Category Archives: Relationships

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Dating Don’ts: Nine Types Of Guys To Get Over Immediately

Everybody has a “type.” Personally, I like a man with a big schnozz — bonus points if he’s got a collection of acne scars a lá Tommy Lee Jones. My pal Annie likes preppy men — but only after they’ve gone to seed and become a little bloated in the process. Suzanne has a weakness for thin Japanese guys who like indie rock music, while Maddy adores bike messengers of all shapes and sizes.

But there are certain types of guys who should be nobody‘s type. These guys are distinguished by one thing — an overabundance of one or more very bad qualities. Your guide to boys to avoid, after the jump… Keep reading »

How To Get Over Restless Life Syndrome

There was a period in my early twenties, not too long after college graduation, and even sooner after the painful break-up of my first real relationship, that I hopscotched through a series of dead-end jobs (seven in four months!), dated recklessly, and pumped my body with substances I wouldn’t clean a carburetor with these days. Then, one day, perusing the self-help aisle in Borders, I came across a book on the “quarterlife crisis.” I picked it up, found a comfy chair in the back of the store, and skimmed enough pages to understand there was a name for what I was going through, a phase, and it was just a matter of time before I’d move past it. Keep reading »

Love Vandal: Love Among Old Gum

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Dealbreaker: The Bad Wedding Date

The next best thing to having your own wedding is getting invited to one by your boyfriend. There’s something about a man who wants you on his arm at a celebration of love — with the added lubricant of an open bar. So when my boyfriend Mike asked me to be his date to his friend’s big day, I was so excited I nearly went into debt over a pricey cheese plate present and a new dress with matching lingerie — not that I planned on keeping it all on that night. Keep reading »

Girl Talk Gets A Bad Rap

Why didn’t he call? What did I do wrong? Do you think he likes me? If I had a nickel for every time I asked my BFF these questions, I’d be rich. While I may pointlessly fritter away my imaginary nickels on high-heels, it turns out that I’ve definitely been wasting my energy and time, not just the money I’ve spent, on the wrong lovers. According to an article in The New York Times by Sarah Kershaw, “Girl Talk Has Its Limits,” constantly looking for a sympathetic ear may be sabotaging your relationships. While getting validation for your vagina troubles can be comforting, stewing in your confusion with your girly support group may do more harm than good. Apparently, psychologists have concluded that over-analyzing situations can be a recipe for cyclical negative thinking and even increase anxiety, especially in teen girls. Rather than formulating plans of action or simply living in the moment, chewing on every morsel of your relationship with your girlfriends cooks all the little bits into juicy gossip. While your bitches may give you the emotional band-aid you’re looking for, placing that much social significance on each twist and turn in a tawdry affair can suck the fun right out of all that sucking face. Not to mention, technology has made “co-rumination” as instantaneously easy as an email, phone call, or text message. Nowadays, you can chitchat mid-rendezvous like a sports announcer calling the shots at a match. Granted, love is a game we’re all playing, so clearly labeling relationship reflection as merely “girl talk” definitely has its sexist problems. After all, you know, men smack-talk it up, too! Alas, the researchers claim that when guys open up to each other, albeit less frequently, it actually helps their romance. So, somehow, our need to constantly communicate with our gal pals has created a glass ceiling for love. Ugh! Well, ceilings need vents, dammit. [Scarleteen] Keep reading »

For The Week Of September 15-21, 2008

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

The ax will fall and your patience ends. Whatever new or old piece you’ve been cozying up with will start to lose his luster as reality seeps in. Where your mood will go, god only knows. The situation: a 50/50 chance of taking on a challenge to make the spectacular happen or an all out agony that’ll have you screaming for mercy.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Excuses come pouring in, trying to incite some sort of sympathy from you and although you’ll want to give whomever this head-case is the benefit of the doubt, your instincts will be tugging at you to think again. No matter what you do, don’t question yourself. Your inner voice will be on point — not only in straightening out your love life, but boosting your career too.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Control is your drug. Try all you want, but if you don’t try to detox from it, the more frustrating your life will get. Understand this isn’t your time to be in the driver’s seat anyway. Get your ass into the passenger’s side and enjoy the scenic views of your life that are happening now. Otherwise, if you don’t appreciate what you’ve got, you will get no more.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

You’ve never been one to follow rules, except to break them. So, as you seem to sink deeper into a situation you know is wrong for you, use all your discipline you can muster up and pull out while you can. If it’s meant to happen, he’ll need to come after you with a grand gesture of love. However, don’t hold out for a miracle.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Whatever you don’t have the guts to say on purpose will somehow fly out of you mouth and really get the action happening in your current state of affairs. When it happens, the skies will open, the sun will be throwing rays of light at your feet and angels from up above will start strumming their harps. To say the least, hoorah!

