Category Archives: Relationships

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Girl Talk: The Economic Crisis Has Turned My Man Into A House Husband

The economic crisis has made a housewife out of my husband. Once he wore crisp suits and attended glamorous industry functions; now he wears a gray hoodie with an old pair of jeans and considers walking to the post office an event. His underwear is visible through a rip in the crotch of his jeans that has become so large it has nearly severed the leg from the waistband; I was shocked when I found out he regularly walks along our main road in them. He also wears flip-flops and socks, wedging the thong deep in the fabric, making his feet look like they belong to a ninja, and loudly protests that going to the grocery store is not a “fashion show.” Keep reading »

4 Questions To Ask Your Next Potential Boyfriend

My pal Stella* is going through a terrible breakup with a horrible man. Like most of us, Stella knows how to deal with their split (time, wine, chocolate, more wine, more time), but she was concerned about the bigger picture. Why had she gotten herself mixed up with this jackass in the first place? Or the moron before him? Or the cad prior to that one?

Being a sensible lady, Stella called her old therapist in order to get some perspective and guidance. Surely a licensed professional would have some clue.

Sure enough, she did. After giving my friend a dose of very tough love, Ms. Shrinky Dink gave her a list of questions to ask the next man she considers dating. According to the good doctor, the answers will tell her everything she needs to know before getting in too deep. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “How Can I Gently Dump My Boyfriend?”

It’s time again for “Shortcuts,” wherein I answer readers’ letters in two sentences or less. Sometimes the answer to a person’s question is so obvious and the need to hear it so great, being as clear and frank as possible is simply the best way to go. Today we discuss ending dead-end relationships and how to scare a guy off in three easy steps. Keep reading »

Ladies, Marrying A Younger Man Can Kill You

According to an article in Science Daily, Demi Moore probably won’t be with us much longer. Seriously, though, studies show that women who get hitched to younger dudes have a lower life expectancy than chicks who score a spouse their own age. On the flip side, men with younger wives tend to live longer. Life just isn’t fair. Keep reading »

Dear Sister: Maybe You Will Be Alone Forever

I’d like to say I don’t know why you’re letting him back into your life and bask in that ignorance, but I do know why. You’re almost 35 now and want nothing more than a flesh-and-blood child of your own with a man you love—more than you wanted that master’s degree, that great job you have, that beautiful house you bought with your own money or that strong, athletic body you worked so hard to get back after he broke your heart the last time and ran off with someone else. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “Should I Lose My Virginity To A Summer Fling?”

I’m 22 years old and grew up moving around a lot so there was never a point in my life that I actually settled down in a place long enough to have a real relationship. In high school there was this guy that I liked and we were pretty close and remained friends even after I moved to another country. We are still frequently in touch and in the past three years our relationship has moved on from being friends to, well … maybe something more. Now I’m going back to the place we met for my summer vacation and he’ll be there. He’s not seeing anyone right now so I know that we’re going to fool around with each other. The thing is that I am a virgin. It’s not like I am waiting for my wedding night or anything, but I am waiting to lose my virginity to someone who would at least in that point in my life be “the one.” This guy isn’t going to be. We won’t even be together after summer. So, do you think I should just let go and go along with what happens or wait for someone who’s going to be there for me at least for some time? It’s not like I’m not ready, and he’s a great guy and we have shared a great deal (he was even my first kiss). But we’ll just be together for a month and go our separate ways again. Is life too short to wait for someone I don’t even know, when the perfect guy right now is right there in front of me at least for a month? — Restless Virgin

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25 Signs You’re Not Actually Dating

Remember when you were in high school and college and dating really just meant “hanging out”? Once you reach a certain age — ahem, 21, when you can legally go out to a restaurant and order a bottle of wine — the definition of dating becomes much, much simpler. In order to be dating someone, you need to be going out on dates, among other things. After the jump, 25 signs you’re not actually dating. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Maybe I Should Try Celibacy

I’m seriously inspired by this article I saw in the New York Post, “No More Sex In The City,” about how celibacy has become “a thing.” It opens with the story of 29-year-old Brooklyn musician Katie Jean Arnold:

After hooking up with a stranger on the L train platform and going back to his place, she woke up at his apartment and decided to leave. On her way out the door, he came up to her, naked, and said the words she’ll never forget: ‘What’s your name?’ It was then that she made her Big Decision. No. More. Sex. Katie plans to keep her chastity belt on from now on … well at least until she achieves her dream of landing a record deal. “Not having sex is like giving up junk food … sex in New York for me had become like the 99-cent package of Ding Dongs on the corner.”

I’m embarrassed to admit that I can totally relate. Oh man, do I love Ding Dongs. Keep reading »

Facebook Says Getting Engaged Makes Women Unhappy

One would think that becoming engaged would make a woman happy, right? Well, if status updates on Facebook are any indication — and at least two research scientists say they are — that theory is all wrong. Cameron Marlow and D.J. Patil spend their days tracking trends on Facebook where the roughly 400 million users give them a totally unprecedented insight into human behavior. Together, they study what Facebook calls the “Gross National Happiness Index,” an application “that measures the positive and negative sentiments expressed in status posts,” and what they’ve found, especially when it comes to how relationships affect us, may surprise many people. Keep reading »

Should She Return Her Engagement Ring?


It’s one of those age-old debates—when an engagement is called off, should the woman return the ring or can she keep it? Last month, a New York judge ordered a woman to return her rock to her fiance, which she thought was totally unfair because he had cheated and caused her “emotional distress” in the process. Colette DiPierro, 28, of Staten Island, is in a similar position. She is being sued by her ex fiance to give the $17K ring back and will be heading to court soon. But, she claims that she’s keeping the ring as collateral for money he owes her for rent and other bills. Plus, she says, the ring was also a birthday gift. Earlier this week, she headed to “The Wendy Williams Show” to argue her case. Hear what she has to say above. What do you think? Should she be legally forced to return the ring? Keep reading »

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