Relationships

Life After Dating: Loving A Grad Student Without Going Insane

By: Camille Guillot / December 16, 2014
"Be prepared for a breakup about three weeks from now." That was the relationship advice I got from a girl in her second year of my boyfriend's graduate program, just before he started the first semester of his MFA in creative writing. She had reason to be cynical: grad school means a convoluted class schedule,… More »

4 Stupid Ways Everyone Deals With Breakups

By: Cracked / December 15, 2014
Ahh, l'amour. Or, as the French call it, "le humpy jumpy." It's a funny thing us humans do to each other, getting all stupid in love with one another, touching tongues, watching Jennifer Aniston films, and feeling this intense longing for the presence of someone else in a way that curiously wanes over time and… More »

My New Reason For Living: “Dear Sugar” Is Back — As A Podcast

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 14, 2014
Oh my godddddddd, my prayers have been answered! Dear Sugar, the advice column from the Rumpus penned (mostly) by my beloved Cheryl Strayed -- the best of which was compiled for the book Tiny Beautiful Things -- is COMING BACK in podcast form. I am seriously so excited. This is the best news I've heard… More »

Mommie Dearest: Sister Wife-ing It Up

By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 12, 2014
I used to watch TLC's "Sister Wives" -- a reality show about a Mormon household with one husband, four wives, and a combined 17 children =- with a mix of shame, incredulity, and, dare I say it, jealousy. While I couldn't imagine sharing my husband like that, there was something appealing about the way… More »

Make It Stop: “My Best Friend Won’t STFU About Her New Boyfriend”

By: Anna Goldfarb / December 12, 2014
My best friend is in a new relationship. I’m really happy for her, but it seems like she ONLY wants to gab about this new fella, who I’ll call Louis. We talk about Louis for—I’m not kidding—hours on end. She doesn’t even ask about how my day’s going, she just talks endlessly about this guy:… More »

Hitched 2.0: 10 Questions To Ask A Potential Venue

By: Emma Sarran / December 11, 2014
When we started venue-hunting, we had literally no clue what we were doing. On the outside, we tried to appear to be a sophisticated, knowledgeable couple touring each potential venue. On the inside, we were two clueless twenty-somethings wondering what the hell we were supposed to ask these events directors and catering managers to avoid… More »

Update: I Wanted This Cute Comedian To “Be My Boyfriend,” And He Responded To My Christmas Wish

By: Katie Oldenburg / December 11, 2014
I'm already planning the rom-com about this meet-cute. I would like Kate Hudson to play me (or, per a coworker's suggestion, Jennifer Lawrence in a blonde wig), and Chris Pratt to play Rich. To remind you, Rich is the comedian who almost flawlessly impersonates characters from 25 of the most beloved Christmas movies. For those… More »

Gift Guide: For The Recently Dumped

By: Claire Hannum / December 10, 2014
Break-ups are tough enough as it is, but a heartbreak during the holiday season is particularly excruciating. Nobody wants to be surrounded by gushy holiday cheer bullshit when their heart is torn in two. Here's what to buy for that fantastic, talented, loving, newly single friend of yours who deserves way better than her ex… More »

Holiday Estrangements: On Being Motherless By Choice At Christmas

By: Katie Naum / December 10, 2014
Like many American families who celebrate Christmas, mine does it in a pretty secular way. The more observant among us attend services to mark the holiday, but the magnet that pulls our scattered members across the country to one point in the Midwest is, I think, the same as what brings you and yours together… More »

Bumble Is Just Like Tinder, But Women Have All The Power

By: Katie Oldenburg / December 10, 2014
Our prayers have been answered, ladies! Remember Whitney Wolfe, the former Tinder executive who claimed to be sexually harassed by the company's CMO, and then was unfairly stripped of her co-founder title? Well it looks like Tinder messed with the wrong badass chick. Last week, TechCrunch announced… More »

Dater X: Is Success A Turn-Off For Some Men?

