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Would You Admit To Researchers That You’ve Cheated?

Women are still working on closing the wage gap, but we’re coming closer to our male counterparts in other areas. A New York Times article discussing infidelity says younger women are cheating on their spouses nearly as often as men, and even newer marriages aren’t immune. Researchers found that 20 percent of men and 15 percent of women under 35 admitted to being unfaithful. What’s interesting is that they don’t know whether women are actually cheating more, or if we’ve always done so but are finally fessing up to our infidelities. Would you be honest about being an honest women if a researcher asked you whether you’ve cheated? [NY Times] Keep reading »

Nine Negative Effects Of Dating Locally

Before I left Chicago last fall and moved in with my long-distance boyfriend in New York, I thought a lot about all the benefits such a lifestyle change could create. I fantasized about Sunday mornings with my boyfriend when neither of us would have to worry about rushing off to catch a flight. I thought about mundane weekday evenings, too, making dinner and hanging out after work, something we’d never experienced together before. And I thought about the career opportunities, culture, and new friendships, not to mention fabulous shopping that awaited me in the world’s finest city. What I didn’t think about, however, was the benefit my move would have on the environment, something a recent article on Slate suggests all LDR couples should consider.

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Dealbreaker: Dating Below Your Class

There was a banging at the door as Brian* flushed the toilet. I was sitting on the couch of his mother’s townhouse, where he lived with her and his half-brother. Brian emerged from the bathroom and opened the front door to reveal a mangy-looking man walking away from the stoop. “I’m calling the police!” Brian’s mother yelled from upstairs. Keep reading »

Poll: Would You Stay In A Sexless Relationship?

Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s divorce is playing out on the pages of newspapers around the world, so we’ve been privy to information that most married couples keep to themselves, namely how much they have sex. Last week it was rumored that Madonna was always too tired for sex because she works out so hard-core. Supposedly the two hadn’t done much in the bedroom for some 18 months. According to psychologist, life coach, and sex expert Dr. Pam Spurr, sexless marriages are pretty normal. According to a survey of more than 400 people that Spurr did for her book Sizzling Sex: The Sex Doctor’s 250 Hottest Tip, Trips, and Techniques, 90 percent hadn’t tried anything new sexually since their first year of marriage. Nature might be the cause of the sexual stagnation, because research into the biochemistry of attraction has found that our ancestors procreated furiously for the first six to 12 months after meeting. Generally a pregnancy would occur, and then sexual activity would drop off for a period during child-rearing. But perhaps there is hope. Another celebrity couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, keep proving with every baby that sex can still happen, even after a couple years together, as long as you are the most beautiful people in the world. [The Times, U.K.] Keep reading »

For The Week Of October 27-November 2, 2008

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

A burst of passion is going to be ringing in your ears as confessions spring out from nowhere from your latest boy toy. Luckily, you’ve been paying no attention to the matters at hand, so this approach will be somewhat new and exciting as you can revel in the power and love dangling your love at the end of the carrot for this besotted lover begging at your feet.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Money and love can come in the same package, if you play your cards right. All it takes is to stop thinking modestly, thinking you can only have one or the other. All is possible, but it’ll mean no more excuses for yourself and your beloved. Crack the whip and turn the page on the next chapter, the one where being happily every after is non-negotiable.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

A powerful dose of optimism is coming your way and gone will be the self-defeating thoughts that have been plaguing your mind and blurring your outlook. Whatever struggles you’ve been trying to wrestle down will no longer be as severe. Just note though, this glimmer of hope can come in many forms — as in tall, hot and sexy or boyish, cute and sweet.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

A startling connection with someone can spur at a moment’s notice, making you feel as if destiny is swooping in and guiding your life. If you think things are too good to be true, love it instead of spending one second to analyze, because you’ll only sabotage yourself. Not to say you should be blind to what’s happening, just open.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Working together with your boo is one of the things that can seal the deal even further, as your best comes out when you get to play boss lady. To bring on an everyone wins situation, sign the both of you up for volunteer work or head-up an activity that can test your teamwork skills. Not to say it’ll be a make or break sitch, but more like added enticement if it works out.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Subtle hinting isn’t working. If you want to get ahead, it’ll mean turning up your ruthless bitch and making your points. Yes, time to lay it all on the line and make your demands. If you don’t get what you want, walk away. There is no room for negotiations, only sorting out black and white options. It’s success or bust!

