Category Archives: Relationships

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

World Of Warcraft Can Change Your Sex Life

Do the gamers have game? What’s behind the avatar? Can an Undead Warlock ever get along with a Gnome Warrior? Nerve.com got down and dirty with a handful of World of Warcraft players to find out what’s up in their bedroom and in Azeroth. We’ve got the highlights … Keep reading »

Em & Lo’s 10 Most Memorable Moments From “SEX: How To Do Everything”

Sex and relationships writers Em & Lo (those sexy broads above!) recently hosted the 10-episode U.K. television show “SEX: How to Do Everything,” which is now finally available in the States on DVD! Just check out the trailer above! The series is chock-full of tips, on-the-street and in-studio interviews, fun segments like the Central Park confessional booth and the Times Square 5-cent advice booth, and how-to demonstrations from various models illustrating a variety of different techniques, from the ordinary to the super-scandalous. So we asked Em & Lo to list the 10 most memorable moments from the show Keep reading »

20 Things No One Wants To Hear On Valentine’s Day

Hey, have you heard? Valentine’s Day is coming up! On top of worrying about what to give your date — if indeed you have one — there’s also anxiety about saying the wrong thing. What if you let the “L-word” slip and it’s only your second date? What if you get so caught up in the excitement, you accidentally call him by the wrong name? After the jump, 20 other things that are bound to be real mood-busters if you or your date say them. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Is Canceling The New Black?

A couple of strange things have happened on my way to adulthood. Perhaps the biggest: that my days of impromptu diner eggs with friends at 4 a.m. have faded into official coffee and drink dates. No longer can I meet my bestie up on the roof that connected our Brooklyn brownstones. Now if I want to see her, we make a plan at least a week in advance. I’ve (gasp!) started keeping an Outlook calendar. Turns out that it takes a little official planning to keep track of a grown-up life.

Even stranger, I’ve started adding question marks at the end of my appointments. Coffee with Sarah? Supposedly, but she always ends up canceling. A drink with Paul? I’ll believe it when I see it. It’s gotten to the point where I will sometimes double-book, knowing that the chances of one of my friends ditching is almost guaranteed. Is it just me, or have social conventions changed around how comfortable people feel canceling on one another? Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “I’m Jealous Of My Boyfriend’s Salary”

My boyfriend and I have been together for a year now. We went to the same school, majored in the same field, graduated together, and thus have similar levels of expertise in our chosen careers. After college, I took a low-paying job at a small company with a high-level of prestige in the hopes of building a portfolio, gaining experience, making contacts, and starting my career with the respect of my peers. I have been at this same company for nearly three years without a single raise or substantial bonus while being told that I’m the “best employee” they’ve ever had. Ever since I took the job, I’ve been told by former classmates and others in the community how lucky I am to do such great work for such a prestigious company. However, the median yearly income for my profession is $15,000 more than what I make. My boyfriend, on the other hand, took an average-paying job at a large niche company. He has also been there for nearly three years and has been given stocks, bonuses, and very recently, a significant raise. My boyfriend now makes $20,000 more than I do. I’ve been trying to ignore these intense feelings of jealousy, but am losing the fight. I feel as though what I do at my job is important and the respect I’ve gained from others while doing it is priceless. But I do not make enough money to support myself (I am lucky enough to live with family), and the fact that I make so much less than my boyfriend is starting to take a big toll on my self-esteem and our relationship. — Underpaid

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8 Mistakes To Avoid This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and whether you’re a fabulous single, newly-coupled, an old married, or nursing a recent heartbreak, there are a few common mistakes you should be aware of. After the jump, check out the 8 mistakes you need to avoid to make this Valentine’s Day better than ever (or at least not as terrible as it could be). Keep reading »

Happy Valentine’s Day From Desmond To Penny

Reader thehighandlow made this “Lost”-themed Valentine’s Day card, and we thought it was so cute (we heart Desmond and Penny) that we had to share it. Keep reading »

The Valentine’s Day Survival Guide For Single Chicks

Sometimes it seems like you’re screwed on Valentine’s Day, whether you have a significant other or not. If you’re in a relationship, Hallmark et al. are breathing down your coupled throat, putting on the subliminal pressure to do something meaningful and romantic with your special someone. If you’re single, everyone is expecting you to break down and hide in a corner screaming, “Why me?!” while shaking your fists to the heavens. Can’t we just cross the damn thing off the calendar? No. Not an option.

Now let’s say, hypothetically, for the sake of this discussion, that you are an awesome single chick who begrudgingly acknowledges that V-Day is not going away. How do you live through it? The first thing you do is rejoice in the fact that you don’t have to try to figure out what new Apple gadget to get your boyfriend since you are morally opposed to buying him something called an iPad. Even better, you feel relieved knowing that you don’t have to pretend to be excited when he gets you a box of Whitman’s chocolates from Walgreens and forgets a card. See … isn’t this great? And do you know what is even greater? The fact that you are a strong, independent, happy woman who feels totally content and at peace with being single. Phew. Glad you finally got to that place. So, instead of throwing a pity party for one (that’s so high school), think about this: Valentine’s Day is a day to reflect upon and celebrate the love in your life. The truth is that lots of different people, places, and things fulfill our love quota — not just a significant other. Love is everywhere. (I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s true.) Rather than whine about the love you don’t have, celebrate and expand the love you do have. After the jump, some ideas for surviving Valentine’s Day … single-style. Keep reading »

Dating Don’ts: How To Make Sure Your Apartment Isn’t A Boner Killer

You know how experts claim that most couples fight over sex or money? Not in my tiny apartment, which I share with a 6’5” dude and two cats. What we fight over is décor.

If he were in charge of our home, everything would be bright, white, and utilitarian. There’d be no blood-red living room, featuring Ganesh and Jesus duking it out for wall space. No piles of books and no throw pillows (he especially hates the latter).

But because real estate in New York is insane and my apartment is cheap, my man moved into mine, which (I believe) negates his right to complain because he knew what he was getting into. He would disagree, but I already told you this was our biggest bone of contention. Keep reading »

What’s The Worst Valentine’s Day Gift You’ve Ever Received?

Holidays like Valentine’s Day are a good opportunity to see how well your partner knows you. Did he wrap up a necklace that was just your style, or throw together a bunch of things he picked up at the drugstore? We asked readers to tell us the worst Valentine’s Day gift they ever received. (Sign up for our Do Tell newsletter to answer our next reader question!) In most cases, the relationship didn’t last if the gift was all wrong, so take note of what your honey gives you next weekend. Keep reading »

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