Category Archives: Relationships

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Dealbreaker: The Thief

As a broke, 27-year-old graduate student slowly recovering from a messy break up, I posted a profile on OkCupid in hopes of meeting a guy who did his own laundry and didn’t kill animals. Despite my Baptist parents’ and grandparents’ longstanding encouragement to find a God-fearing gentleman, my standard was slightly lower. A man who was more or less moral would do. Keep reading »

Love It Or Leave It: Wendy Williams Has No Use For Guy Besties

Here’s where Wendy Williams, host of GSN’s new show “Love Triangle,” and I differ: she says she has no use for men as friends unless “we’re making money together.” I, on the other hand, love having guys as friends, especially when they share my interest in TV shows featuring incestuous sex and slaughter (“Game of Thrones”), Italian pork products, and generalizing about the genders. Perhaps Wendy would feel the same if her best guy friend was John DeVore. Be sure to watch “Love Triangle” weeknights at 7:00 p.m. EST /6:00 p.m. CST on the Game Show Network. [Love It Or Leave It] Keep reading »

Dear Wendy Updates: “Almost Ex Friend” Responds

It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from “Almost Ex Friend,” whose best friend of almost 20 years had been fading out of her life. Still, they remained on the same sports league, so avoiding each other completely was out of the question. After the jump, find out how she and the friendship are doing today. Keep reading »

Sage Sex Advice From John Waters

Copy that, John Waters. Reading is sexy. Books are like an aphrodisiac to me. I don’t think I would even be able to do it with a guy who didn’t have books. [Rachel Profiling] Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Dr. Peggy Drexler, Author Of “Our Fathers, Ourselves” About Women And Their Dads

Confession: I’m a bit of a daddy’s girl. My dad has always made me feel protected and loved, even if he hasn’t always verbalized it the way my mom does. In the back of my mind, I’m always comparing how well the men I date treat me with how well my father treats me.

But Dad also does some confusing stuff, too. When I got dumped over the phone a few months ago, I was at my parents’ house, and when I started crying, my dad yelled at me and told me to stop making such a big deal out of things. I was, like, “Ummm, what? I just got dumped.” Why was the sweet guy who mailed me Snoopy cartoons yelling at me to stop crying when I just got my heart broken?

Then I read Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers, and the Changing American Family, by Dr. Peggy Drexler. Based on her interviews with 70 women, ages 20 through 40, she explores the relationships of fathers and their adult daughters: why grown women seek their fathers’ approval; why some of us are still a “daddy’s girl” even in adulthood; and whether we date/marry men “just like our fathers,” as the rumor goes. I also learned that my father’s reaction to my post-breakup behavior — hysterical crying, snot everywhere — was not at all uncommon. Fathers understandably feel powerless when their child is in pain (the same goes for mothers, too) and sometimes their knee-jerk reaction is to make the child stop showing how hurt they are. My dad was just being … a dad.

Dr. Drexler — who (unrelated but interesting) is married to the CEO of J.Crew, Mickey Drexler! — very kindly responded to several questions of mine about Our Fathers, Ourselves for The Frisky. Learn more about your relationship with your father after the jump! Keep reading »

For The Week Of May 16-22, 2011

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

A crazy new opportunity is coming for you via your honey, which may mean making a major life-changing decision that takes you out of your comfort zone and on to a new adventure that can have many questions without answers. Of course, nothing is ever guaranteed anyway, so it’s just about deciding how adventurous and, possibly, how in love you truly are.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Everybody loves secrets, especially if there is an edge of danger to follow. However, when you finally reach your limit with being kept in the dark, time to work that sexy sleuth in you and follow up on your suspicions. Yes, whatever they are, dive in fully, as your commitment to discovering the answers is the only way of making them appear.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

This week could mark a major turning point in your life when communications and emotions start falling into a place, making you feel stronger, more stable and saner than ever! Yes, all those crazy hunches you’ve been having will finally start to show their validity and for that, it’ll mean being able to rest your head on a solid piece of truth and know happy endings can come true.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

What this week lacks in passion will be made up for in reassurance. Yes, the intensity may cool now, but it won’t die out. Instead, think of this time as a period of transformation and integration, as joining forces with another will need to have its logistics figured out. This is the time when that process will truly kick into gear.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

This isn’t your time to hide away, but instead prance around town and show off the latest piece on your arm. While it might just be superficial and frivolous, who cares? Showing off is fun and never gets old. Sure, it might give others watching the wrong message, but whatever, sometimes jealousy is the inspiration people need to get into action.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

There will be certain events that occur this week that will put you in a prime position of power. However, despite how invincible you feel, it seems your family can bring you down a few notches instantly. So, be careful of what and whom you bring around now, as judgment day is upon you and not everyone is willing to be so nice.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Your brain will be working overtime and can lead you to some paranoid delusions or hair-raising interpretations. Which side of the fence your mind wanders off to will be due to the work that you have already done or haven’t done on yourself. Either or, take it for what it’s worth and talk out whatever your experience is, as within the insanity are nuggets of cathartic gold.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

You are about to win a major point in your latest battle, but heavy is the head that wears the crown. Yes, although power might be in the palm of your hands now, how you wield it may prove to be trickier than gaining it. However, trust what makes you feel right, even if it ultimately means having to take on a big change you’ve been dreading.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

You can’t do any wrong right now, so let it all out in terms of emotional confessions, freaky turn-ons and any other twisted idea you can come up with. The party is just beginning for you and the world is slowly falling to its knees to follow your lead. So, don’t be shy. This is your time to set it all straight and get what you truly desire, all on your terms!

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

You may be bored out of your mind, thinking you’ve explored every curiosity you can and wondering what can possibly excite you longer than five seconds. Well, in comes this week, with someone or something so bizarre that even you can’t wrap your brain around it. Yet, you’ll need to wrap your body around it — and why not? Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Friends are your best assets in having a good time and getting you laid this week, so don’t wait for the invites. Initiate by calling them up, making plans and sharing your thoughts on what’s hot. While connection might not be what you first expect from those you meet now, don’t make snap judgments, as being too defensive won’t win you any XXX favors now.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

You have every right to have a certain level of standards, but you also have to understand that not everyone can keep up with you 24-7. As it goes, life has its up and downs and you can’t always be in sync with that other person. So, spare some compassion and realize nurturing, not nagging, can eventually get you what you want.

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