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

You know the areas in your life that drain your energy. Now, it’s time to stop the leaks and patch yourself back up to full working order. The most effective way to do this would be to pack up your bags and get away from your current life, as only a dose of escape will do the trick. If that isn’t possible, start plotting a getaway pronto.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

When you say you don’t really care, that means you can walk away and never think twice. However, if you say one thing and then find yourself Googling his name late at night and getting jealous over his Facebook pics, then you really need to start getting honest with yourself and see that maybe you aren’t being as truthful as you claim.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Sex is a statement and the one you’ll be feeling this week is, “I’m so effing into you, my balls are going to explode.” Yes, you win the award for the hottest aspects this week. While this means being behind close doors and senselessly professing your affections, feel free to come out and rub it in everyone’s face too. They’ll be others that’ll need to vicariously live through you.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Consider you self spoken for after the 28th, as the chances to turn into someone’s sex slave is high. While this isn’t the normal situation you’d like to find yourself, it’ll trigger you into a cathartic journey of confronting your darkest demons too. Luckily, all will give into the lighter side by the week’s end, leaving everyone to come a happy camper.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Holding back your desires is pointless. If you want it, there is nothing wrong with going after it, as you have nothing to lose. Sure, you may suffer from a little humiliation here and there, but it all builds character and at the end of the day, that is what will magnetize the right one to you. Think of it all as foreplay for love.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Time to make the next step, invite your latest plaything into your home and see what comes of it. Will he ease into your comfort zone or will you confirm that inviting a vampire into your house is as deadly as it gets? Whatever the case, taking in some private time on your turf will prove to be transforming and hopefully in a positive way.

Poll: Is This A Stupid Idea?

New Yorker Amy Borkowsky is trying to raise $3 million so she can buy a 30-second ad during this year’s Super Bowl, which she will use to try to find a husband. “Dating is a numbers game,” she said. “I need to reach a large pool of guys.” So far she has only raised $1,121, and a spokesperson for NBC said there are fewer than eight ad spots left for the Feb. 1 game. If Borkowsky does raise the money, do you think this is a genius idea, or has the woman lost her mind? Check her fundraising progress at Keep reading »

Ask The Astrosexologist: My Gemini Fiance Has A Secret Gay Porn Stash!

“I am so confused, lost and upset. I just found a stash of gay porn in my fiancé’s car trunk. We are set to get married in December this year. What should I do? How do I confront him? I’m a Libra and you know we hate fighting. Anyway, I don’t suspect my Gemini boyfriend could be gay, but who knows.” — Dating A Dandy? Keep reading »

Dating Don’ts: The Four Types Of Guys On TV To Avoid

Don’t you just hate the type of person who smugly informs you, “I don’t watch TV,” like that’s something to be proud of? They think they’re so great with all their fancy book learning. What they don’t realize is that TV isn’t for dummies—there’s tons of educational programming available—you just need to know what to watch. I mean, you can learn your ABC’s with “Sesame Street”’s Grover, how to make gnocchi with Mario Batali, and the ins and outs of prettying up your home with any number of programs on HGTV.

Television is also a great romance resource. Think of all the great TV twosomes we’ve seen over the years—Lucy & Ricky Ricardo, Judy Jane & George Jetson, Speidi…but not all TV personalities set such a sincerely loving example. It’s also a good place to learn which type of guy you should avoid. A few examples, after the jump… Keep reading »

Divorce: Reading The Sign(s)

So many men, so little time. Well, at least that’s a divorce lawyer’s motto. Corri Fetman, who handles Chicago’s romantic splits, has put up a billboard even more controversial than a pre-nup. Sandwiched between two half-naked models, the tag line reads, “Life is short. Get a divorce.” While some hopeless romantics in town find the billboard offensive, Fetman, an arguing professional, defends herself, saying, “Just because you see a billboard with a hot body on it, it doesn’t cause you to leave your spouse… If you’re already going to leave your spouse, the ad will appeal to you.” Yeah, if a billboard can break your marriage up, that’s probably a big enough sign that you should get a divorce. [Trend Hunter]

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Love Vandal: Love Is A Construction Site, Not A Battlefield

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