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Marriage Does Not Have To Wait For Money

As a man, when I think about marriage I ask myself: When can I afford it? I understand that the formula for eligible bachelors weighs income and wealth very heavily. Recently, an article on The Atlantic entitled “All the Single Ladies” reinforced this notion, with its many implications that men who are not doing well financially are unworthy of marriage.

“All the Single Ladies” makes clear the idea that because women can now earn as much as men, the relative financial impact of a man’s income in a marriage is much smaller than it was 20 or more years ago. In addition, we all face the reality that many of us who have high earnings (men and women) have a lot of debt with it, and therefore much less cash for weddings, honeymoons, engagement rings, and even residential homes.

So when can a man afford marriage? I have come up with two scenarios that can help answer this question. In my view, there are two financial strategies for marriage, and both of them can work for just about anyone. Read more…

 

Prost! 18 Handsome Reasons To Celebrate Oktoberfest

With Oktoberfest officially under way, it’s time to enjoy your favorite German brews — and swoon over some of the hottest German men in the spotlight. From sexy actors and gorgeous models to hot, talented Olympians, we’ve rounded up the best-looking reasons to celebrate German culture this month. Craving a bit of eye candy? Take a moment to check out these handsome German men — prost (cheers)! Read more…

9 Types Of New Single Leading Ladies On Fall TV

Fall TV has officially begun filling our DVRs, and we’re especially excited to see the new shows featuring strong female characters (like Mindy Kaling in “The Mindy Project,” which premiered last night). Whether they’re doctors, lawyers, or country singers, this fresh crop of leading ladies includes plenty of driven, professional single women who have aspirations that don’t just include marriage and babies. There’s a single lady we can all relate to from the bunch — even it’s to our former single self — so check out the women we’ll be rooting for this Fall TV season! Read more…

Life & Love Advice From Emmy-Nominated Characters

The Emmys are tonight, and there are some pretty talented ladies up for outstanding lead actress and outstanding supporting actress in both the drama and comedy categories. Dramatic actresses like Maggie Smith of “Downton Abbey” and “Mad Men”‘s Christina Hendricks play some of our favorite strong female characters. And we sure wouldn’t want to be the ones choosing between the funny ladies, who include Amy PoehlerTina Fey, Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy! In honor of these women and their interesting, quick-witted, and chuckle-inducing characters, here are some of the best words of wisdom from Liz, Hannah, Joan, the Dowager Countess, and the rest of the Emmy-nominated female characters! Read more…

Reasons I Have Rejected Guys Based On Their OKCupid Profiles

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Mentions morals he inherited from his grandfather in first five sentences. Even if your grandfather is dead, it is still very unsexy to mention that basically you don’t believe in women’s rights and think that Russia is planning the downfall of the American empire. Everyone knows it’s China.

Three references to finding an “*HONEST*” woman in the same profile. There can be two interpretations of this. Either you always hook up with women who lie and cheat, which means you probably lie and cheat yourself, or you’ve convinced yourself that every woman who ever dumped or rejected you had alternate motivations besides the fact that they just didn’t like you. Read more…

A History Of Onscreen Women And Abortion

Abortion has been a hot-button topic for years, but it’s been resurrected as one of the most talked about issues this election season with debates about Planned Parenthood and Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” remark still ringing in our ears. The heated political and religious discourse on the issue of whether or not abortion should be legal has made it taboo in films and TV, so it’s not often that we see the issue honestly approached on screen. However, there have been some exceptions.

Without giving too much away, the dark comedy “Bachelorette,” out today, is one of those movies. In the film — starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan as high school BFFs reuniting for a girlfriend’s wedding— one of the characters opens up about an abortion from her teen years, and she even references one of the most iconic films about the same scenario, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Let’s look back at some of the memorable female characters who’ve wrestled with the decision to end a pregnancy on screen. Read more …

The Secret To An Amazing Hookup

First date, second date, kiss, have sex, meet the parents, move in, get engaged, get married, have kids.

This is the default for men and women living today in the United States (other countries may vary). Why is this our default?

Mostly because of Disney movies. That’s how we were programmed as a kid and that’s what we assume as adults. We unconsciously mold to this model, even when it’s not what we intended. Sometimes we meet girls and don’t want a relationship. What’s an honest man to do?

The secret is proactive communication. Read more…

5 Reasons Why Being A Single Man Is Kind Of Overrated

While most will probably remember 2012 as the “Year Of The YOLO” (and by “most” I mean “like seven people”), it holds special significance for me because it’ll likely be the first year since 2002 where I spent the entire year single. I haven’t completed a full calendar year yet — May will make it seven months since the former Lady Champ and I decided to go our separate ways — but because I seem to enjoy doing random anthropological experiments on myself for absolutely no reason (and because I’m an INTJ and INTJs apparently suck at relationships), I’m confident that I’ll make it to 2013 without having to change my Facebook relationship status again.

Anyway, if I could sum up my seven months of singledom in one word, it would most likely be “interesting.” I’ve met some “interesting” people, done some “interesting” things, made some “interesting” decisions, and, most importantly, thought some “interesting” thoughts. The most “interesting” of these “interesting” thoughts? Being a single man is kind of overrated. Read more…

6 Things To Know About The Birth Control Mandate That Begins Today

Happy free birth control day! President Obama’s free birth control mandate begins today, but before you get your hopes up there are some important things to know about what it means for you. A part of Obama’s healthcare reform stipulates that private insurance companies must be required to provide contraception without copays beginning today, Aug. 1, so here’s what you need to know about taking advantage of this new policy:

  • It’s more than birth control: Under Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), new insurance plans must cover a variety of services for women at no out-of-pocket costs. These include domestic violence counseling, cervical cancer screenings, FDA-approved contraception, STI screenings, breastfeeding supplies, and a “well woman” visit with her healthcare provider. Read more…

Take This British Slang Quiz!

The Summer Olympics in London have begun, which means fast-talking British reporters using words like daft, dodgy, slag, and snog. If this is all codswallop to you, brush up on your Brit lingo so you don’t end up looking like a prat watching the big event!

If you’re barmy

A) You’re drunk.
B) You’ve gone mad or crazy.
C) You’re confused.
D) You’re angry.

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