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Make It Stop: “My Boyfriend Doesn’t Care About Spending Birthdays Or Holidays Together!”

I moved into my boyfriend’s place before we were dating as a stepping stone while I transferred my life from west coast to east coast. Having lived together before we started dating and still living together, our relationship is at an escalated pace, which makes it confusing for me. His birthday is coming up right before Christmas, and when I brought up planning celebrations I was shocked. My boyfriend does not think it is important that I be at his birthday party or that we spend holidays together. He strongly believes that there is no need to spend the holidays away from your own family. I am struggling with this because, I think when you are in a committed relationship, living together and in love, you should spend the holidays together, perhaps alternating whose family you spend the holidays with. Am I expecting too much, or should I cut my losses?

Whew. I need to take a deep breath to unpack this all. Keep reading »

Study: The Cost Of Your Wedding & Engagement Ring Can Predict Divorce

Engagement Ring

A study conducted by economists at Emory University found that the amount of money spent on a couple’s wedding and engagement can pretty accurately predict whether divorce is on the horizon. The study, smugly titled “‘A Diamond Is Forever’ And Other Fairy Tales” (love it), surveyed over 3,000 people about their nuptial spending, controlling for aspects of their relationship and demographics. That survey found that couples who spend more on weddings and engagement rings are far less likely to stick it out for the long haul of marriage. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Dating As A Sex Writer

Girl Talk: Dating As A Sex Writer

While watching your partner have sex with another person is common enough to play a vibrant role in swinging and orgies, and to spawn porn parodies like “One Flew Over the Cuckold’s Nest,” in general it’s safe to assume that a conversation regarding your partner’s sexual history rarely ends well. Recalling Amsterdam trips at 19 or drunken indiscretions with a married man upon moving to New York typically don’t make for the best dirty talk. While honesty is the best policy, exchanging such details in a new relationship often leaves you wishing you left them in your past like your Bob Marley wall tapestry rather than stamped on your present like the peace sign tattoo on your ass.

As a sex writer, I can attest to the usefulness of personal anecdotes in writing. (See: This article.) People tend to be more interested in learning about “sounding” (the practice of inserting objects up the urethra) when you can describe a British man exhibiting such a kink in your bed after a tea date than simply an interview with a sexologist on the practice standing alone. Less clinical, more relatable, with a punch of humor. “The truth is stranger than fiction” said Mark Twain, although I don’t think he was referring to pinkies up pee-holes. While the general population tends to appreciate such tales, the one reader group that grimaces, perhaps secondary to my parents, are my boyfriends. Keep reading »

The Disney Princes Ranked By Their Rebound Guy Potential

The Disney Princes Ranked By Their Rebound Guy Potential

When you think about dating one of the Disney princes (and you know you have) it’s normally a happily ever after, having scores of royal children together scenario. But some of the princes (and for the purpose of this list, we’re also including the non-royal male companions of the Disney princesses) would actually make better rebound relationships then life long companions. Read more on College Candy…

Dater X: Pumping The Brakes

Dater X: Pumping The Brakes

It’s no secret I’ve been hurt in the past. Patrick Bateman broke my heart and left me with some serious trust issues and therapy bills to show for it, which is why it’s imperative I end up with someone who’s open and honest about his intentions and feelings. Last week, Baby Face proved to me that he can be that person, even though what he was telling me wasn’t exactly what I wanted to hear. Keep reading »

22 Reasons You Should Date A Guy With A Beard

22 Reasons You Should Date A Guy With A Beard

What better way to celebrate the momentous #NoShaveNovember than to honor all the guys out there for whom “not shaving” is a way of life? The answer: there is no better way. This is the best way.

While smooth-faced chaps and bald boyfriends are wonderful in their own right, this month isn’t about them. It’s about the dudes who have committed their time (and their mugs) to being bearded. If facial hair has never really been your thing, here are 22 reasons that might just change your mind. Read more on Tres Sugar…

 

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