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Handle This: Nine Ways To Ditch A Bad Date

When “It’s just one drink” turns into “I would rather have a root canal than another martini with you”, it’s time to devise a plan to ditch your dead-end date — fast. While making a swift departure without coming off as a total jerk is tough, it is possible as long as you’ve got a well-formulated plan, says Yvonne Rice, former dating agency owner and author of Finding “The One”: A Powerful Step-by-Step Guide to Making Online Dating Work for You. “Because most people don’t take rejection well,” she explains, “not putting careful thought into how you’ll exit your bad date runs you the risk of sparking the ‘nasty’ in the date you’re ditching.” For Rice’s suggestions on how to escape a bad date with your reputation – and your date’s dignity – intact, read on… Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Levi Johnston Inks His Love For Bristol Palin

Nice tattoo, Levi! We know that will last, just like these inked celebrity couplings did! [Republican National Convention, 9/3/08] Keep reading »

The Monogamist: How To Win An Argument

I was so pissed off yesterday. My boyfriend (er, fiancé…but Amelia has already addressed why that’s the worst word ever) had to help some friends move. He called to tell me they were done and he’d be leaving in a half hour so we could hang out. Two hours later, I’m killing time watching reruns of Project Runway I’ve already seen and I’m starting to get a little mad. After my text of “Where the hell are you?” and his response, “Eating pizza” that was it.

Instead of exploding, I just got mega passive-aggressive. I work from home. It’s me and the dog all day long, so on the days when people who have real jobs don’t have to be at work, I get excited by the prospect of actual two-sided conversation. But rather than explaining that, I just ignored him when he finally showed up. Which, I’ll admit, it immature and not at all proactive, but it’s like I couldn’t stop myself. I was too annoyed to be rational and I figured that if I was going to feel isolated, so was he. Finally, I yelled. And he yelled back. Then split to take the dog for an hour-long walk. When he got back, we weren’t speaking. Keep reading »

Dating Don’ts: How To Tell If He’s Taken

Back when our moms were on the market, they could tell right off the bat if the foxy soda jerk was unavailable because back then married men never went anywhere without their rings. Not that a band of gold would necessarily keep a cad from straying (see also, Mad Men’s Don Draper), but at least a lady could make an informed decision about whether or not she wanted to wander into “other woman” territory.

Nowadays, it’s not so easy to tell who’s taken. Lots of married men don’t bother with rings and loads more just live with their significant others in a slightly more informal (though generally no less committed) cohabitation situation. I’ll spare you the moralizing, but I’m here to tell you that being someone’s girl on the side is a sucker’s game. Keep reading »

The Boyfriend Syndrome Explained

“I like you.”

The last time a boy told me that, we were on our third date. We were sitting on stools at the bar facing each other, he leaned in to kiss me, and then made the most adorable, bashful face I’d ever seen. “Peter is so my boyfriend,” I thought, and commended myself on being so awesome.

It was clear, wasn’t it? He’d already started using terms of endearment (“kiddo,” “my girl,” “cutie”), made intense eye contact during sex (and insisted on cuddling afterward), and referenced events way down the road that he said, “we should go to.” We.

Then, it was if a light switch went off in his brain. By week four, he was done. And not because anything went wrong. He just lost interest. Keep reading »

The Clothes You Never Wear Are Hurting Your Relationship

Confession: I am a collector of things. I have a hard time parting with random people’s business cards, clothes I haven’t worn in years, and even pens. A new survey by classifieds website Kijiji.com found that 81 percent of couples view unused items lying around the house as a source of tension in their relationships. In the survey, 27 percent of men and 17 percent of women say their partner’s clothes and fashion items cause the greatest conflict. I suppose this is as good a reason as any to clean out the ole closet. Keep reading »

Love Vandal: Camping Brings Out The Desecrator In All Of Us

[Photo: Our Emily]

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

For The Week Of September 1-7, 2008

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Life is a big pain in the ass. Just when you hit your groove, fate swoops in and gives you something else to ponder. What to do? What to do? Break routines and shake it up even more. No matter what curve ball comes your way, be the HBIC and turn your world on its back and do it like a pro.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Your tastes are impeccable, your attitude sublime and your stride infallible. There’s nothing out of your reach. So, as the object of your desires start to act as if he’s on crack, this means time to set things straight. Don’t let all your hard work go to waste, as it’s about to pay off. However, if you want that prize, it’ll mean claiming your trophy.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Unexpected good news arrives, making your head spin and your body juicy with delight. Chances though it won’t be love related, but it won’t matter. Any hoorah that’ll tingle you in places you haven’t been dazzled in ages will be all you need. Use this deluge of good cheer to raise your momentum in those other areas of life lacking gusto; it’ll be your Spanish Fly.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

