Category Archives: Relationships

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The Frisky Girl (Friend) Code

I’ve been having a months-long feud with my best friend. I won’t go into all the details, but I pretty much believe she’s unwilling to admit her fault in this situation, though I realize that I had a part in the conflict, too. What could have prevented our disagreement? I decided to search deep within myself and examine how my friend hurt me in order to come up with a list of guidelines, a girl code that will hopefully help you with your best buds. Don’t forget to leave your suggestions in the comments. Keep reading »

Can You Be Friends With Your Ex?

In most relationships, the time to say goodbye usually arrives at one point or another — unless you intend to walk down the aisle, of course (and even then …). With your ex, you’ve shared memories that will either make you laugh or cry, and it’s time to take your experiences, put them in your back pocket and move on. But somewhere on the road of parting ways couples feel the need to promise to stay friends — which ultimately leads to more broken promises.

So, can you ever be friends with your ex? Does it have to be all-or-nothing? Read more Keep reading »

A Taxonomy Of Relationships, Based On The Song You’re Listening To On Repeat

Whenever I walk down the street, I like to pretend that the music I’m listening to is my own personal soundtrack. The other day, a song popped up on my iPod that was so emotionally loaded with memories that it took me by surprise. It was the song I listened to on repeat for weeks during my freshman year of college, after a particularly dreamy encounter with a guy I was crushing on. For me, the song captured all the intricacies and excitement of that moment. It escalated my already-giddy happiness into a euphoria that beat any thrill I could get from dissecting the encounter with a friend. The music knew how I felt and carefully played with my emotions to make me believe that this song “got” me — like it was made just for me and that moment.

I truly believe that for every relationship, quasi-relationship, or sexual encounter you have, there is a song that perfectly encapsulates it. A song, no matter how annoying, whiny, cheesy, or sappy, that you can listen to on repeat because, durnit, that ditty knows exactly what you’re going through. After the jump, I’ve compiled a list of songs — taken from my personal experiences — which I feel categorize and exemplify specific relationships. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “Is Fighting Healthy In A Relationship?”

Every once in a while I get a question that’s so to-the-point and universal, I can’t not answer. Here’s an example:

Is fighting healthy for a relationship? And if so, how do you define what a “healthy fight” is? — Curious

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Girl Talk: He’s Going To A Bachelor Party With Strippers

“Oh no!” My boyfriend started moaning. “This is not going to be a classy affair! Do I have to go?”

As far as invitations go, this one was direct: Montreal. Drinking. Strippers. Ah, yes, an invitation to a bachelor party from one of his high school buddies.

“He’s one of your best friends,” I shrugged. “It would hurt his feelings if you bailed.”

“But it’s going to be awwwwwwwful!”

And that’s how I found myself in the rather odd position of a woman who has less of a problem with her guy going to a bachelor party than he does. Keep reading »

Sex With Susannah: I Have Zero Libido!

I am a 25-year-old in my first long-term relationship. We have been dating for nine months, and it is going swimmingly. He is smart, kind, and generous. Here’s the problem: I have zero libido. I mean zero. I don’t want sex, I get no pleasure out of having sex (nor out of masturbation), and I certainly can’t orgasm. However, I WANT to want sex and enjoy it (duh!). This is causing relationship problems — he is frustrated that he can’t get me off, and I am frustrated that I can’t get off (not to mention worried about what the hell is wrong with me). I have never had sexual responses with anyone, including myself, so this definitely isn’t his fault, although he feels like it is. The doctor tells me it’s in my head. The sex therapist tells me that if I haven’t been abused, my problem must not be real (thank god I have not, although I maintain that my problem is real). There are no other sex therapists in my town, and most books seem directed at post-menopausal libido loss. What can I do?! I am frustrated and stressed about this (which I’m sure doesn’t help), but I need help. – Love’s Libido Lost

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You Met Him Where?

Despite the old-fashioned concept that dating and work don’t mix, plenty of women have met their man at work. From restaurants to meat processing plants, you never know when your next job will land you a date. For other women, attending wrestling events, online gaming events, and shopping at the grocery store all resulted in unusual encounters, some which progressed into meaningful relationships. Think twice about going out without putting yourself together, because you never know who you’ll meet.
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3 Big Things To Avoid On Valentine’s Day

Over at the Daily Mail today, there’s an, um, interesting article about what you should and shouldn’t wear if you want to get lucky with your date on Valentine’s Day. The writer, you see, has been schooled by plenty o’ men and has learned designer duds and super high heels scream “high maintenance” to all men and will guarantee you’ll be spending the night alone. Find out what she says to avoid, as well as my suggestions, after the jump … Keep reading »

What To Do When Your Boyfriend Lives At Home

Every week, the gentlemen over at GuySpeak answer questions from women the only way they know how: in guy style. Then they handpick some of their favorites and send them over to us to answer (read: fix) them in girl style. We call it GuySpeak/GirlSpeak. This week — what do you do with a boyfriend who’s wonderful but still lives at home?

I’m dating a man who’s absolutely perfect for me: hilarious, honest, hard-working, and treats me wonderfully. I’m very happy with him. One problem: he lives with his parents (age 28 and pays rent). He talks about moving out but hasn’t. What’s the deal?

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Love Vandal: Sweetness Among The Rubbish

Reader Lisa took this photo on a trip to Thailand:

“It was my first day in Bangkok, and I was riding a boat down the city’s major river, thinking about the strange new world I was in and how tired I was and about. Being from Canada where we are so anal about keeping our lakes and river pristine, I was shocked by the pollution and the poverty that surrounded me. About halfway through my river cruise, I looked up and saw the words ‘I love you’ spray painted on a wall, and 1500 pictures later, this is still my favorite from this adventure!”

Have you seen graffiti that’s kind of sweet (even if it is against the law)? Send your pic to tips@thefrisky.com. Keep reading »

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