Category Archives: Relationships

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

14 Realities Of Romantic Relationships In Chart Form

Of all the things you see charted in elementary and middle school — the human tongue, the color spectrum– what to expect from romantic relationships would seem to be a pretty conspicuous omission. We asked you to show us the charts you wish you’d seen before you ever admitted to liking someone as more than a friend. Read more…

Girl Talk: On Nagging

In Praise Of Angry Sex
Some of the best sex comes after a blowout fight. Read More »
Do All Couples Argue?
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If a couple says they never argue, they're probably lying. Read More »
5 Common Fights
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Five common relationship fights and how to avoid them. Read More »

The first and only time my husband called me a “nag” invoked a cringe-worthy shudder, followed by the thought, “Am I seriously turning into my mother?!” In my personal catalog of unsavory labels, “nag” occupies a space somewhere between “brownnoser” and “snob,” insults I neither want to be called nor become, yet sting fiercely because they often embody a flicker of truth. No woman aspires to be a nag. Yet the  moniker remains synonymous with marriage, as though men across the globe all spat, “Nag!” when the word “Wife” is drawn in those psychological word association tests.

The stereotype that all wives are nags is filed neatly under another catalog of mine, the Marriage Myths List. My favorite examples include “married couples don’t have sex” (really?), “all husbands are under the thumb” (mine’s not), and “new moms inevitably let themselves go” (yes, she’s a model, but has anyone seen Miranda Kerr lately?). Since I am in the business of debunking matrimonial fables, it’s worthwhile to expose the easy and cliché tag for wives who mean well everywhere. Truthfully, nagging should be defined as a breakdown in communication that can characterize any relationship, not just marriage. Keep reading »

The Dos & Don’ts Of Standing Up For Your Man

After the Patriots lost the Super Bowl this past Sunday, quarterback Tom Brady suffered from the blows of fans and media alike who said he just couldn’t make it happen. This is where his wife, professional model Gisele Bundchen, stepped in. She was quoted saying that Tom couldn’t “f—king throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.” Obviously this slam at the rest of the team turned the media into a frenzy and painted Gisele into the bitchy wife. But is she really? Read more…

19 Stupid Lies We’ve Told Dudes We’ve Dated

Online Dating Lies
The top 10 white lies people tell on their profiles. Read More »
Lies Women Tell Each Other
We need to stop lying to each other, ladies. Read More »

Okay, so sometimes we fib a little bit when we’re dating a guy. Not about the big stuff — like our name or what we do for a living. It’s not that we mean to be dishonest, it’s just that our politeness, insecurity or desire to dazzle get in the way of the truth. And sometimes, before we know it, we’ve told you we read all of David Foster Wallace’s books, when really we’ve only read all of DFW’s book jackets. We meant to read the books in their entirety, we just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Anyhow, what we’re trying to say is that we’re sorry for all the stupid lies we’ve told. We’re coming clean after the jump. Keep reading »

Love, Sex & Marriage In The Days Of “Downton Abbey”

The entire plot of the first season of PBS’s standout show “Downton Abbey” revolves around the cultural customs and laws of heirs, women’s rights, and marriage during the last hurrah of Britain’s Edwardian era at the cusp of World War I. Then the current season covers WWI and beyond, from 1916 to 1920. This transition was a time of social and political turmoil, and it marked a pivotal change for women’s rights in Britain. To better understand where women stood and how far we’ve come, let’s look at the rules of love, sex, and marriage in Britain’s Edwardian era, and how things changed after World War I. Read more…

Valentine’s Day Date Inspiration: A Romantic Evening On The Couch … Alone

V-Day Date Inspiration #1
How to arrange the perfect romantic dinner at home. Read More »
V-Day Survival Guide
For all your Valentine's Day needs. Read More »
V-Day Date Inspiration #2
Make love like the French with this dinner a deux. Read More »

Who says you have to have a date on Valentine’s Day with anyone other than YOURSELF? Embrace your singledom to the extreme this V-Day. Here’s what you’ll need if you plan on getting up close and personal with your couch on February 14th. Keep reading »

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