A sudden rage of attraction hits, but it’ll be a friend or someone close to a friend that’ll be your target. With too much on the line, it’ll mean having to be a bit more pragmatic than your usual hurried humping ways. This could mean letting time pass to see how you truly feel, as perhaps this could be a horny haze, or actually feeling it out before mounting.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Getting ahead will be consuming your life, leaving you no time to quell all your desires. Lucky for you, your two worlds will start to collide and something will heat up due to a work related venture. While it might not be the most monumental love affair or even one that goes beyond psychological, these days, you’ll have to take what you can get.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Your eccentricity is your hotness and the more you show it off, the hotter you’ll make some other quirky turkey shriek back with passionate fervor. It’s all about going your own way now and really not giving a f’ about what others say, think or feel about you. Ya, it’s a total cliché to say own yourself and feel the love, but seriously, this week it’ll actually get you some.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

If you want to play it fair, hold back your confessions, ideas, feelings and whatever else you have to give to that special someone. Time to give him the reins, let him open up to reveal something intense and show that he actually wants to invest something emotional in you. After all, when it comes to launching relationships, realize the all work and no play method is ineffectual.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Stop obsessing on whom you’re sleeping next to or whom you want to get on top of. Things of those nature shouldn’t be busting your brain right now, as it won’t bring any results anyway. Let it all go. Instead, focus on your own well-being, as in balancing yourself with all your other non-xxx vices. Peace of mind is the only thing that’ll feel good in-between the sheets for now.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Life will be flowing in an orderly fashion, so no worries for you to stress over. To take full advantage of this moment, let loose and let it go. Instead of lifting your finger, reach for the whip instead. Your honey is out to please and the faster you can thrash him into shape, the quicker you’ll be able to realize being you is magic — and he’ll also agree too.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Hold onto your patience, as it’ll get tested over and over this week, as you get emotionally flung throughout the psychological spectrum, making you aggravated and enchanted. Yes, expect to experience a little bit of everything that turns you on, off, and out, leaving you to feel (for better or worst) what you love best: curious.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

This won’t be one of those easy weeks, which will bode well for your love life, as in getting all those questions answered about your latest paramour. As you know, it’s only in major distress that you can see the true character of those around you. So, when sh*t hits the fan this week, know the first thing to kick into gear is the truth in your “relationship.”

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Your exhaustion will catch up to you, making your techno gadgets your best friends in getting off — as in dirty talk, pics, text, emails and whatever else you’ve got to digitize yourself with. After all, with an imagination as rich and as forceful as yours, who cares if you’re in your grubby period panties, worn out pjs and mud mask? It’s the thought that’ll count.

The Most Beautiful Wedding Gift In The World

There’s a part of me that sometimes gets a little cynical — it doesn’t help when the Guys On Our IM make me want to re-question my sexuality — but then I hear a little story like the one I’m about to tell, and my heart melts, I hear birds twittering, and a rainbow suddenly bursts across the sky. So, one of the guys who helps out on the technical side of The Frisky recently got married to his lovely girlfriend of many years. As a final present to show his appreciation and love for her, he gave her the nerdiest/most insanely romantic gift I have ever heard of. Being that he’s one of these tech guys who gets things about the Internet’s potential, he optimized the search term the most beautiful bride in the world — that way, when you type that exactly into Google.com search and click “I’m Feeling Lucky”, it takes you directly to a website he set up for his new wife. Seriously. Try it. But don’t get mad at your SEO because he’ll never come up with something as sweet and awesome.. Keep reading »

How To Dump Your Summer Fling

It’s become my understanding that “sex on the beach” is a cliché that leads to sand in bad places. However, sex and beach are both words that bring to mind the ultimate summer fling. Scantily clad bodies, sun, surf, outdoor bars, gleaming tans, it all makes for a lovely little fantasy. Unfortunately, fantasies often come to an end. Sorry kid, time to wake up from that dream. Fall is almost here! So how are you going to let your summer fling fade gently into the sunset? Here are my tips:

(WO)MAN UP: I don’t like people who ignore — they have absolutely no backbone and are cowards. Own up to what you’re doing. Make it clear that it is O-V-E-R. This was fun, but now it’s done. You don’t want to get stuck with a Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction: “I will not be IGNORED, Daniel!”
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