copy Editor tending to lots of posts throughout the day, there are things I miss sometimes. But the band…

By: Joanne Hinkel / December 17, 2010

Are You Into Sexual “Simmering”?

When we talk about our sex lives, it's usually in terms of how often, where and when we're doing the actual deed. But some sex therapists contend that getting each other sexually aroused at random moments is just as important to a couple's bond as lovemaking. Dr. Stephen Snyder blogged about this idea for PsychologyToday.com

By: Joanne Hinkel / December 17, 2010

10 Tips On How To Have A Sexy Christmas With Your S.O.

When you think about it, all the decadence and pleasure wrapped up in Christmas make it a rather sexy holiday. So many yuletide activities—eating chocolates, spending time in front of a roaring fire in your pajamas, gift-giving—naturally lead to romantic moments. At least they do in holiday movies like “When Harry Met Sally,” “Love, Actually”…

By: Joanne Hinkel / December 15, 2010

The Possibility Of Wrinkles, Not Cancer, Gets Women To Quit Smoking

The irony is that vanity is what gets a lot of us ladies to start smoking. We take it up most likely 'cause we think we look sultry while puffing away, or we like that lighting up keeps us from snacking so our jeans look sexier on our rumps. Well, according to a study just

By: Joanne Hinkel / December 14, 2010

Don’t Let Santa Bring You Debt This Year For Christmas

Even though it’s less than two weeks until December 25th, I’m experiencing a small Christmas miracle: I’m not feeling the holiday panic. Why? The day after Thanksgiving I put together a gift-giving plan for my loved ones and accompanying to-do list and I've been chipping away at it -- both online and by shopping here…

By: Joanne Hinkel / December 13, 2010

Girl Talk: My Real-Life “Four Christmases”

Like a lot of people, seeing the month of December flip over on the calendar every year brings on both excitement and dread for the remaining days of the year. Presents, parties, merry-making, decorating trees: pros. Spending hundreds of dollars I don’t have, the inevitable cookie- and cheese platter-induced weight gain, and a to-do list…

By: Joanne Hinkel / December 10, 2010

One Columnist Argues That Marriage Is Still Important … To Kids

In this week's Boston Herald, op-ed columnist Jennifer C. Braceras suggests that while adults might think marriage is becoming unnecessary, kids definitely need the institution. She supports this idea with statistics from a recently published Pew Research Center study, conducted in coordination with Time magazine. Braceras highlights the study's (unsurprising) finding that single-parent households are…

By: Joanne Hinkel / December 2, 2010

The Pill: Has It Made Our Lives Simpler Or More Complicated?

There's no question that the birth control pill has given us modern women an undeniable amount of freedom that our grandmothers didn't have -- both sexual and cultural -- since its introduction to the free market 50 years ago. But what it's costing our generation is an increased likelihood of infertility, or so says New

By: Joanne Hinkel / December 1, 2010

Women Pop Artists Get Exposed At The Brooklyn Museum

Artist Marjorie Strider's comically pornographic "Woman with Radish," made in 1963, was an unusual contribution to Pop Art -- it was a feminist one. She subverted the often ridiculously over-sexual, pinup-inspired graphics in commercial graphic art of this era by addressing such objectification in her own art. The eyelashes and radish (above) are sculpted out…

By: Joanne Hinkel / November 22, 2010

Surprising News: An Only Child May Be A Happier Child

While growing up -- with one sister, a mother, and a father -- I’d sometimes fantasize about being part of a massive family. This was, no doubt, because my favorite TV reruns – like "The Brady Bunch" and "8 Is Enough" – made it look like all fun and giggles to have scads of sibling…

By: Joanne Hinkel / November 20, 2010

Can Facebook Ruin A Marriage?

Reverend Cedric Miller, of Neptune, New Jersey, made headlines this week for demanding that his married church leaders stay off Facebook because he thinks it leads to infidelity. The reverend says he has counseled 20 couples in his congregation, at the Living Word Christian Fellowship Church, who are having marital problems because of the social…

By: Joanne Hinkel / November 19, 2010

A Thanksgiving Dinner For 6 For $6 — Is This Possible?

Even if the ingredients for your feast next Thursday aren't from Whole Foods, I think it's safe to say the meal will definitely cost a lot more than $1 per person. Well, self-proclaimed professional "frugalista" Jeffrey Strain is planning to spend only that on his T-giving spread. He has embarked on a mega cheapskate challenge:…

By: Joanne Hinkel / November 19, 2010

Did Your Mom Prepare You For Your Period?

In my middle school years, I learned about the menstrual cycle the same way I think most of my girlfriends did — through biology class, Judy Blume books and gossip. My mom told me zilch. My older sister prepared me for nada. Of course, parents these days, a generation later, are much more proactive i…

By: Joanne Hinkel / November 19, 2010

HuffPo’s New Divorce Section — Smart Idea Or Too Cynical?

This week, the Huffington Post launched a groundbreaking new category of content for a news blog or lifestyle magazine: a section devoted to divorce. Chock-full of advice, how-tos (for navigating the holidays, finding a lawyer, breaking it to the kids, etc.), celeb divorce news, and insightful personal essays, there is no dearth of content o…

By: Joanne Hinkel / November 12, 2010

A Straight British Couple Seeks A Gay Union

The fight to legalize same-sex marriage in the U.K. is starting to get interesting. On Tuesday, a heterosexual couple, 26-year-old North Londoners Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, applied for a civil partnership at their local town hall and were swiftly rejected by officials because such unions are for "same-sex couples only." With the support of…

By: Joanne Hinkel / November 11, 2010

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