As someone who is well versed in making up fake boyfriends, and even better at making them zero percent believable [Hello Jamie from Escondido, who was a bad fake boyfriend given that A) all of my friends had actually met the real Jamie from Escondido, and B) we had met him at CHEERLEADING CAMP], I can attest to the naive foolishness that leads a lady to invent a relationship that does not exist.
It’s a wish fulfillment boyfriend, cobbled together of all the best bits of real life boyfriends, and helps take the sting out of being seemingly forever alone. For others, there are less pathetic reasons: undisclosed changes in sexual preferences to nagging family members, nagging family members in general, creeps who won’t get the hint without a fabricated screenshot from a suave romeo. Whatever your reason is for inventing a fake lover, Invisible Boyfriend (And Girlfriend) is here to make that soul-crushing process a little easier. Keep reading »
Today in news that’s exactly zero percent shocking, the Journal for Creative Behavior released a study that tells you nothing you didn’t already know about what men and women find sexy. The study, done by a University of Pennsylvania professor, interviewed 815 male and female undergraduates and asked them to rank various creative pursuits on a scale of 1 (sexually unattractive) to 5 (sexually attractive). Needless to say, men didn’t rank a woman’s love of computer skills as high on their list. So what do men find sexy? Keep reading »
New York magazine’s splendid “Science of Us” section released a whopper of an interview today, talking to an anonymous female who was in a sexual relationship with her father. The opening narrative of the article focused on “Genetic Sexual Attraction,” a phrase coined by an incest support group to describe the relationships between adopted children and the biological relatives they’d reconnected with later in life, before jumping into an interview with the anonymous woman, who New York assured readers was a consenting adult. And while the girl in question is technically a consenting adult, the biggest takeaway from reading the article wasn’t the intricacies of her taboo relationship: it was how young she was, clocking in at just 18-years-old. Keep reading »
It was almost as if we communicated by ESP. My fiancé and I got engaged, sat down over lunch to start talking wedding stuff, and at the same exact time, both blurted out, “Let’s have a friend officiate!”
Okay, it didn’t go exactly like that. But I swear, it may as well have. As soon as we started wedding planning, it was already an unspoken truth that our ceremony wouldn’t be led by a rabbi, a priest, a judge, or any other “official” figure. No, Andy and I both seemed to know even before we got engaged that we’d have a friend officiate. Keep reading »