Relationships

Dater X: [ne]X[t]

This past Wednesday found me crying at 1 a.m. outside of The Big Easy’s place of employment.

Relax; it’s not what you think.

For one thing, I wasn’t there because it was The Big Easy’s place of employment.  He just happens to work in a massive landmark located across the street… More »


Make It Stop: “Why Do Dudes Keep Flaking On Me?”

Being blown off, well, BLOWS. More »


10 Signs You’re Dating A Fitz

He may be President on “Scandal,” but he’s also a drip to date on screen AND off. More »


Check Your Vibes: 8 Ways To Make Friends Like A Grown-Up

Remember when you were in middle school and your new future BFF sort of just appeared next to you in your third period science class, and you were suddenly joined at the hip for the next five years without even realizing what was happening? Weren’t those days easy? Once we’re older and out in the… More »


Girl On Girl: Tinder, Modern Love & Watery Maybes

There’s an important point to be made about how easy it is to ghost people or cancel plans now. We now say no at a lower emotional cost. That means we can say yes more. More »


On Loving Men Who Can’t Love Back

Lusting after images of men, of copies of them, seems to be a safe way for a girl to figure out her body. But it’s a terrible way for a woman to figure out her heart. More »


Dater X: Free Fall

I’ve been thinking a lot about falling, and not just because I’m absurdly accident prone.

For one thing, fall is here and there’s no denying it; it’s dark by 7 p.m. and there are already a surprising number of crackly leaves underfoot in the parks. But I’ve also been thinking about the act… More »


Check Your Vibes: Is Being Loyal Ever A Bad Thing?

I was on the phone with my mom the other day, pondering aloud whether switching dentists was a regrettable thing to do, when I mentioned that in a way, I’d feel a bit guilty about making the change. After all, when you trust someone enough to get up in your business and clean your teeth… More »


9 Reasons Bald Boyfriends Are The Best

I like bald guys. It’s not just that I don’t mind if a guy is losing his hair. I think it’s hot. While I recognize that not every 16-year-old girl has a crush on her balding biology teacher, I think women should give bald men another look. In my well-informed opinion, they make the best… More »


Make It Stop: “Did My OKCupid Date Stick Me In The Friendzone?”

They messaged online and texted for weeks, but when they met up in person, he didn’t seem as interested. What’s up with that? More »


Grown Ass Lady Posts A Love Note Left For Her Boyfriend By Their 12-Year-Old Neighbor

C’mon, 12-year-old girls have it hard enough. More »


One Day Less: I’m Dying, What’s Your Excuse For Being An Asshole?

Death and taxes are a fact of life. Unfortunately for more than 70,000 women (and men) in the U.S. between the ages of 20-39, they will add cancer to that list too, more specifically breast cancer. It’s a growing epidemic striking more women per year and at younger ages. In fact, every day, three womenMore »


There’s A New Dating App About Bacon If You’re Hungry For Love

“Liking bacon is not a personality,” Joe Robinow tweeted on August 28th. Well Joe, it seems Oscar Mayer (one of the leading authorities on bacon) disagrees and thinks it can help you find love. Enter Sizzl, a new real, free iOS app made for helping bacon lovers find love with each other.

This app appears to be… More »


Is There Such A Thing As “Ethics” In Public Confessional Writing?

What are the rules for when your own personal confessions involve other people? More »


Check Your Vibes: 10 Things I’ve Learned About Grief To Help Get You Through

 

A little over a year ago, my dad died very unexpectedly, something I’ve written about a lot on this site. As time has gone on, the nature of my grief has evolved (it still is), and I feel that so much has changed since that day in August since I first receivedMore »


My House: An Incomplete Search For Home

I grew up in a rural town in west central Illinois called Monmouth. Monmouth was rough. My dad taught at Monmouth College, which made my brother, sister and me nerds or snobs depending on the day and the hater. Our schools were among the lowest performing in the state: for the most part our teachers… More »


Dater X: Winter Is Coming

Fall showed up this week like something out of an Alice Hoffman novel, landing flatly and without prelude on my thermostat as the sun set on Labor Day. The humidity dissipated like perfume when someone leaves the room; the lush August greenery was suddenly edged with brown, blowing in a breeze that pricked goosebumps onto… More »


On Donald Trump & Fathers Who Sexualize Their Daughters

Late one summer night, I received a message on Facebook.

“You looked so sexy,” it read. More »


Make It Stop: “I Met A Great, Funny, Smart Guy Online — But I’m Not Attracted To Him”

Is it wrong for her to continue getting to know him if she’s not sure it’ll lead anywhere? More »


13 Questionable Relationship Lessons From ‘Bachelor In Paradise’

There are a lot of strange lessons to be learned from Bachelor In Paradise. More »


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