I recently read Jeff Mac’s very funny book, Manslations (Sourcebooks), which is basically a phrase book for ladies to help us decipher the Language of Lads. It’s certainly a time-saver for those of us used to spending hours IM’ing our friends, dissecting last night’s date’s behavior.
But the fact is, men aren’t the only ones who say one thing and mean another . . . some miscommunications transcend gender lines. Here are eight… Keep reading »
Are you a sex machine? A bag lady? A perpetual second-place finalist? According to a new book called Ms. Typed, you just might be. Author Dr. Michelle Callahan was on the “Today Show” yesterday morning promoting the book, which offers advice based women’s dating personalities. In this clip, she explains how you can identify your type and what you can do to overcome some of your destructive dating habits. I wonder if there’s a type called “Doesn’t really want to watch televised sports” because, honestly, that’s, like, a recurring issue in ever relationship I’ve ever had.
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Askmen.com recently published a cute, albeit, standard little ditty about hitting on chicks at your high school reunion. The writer thought celebrating the passing years since high school graduation was a perfect opportunity to play catch up and score with all the ladies you wanted to but (because you were a pimple-infested, dork-virgin) never did.
Fair enough, but this had us thinking: What places should you absolutely under no circumstances (well … never say never …) try to get laid? Keep reading »
We’re supposed to abandon our childish ways as we age, but right now I want to be selfish. Recently, I learned that my stepmother’s sister is getting remarried at 54. She’s going all out — wearing a white dress, recruiting bridesmaids, and won’t spend nights with her fiance until they’re wed. Oh, and she wants my father to give her away. Keep reading »
Writers often turn their relationships — failed and successful — into stories and novels. But they’re not the only creative types spinning exes into gold. Recently, a few visual and performance artists have used dating and breakups as a starting point for their work. At least some people are finding uses for their relationship failures. We can’t seem to figure out what to do with our brokenheart. Keep reading »
Britney Spears’ ex-sperm donor, Kevin Federline, has clearly got a type: blond chicks who suck down Starbucks coffee. But his new GF, Victoria Prince, can’t really be in it for the “star” factor. Maybe it’s his divorce settlement “bucks”? [Vancouver, 5/11/09] Keep reading »
I’m getting married in a little over two months, and though this is a happy, exciting time in my life, there’s a bittersweetness. It started when I moved to New York a year and a half ago to be with my boyfriend. Up until then, our relationship had been long-distance; he was in Manhattan, and I was in Chicago. Through daily phone calls and frequent trips back and forth, we fell in love while still maintaining solo lives in our respective cities. It was a unique experience to be in a fully committed relationship, but continue living the same single-girl life I’d known since my last serious relationship (minus all the unsuccessful dating, of course). When I wasn’t in New York or hosting my boyfriend in Chicago, my weekends were filled cultivating other relationships — those with my closest friends. Life was filled with wine-drenched, late-night talks, long bike rides along the lake, picnics in the park, afternoon shopping frenzies, potlucks, brunches, and impromptu sleep-overs — all with my single friends. Now that I’m fully immersed in “coupled life,” I realize I’ll probably never have friendships like those again.
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We’re all looking for ways to save money these days, and dating can be freakin’ expensive, especially when you’re paying your own way. There are plenty of cheap activity out there, but some of them are kind of lame*. After the jump, we consider your options. Keep reading »
For many of us, the rise in popularity of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter means we’re rubbing elbows with family members more often than for Sunday night dinner. Maybe it’s not so strange when it’s a cousin or sister whose lives we’re getting a unique, new peek into, but when our moms and dads start signing up, things have the potential to get awkward. Take, for example, the story of a 19-year-old girl who wrote to Slate’s resident advice columnist, Prudence, after she discovered that her 50-year-old mom had reconnected with an old boyfriend via Facebook. Keep reading »
While you’re more likely to hear women complain about their boyfriends and husbands never listening to them than the other way around, a recent poll discovered that men actually listen more carefully to others than women do. “The poll of 2,000 people found that more than one in five men reckon they always listen carefully to every word, and while less than one in five of women said the same.” Among the situations where women tend to tune out: listening to work colleagues (the average woman listens intently just 64% of the time), listening to their boss (women pick up just 2/3 of their boss’ communication), and listening to their partners (they catch 70% of those conversations). If women aren’t listening to their colleagues, bosses, or partners, what are they paying attention to? The poll says women give the most focus to gossip and eavesdropping! Don’t worry, though — “when it comes to talking to their best friend, women give their full attention to more than three quarters of what is spoken.” I’m guessing the 25% of the time women are tuning their best friends out is when the following is being discussed: their kids, how the wedding planning is going, or how, like, totally great their relationship is. Snooze-ville! [via Telegraph U.K.]
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