Category Archives: Relationships

Sassy sophisticated relationship advice for real women everywhere: dating advice, love advice, and more!

Dear Wendy: “It’s Been Five Years And My Boyfriend Still Won’t Propose!”

The Toothless Groomsman
Advice for a woman who's fiance's groomsman has no teeth. Read More »
Dear Wendy...
"My boyfriend thinks his ex is hotter." Read More »
Anti-Online Dating
How can you "make" yourself date online? Read More »

I’m a 27-year-old female, and I’ve been with my 31 year old boyfriend for over five years now. We have made a happy and loving life together, including sharing a home, sharing our finances, being closely involved with each other’s families, and we even have two cats and a puppy together. About a year ago we started talking seriously about getting engaged within the next six months, but by the time fall rolled around, my boyfriend told me that though he loves me and wants nothing more than a future with me, he was just not ready for an engagement yet. He had some issues from his parents’ divorces, and decided to begin counseling to deal with them. Keep reading »

Where Are All The Sensitive Men Hiding? These 10 Cities!

Do you keep meeting disappointing men? The ones who seem so promising at first, but then end up never calling you, or worse — promising you the world and then breaking your heart? Perhaps you’re attracting the wrong guys because you’re not asking for what you want. Or maybe you have a thing for “bad boys” — you think you can tame ‘em (hint: This almost never works). Could it be a stroke of bad luck? Well, a recent Chemistry.com poll says you may just be living in the wrong city. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “I Was Invited To My Ex’s Wedding, But I Don’t Want To Go”

Toxic Friendships
15 toxic friends you need to dump ASAP. Read More »
S**t Guys Say
The shit guys say to women -- that they wouldn't say to each other. Read More »
Dear Wendy...
"My boyfriend is addicted to singles chat sites." Read More »

Adam, a good friend of mine, who also happens to be an ex-boyfriend, has invited me to his upcoming wedding, but I have no desire whatsoever to go. Adam and I dated about five years ago and broke up because I was 19 and not ready for the type of relationship that he was looking for. We remained close friends, and shortly after, he started dating Debbie, his now fiancée. For a while, we all got along fine. Debbie knew Adam and I were friends, but I only saw her a handful of times over the next couple years while I saw Adam on an almost weekly basis. At first, she was never anything but friendly, but after a while, things got ugly: she sent passive aggressive messages on Myspace and wrote nasty blog posts about me, calling me a whore and a drug addict, and accusing me of trying to steal her fiancé, among other hateful things. I was upset, and confronted Adam, but he took her side and we didn’t speak for three years. Keep reading »

Ladies, Being A Fake Girlfriend Ain’t What It Used To Be

Facebook Love Fail
A writer shares how Facebook ruined her first love. Read More »
Rape Jokes On Facebook
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Joking about raping women is cool with Facebook. Read More »
Facebook Turn-Offs
These Facebook behaviors turn him off. Read More »

Once upon a time, a man (Richard Gere) paid upwards of $10,000 for a week of the Girlfriend Experience (from Julia Roberts, no less). But these days, the laws of supply and demand have totally skewed things, and women have now lowered their fake girlfriend rates to a pittance. A woman named Cathy on the website Fiverr — which gives users the ability to charge one another five dollars for virtually anything — is offering up herself as a fake Facebook girlfriend for up to 10 days. Yes, she’ll pretend to be “in a relationship” with you for only $5. That’s the price of a latte, jerks! And, if that’s not quite to your liking, she’ll also, alternatively, leave jealousy-inducing messages on your Facebook wall for the same price — up to three per day.  Keep reading »

10 Ways We’ll Stand Up For Ourselves In 2012

New Year, New You
Everything you need to kick 2012 off right. Read More »
Find A Therapist
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Seven tips for finding the right therapist. Read More »
Kinder To Yourself
Eight ways to be kinder to yourself. Read More »
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I might sound bold on The Frisky, writing opinionated pieces about marriage equality and abortion rights.

In real life, though? I’m more like the cat that runs underneath the bed when thunder claps. Confrontation, expressing anger and all-around rocking-the-boat aren’t really my thing. I repeatedly bite off more than I can chew, get overwhelmed, and hold inside my anger or hurt feelings rather than deal with it in more manageable, bite-sized pieces. I’m working on getting better at it. But it’s uncomfortable and at times scary.

I’m not the only woman who feels this way. In fact, so many of my friends and other ladies I am close to have expressed to me that they’re “non-confrontational.” A lot of this, I think, has to do with our feelings being minimized or dismissed by our parents and family growing up and later on, those patterns are repeated by our loved ones. But it also has to do with avoiding those uncomfortable and at times scary feelings because confronting them head-on just sucks.

Standing up for myself is something I want to do more, not just in 2012, but always. I’ve brainstormed with my Frisky colleagues some ways we’re going to stand up for ourselves in 2012: Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Had My First Date At Age 23

First-Date Fears
Common first date fears you don't really need to worry about. Read More »
Secret Eating
One writer talks about being a secret eater. Read More »
First Date Mistakes
Here are 10 ways NOT to make a good impression. Read More »

Tipping the scales at 300 pounds through college made meeting my beloved at a frat party or in the dining hall impossible. It wasn’t just the reactions I received from the opposite sex, but since I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin, how could I trust anyone else to be comfortable with me? At 23, I found myself with a great job at CBS News, living in the city that never sleeps and 132 pounds lighter – aka suddenly desirable to men. Yet not only had I never been kissed, but I had never been on a date. I had worked hard to lose the pounds, but was not ready for the attention that came with it. Keep reading »

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