By: Dater X / December 10, 2014
Last Friday, I was hanging out with two of my girlfriends and our pals Jack and José (Daniels and Cuervo, that is), when I heard myself uttering the words, "He's obviously intimidated by your success." Though a cliche, I actually meant it. I was trying to console my friend Bree, who had just been ghosted… More »

Yo, Facebook, Please Stop Suggesting I Friend A Bunch Of Random Dudes I Don’t Want To See Again

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 10, 2014
The other day I noticed something kind of strange about the "People You Might Know" list on my Facebook account. In addition to the usual array of strangers or acquaintances with whom I share mutual friends and thus "might know," Facebook was suddenly suggesting some new faces with whom I shared no mutual friends. A… More »

Be My Boyfriend: Guy Who Does 25 Perfect Christmas Movie Impressions

By: Katie Oldenburg / December 9, 2014
Dear Guy Who Does 25 Perfect Christmas Movie Impressions, For the past several weeks, my family members have been asking me what I want for Christmas. Since I have everything I could possibly want (obviously not including the last few seasons of "Friends" on DVD that I need to complete my series), I told them… More »

23 Moments From 2014 Women Are Happy To Leave Behind

By: Huffington Post Women / December 9, 2014
Between Beyoncé's awesome feminist performance at the VMAs, the #YesAllWomen movement on Twitter and Malala Yousafzai winning the Nobel Peace Prize, 2014 was quite the year for women. Unfortunately, you can't have progress without a few setbacks. We've rounded up 23 of the worst moments for women in 2014 to remind everyone that gender equality… More »

What Does Your Profession Say About Your Love Goals?

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 9, 2014
The dating app Clover analyzed data from 33,000 of their users to figure out what people in different professions want out of their, well, not exactly “love lives,” in all circumstances, but what they want when they meet new people, especially through the app. Apparently, doctors and lawyers need friends (m’aww). Actors DEFINITELY just want… More »

It’s Time To Cry: Terminally Ill 6-Year-Old Asks For A Lifetime’s Worth Of Christmas Cards

By: Katie Oldenburg / December 9, 2014
This year, add another Christmas card to your list and make one little girl's last holiday season a bright one. Addie Fausett of Fountain Green, Utah, suffers from an undiagnosed illness that causes cerebral atrophy, which affects her speech and motor skills, according to CNN. At age three, Addie stopped growing, and now, at 6,… More »

7 Tips For White Women In Interracial Relationships

By: Tiffanie Drayton / December 9, 2014
I recently got into a interesting conversation with a few White women I know, who happen to date Black or minority men, and it really highlighted a need to explore the complexities of such unions in greater depth. Though I do support the right to love anyone, regardless of color (or gender/gender identity), I also… More »

A Rough Guide To 16 Pass-Aggro Comments Your Mother Will Make This Christmas

By: The Frisky / December 9, 2014
The holidays means spending more time than usual with your family, which equates to an increase in those passive-aggressive comments your mother used to dole out every hour on the hour when you were growing up in her house. Moms take on a special tone when lovingly criticizing their children that leaves the victim unsure… More »

Life After Dating: On Expecting A Relationship To Save You

By: Claire Hannum / December 8, 2014
If someone suggested that you were holding out for a relationship to save you and magically solve all your problems, you'd adamantly insist they'd gotten you all wrong and briefly consider slapping them in the face, right? Expecting a guy to save you sounds ludicrous on a surface level, and even reminiscent of the dreaded… More »

Love This: Business Insider‘s 21-Day Plan For Radical Self-Improvement

By: Katie Oldenburg / December 8, 2014
It's already mid-December, which means it's almost time to make resolutions for the new year. But how can you expect to start off with a clean slate if you're still tackling career, personal and health goals now? I stumbled upon an awesome infographic calendar, created by the folks at Business Insider, that aims to hel… More »

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