Category Archives: Relationships

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Mommie Dearest: The Facebook Crowd-Sourcing Guide To Sleep-Training, Feeding & Vaccinating Your Baby

Mommie Dearest: The Facebook Crowd-Sourcing Guide To Sleep-Training, Feeding & Vaccinating Your Baby

My Facebook feed is exploding with new babies. Adorable, squishy, big-eyed baby pictures are popping up all over the place, and most of them belong to first time parents. One of the great things about social media is that I have easy access to an array of newborn cuteness, from friends across the globe. At the same time, it’s also a window into “Facebook parenting” — the phenomenon where parents take to social media to ask parenting related questions, and then have to sift through the various (and often contradicting) range of responses. In a recent piece for CNN, Kelly Wallace takes a look at this trend and weighs the pros and cons of sourcing parenting advice from folks on Facebook. Keep reading »

Do Men Think Your Hobby Is Sexxxxxy?

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 »

Make It Stop: “I Can’t Stop Being Jealous Of My Boyfriend’s Ex”

Make It Stop: "I Can't Stop Being Jealous Of My Boyfriend's Ex"

My boyfriend, Sven (not his real name), and I have been together for about seven months. And while he’s incredible, there’s just one thing that makes me uncomfortable. My BF is very close with his ex-girlfriend Veronica (not her real name either). They hang out with each other one-on-one, share a circle of friends and common interests, they dated through college and even lived together.

I like this girl, and I want to be capable of forming a friendship with her, for both my boyfriend’s happiness and my own peace of mind. But every time I am put in a social situation with her, I freeze up, internally panic, and start comparing myself to her. Veronica is pretty, funny, and I can totally envision her and my boyfriend as having been/being a couple. I think she picks up on this vibe, which I find completely mortifying. Keep reading »

If You’re Going To Tell Us Banging Your Dad Is Okay, Please Be An Actual Adult

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 »

Hitched 2.0: Why My Brother-In-Law Is Officiating Our Ceremony

Hitched 2.0: Why My Brother-In-Law Is Officiating Our Ceremony

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 »

Dater X: Conducting A Love Experiment

Dater X: Conducting A Love Experiment

After returning from a much-needed vacation, I got back into my daily groove of hitting the snooze button, rushing out the door at 8am in a haphazard, almost Kramer-like fashion and finally settling in on my commute into work. Usually I skim through Instagram and Twitter during my ride, a thoughtless way to ease into the day, but occasionally I check out the New York Times, depending on how prepared I am to be depressed about the world before I’ve even had my first cup of coffee. This week, I opted to be educational, and stumbled across the Times’ latest Modern Love column called “To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This.”

Say no more. Keep reading »

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