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Second guessing yourself is a drag. Even if you screw up, making decisions with conviction is hot. So, whatever you have put out there in the ether, accept it, stand by it, and take pride in it. Even if you do have some uncertainty about it, trust that destiny has your back and will lead you onto the right path. After all, when did, “Ummm…I don’t know?” ever sound sexy?

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Being agreeable doesn’t make you more likable. If you don’t feel confidant to say what you really think, feel and need to that special someone, it’s a red flag. Comfort is key to a healthy relationship — however, all is not lost. To dive right in, reveal a skeleton in your closet. If that doesn’t make him see you differently, then perhaps it’s time to see him differently.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Old habits die hard, and thankfully for you, you love big doses of drama. Not to say it’d be easier, but it’d be more effective to dump one of your nasty routines now and start turning over a new leaf of some sort. Trust that although you might love your pesky little problem, it’s a crutch you’ve outgrown.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

We don’t live in a perfect world. Although it’s nice to think you can be friends with someone after doing the nasty and tried to get it on emotionally with, think again. After all, if it can’t be cool after something as intimate as sex, do you really that friendship would be worth it? Spare your efforts for something more productive, like watching TV.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

It’s a dog eat dog world out there and you have to use everything you’ve got to get ahead. This week, it’s your show-stopping ways of taking over a scene and making it your own. Worshipers will be out in droves to coo at your feet. Feel free to enjoy the NSA excess, as you’ll also need to pump up your ego for a blast from your past heading your way…

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Your romantic nature is pure sweetness, but no one is going catch your vibe through osmosis. Of course, if you take the reins and set the ball in motion with your latest catch by setting up the dates you want and starting the conversations you want, you’ll get what you wish. Seriously, just because you have to be the top won’t make it any less magical.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Life gets great as your sex life make a sharp turn to the left and introduces you to a whole new world of turn-ons that has you realizing you’re way kinkier and skilled than you knew. Cash in your personal days, invite people to join in, throw all the caution to the wind, etc. To say the least, epiphanies will be happening and sexual awakenings will rock your world.

The Frisky TV: What’s The Most Irritating Thing A Person Can Do On The First Date?

Personally, I think the most annoying thing a person can do on the first date is talk about money. I also think that’s the most annoying thing a person can do on the 59th date, but that’s just me. We asked tons of peeps on the street for the most annoying thing they’ve encountered on a date and DANG am I glad I haven’t dated any of the people they’ve come across. Keep reading »

Conservative Vs. Liberal Men: Who’s The Better Date?

Right Wing News, a conservative political blog, interviewed six women who’ve dated both liberals and conservative men and asked them about their differences. The overall majority seemed to think liberal men were whiny and arrogant. One woman said, “Liberals were always happy to suggest we split the check; it must be some Clintonian socialist entitlement. They also tend to own clothing displaying their irrational fear of Dick Cheney, and/or love for Che Guevara. They are the shaggy haired, greasy hipster types you find loitering in the Apple Store.” I laughed out loud at this because I totally know what kind of dude she’s talking about and his name is My Brother. Anyway, this series of interviews amused me and got me thinking about the real differences between conservative guys and liberal guys, if you try and take away your own personal bias and disagreements on “the issues”. Keep reading »

Cheated: When The Girlfriend & The Other Woman Meet

I’ve had a lot of practice at telling women that their boyfriends are cheating on them with me.

Sometimes it feels as if I’m a military representative knocking on the door of a newly widowed army wife. “Hello, my name is Lena. You don’t know me but I’m a friend of your husband’s. There’s something I have to tell you. You might want to sit down for this.” And then without me having to even say a word, she can already surmise that something is terribly wrong. The man she loves is dead, or at least, her relationship is. Keep reading » Will Solve Your Relationship’s Biggest Arguments!

When I heard about, I was instantly psyched — a website where you can lay out your side of an argument and then have your foe argue theirs, the winner to be decided by a jury of anonymous readers on the internet? Sweet! For starters, using the site as a reader is hilarious. Currently, these five arguments jumped out at me:

1. Is My Boyfriend Calling Another Girl (Who’s Cute) Considered Cheating?
2. A Couple Is Not On Same Page When It Comes To Having Sex — Who’s To Blame?
3. She Dumped Me Because I Played A Prank On Her — Was She Over-Reacting?
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