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Dating Don’ts: 4 Things You Shouldn’t Do During Your Dating Hiatus

Dating Don'ts: Breakups
These kinds of breakups suck the very most. Read More »
Dating Don'ts: Holidays
dating donts holidays
Beware these holiday booby traps. Read More »
Dating Don'ts: Bad Advice
The most unhelpful dating advice Ami ever received. Read More »

In case you missed it, the guy and I split right after Thanksgiving. That means that the weeks leading up to my birthday and Christmas have been kind of lame. Actually, that’s not true. They weren’t half bad, just kind of meh emotionally. You could say I haven’t been brimming over with holiday spirit.

But still, I’ve been doing lots of yoga, reading depressing fiction, shopping impulsively for tights, watching cooking shows and spending time with friends. I went to a fancy spa and got a massage for my 34th birthday. And then I consumed massive amounts of Blue Point oysters and champy with my best friend. It was solid way to celebrate my birthday/ the world not ending. Everything was fine until someone close to me said: “You shouldn’t wait, you should just get back on OK Cupid right away.”  Keep reading »

15 Shameful Post-Breakup Confessions

Dating Don'ts: Breakups
These kinds of breakups suck the very most. Read More »
Self Conversations
The conversations Ami has with herself. Read More »
Just Been Dumped?
10 things not to say to a recently shafted woman. Read More »

I just admitted to the ladies here that my way of dealing with my recent breakup is to have out loud, imaginary conversations with him. Not like angry conversations, just very casual conversations. Example:

Me: Did you see the latest episode of “Kitchen Nightmares”? It’s ridiculous.

SILENCE

Me: Yeah, I knew you’d enjoy it. Do you know Gordon Ramsay has a new show called “Hotel Hell”? I don’t know how I missed it. It’s soooo bad. You should check it out on Hulu … I went to yoga today.

SILENCE

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Dating Don’ts: The 9 Kinds Of Breakups That Suck The Most

Be Switzerland
Trying to be neutral in times of relationships turmoil. Read More »
Dating Don'ts: Next
The most powerful word in the dating language is NEXT! Read More »
Dating Don'ts: Ghosting
Thou shalt not ghost your love interests. Read More »

Breakups always suck, no matter what, for both dumper and dumpee, or even if it’s mutual. But there are certain kinds of breakups that suck worse than others. That’s just true, the same way that certain ways of dying suck worse than others, in your sleep versus slowly and painfully of cancer. God, this is getting really macabre really fast. I’m sorry.

You can probably tell by my tone (and the fact that I’m listening to The Smiths) that I’ve just gone through a breakup. As some of you know, I was trying to be Switzerland, which worked for a while, and then I couldn’t remain neutral any longer. Our breakup was mutual and amicable and about as pleasant as something so unpleasant could be. I’m grateful for that. But still, BLERGH.

Here’s the thought I’m left with at the end of this relationship (to quote a Broadway song because I love Broadway musicals and I don’t care if that’s embarrassing): “It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.” Keep reading »

Dating Don’ts: The Power Of Next

Dating Don'ts: Facebook
You should never post these things on his Facebook page. NEVER. Read More »
Why He Dumped Me
Do you really need to know why he dumped you? Read More »
Dating Don'ts: Ghosting
Thou shalt not ghost your love interests. Read More »

Breakups suck. Despite all the lessons and advice our parents teach us, nothing really prepares us to fall in love with someone and then have that person choose not to be with us anymore. With a broken heart and a shattered ego, our brain demands explanations.We crave resolution and closure. But we rarely get what we desire. One magical date and he didn’t call again, why? Two weeks of texting and flirting on Facebook and then nothing, why? One month spent dating a guy you were ambivalent about only to have him dump you, why?

Frankly, asking why is a colossal waste of time. Keep this word in your back pocket every time you are tempted to contemplate a dating scenario gone awry: Next. Next is your best friend when it comes to dating, hook-ups, friends with benefits, and all the rest. Keep reading »

14 More Original (And Honest) Breakup Lines

Top 10 Breakup Lines
Have you ever used one of these? Read More »
How To Dump Them
There is a proper way to dump someone you're dating. Read More »
Dating Don'ts: Bad Ending
You shouldn't do these things if the relationship ended badly. Read More »

We were so thoroughly uninspired by the top ten breakup lines for men and women that we felt like we needed to take action. We’re starting the Brutal Honesty Breakup Movement. It’s not a real movement yet, but we think it has serious potential. Consider this our contribution. After the jump, some suggested lines to use the next time you dump someone. Read as: the real reason you are ending things. Keep reading »

Get Over Your Ex With These 5 Breakup Anthems

Other than good friends and a big pint of chocolate ice cream, nothing can help you get through a really rough breakup better than music. Really emotional and honest songs can make you feel like you want to scream or cry, but grieving the end of a relationship is healthy.

Some of the greatest breakup songs ever written—whether they’re about cheating, moving on or just realizing the relationship doesn’t work—all have one special thing in common. They all have the ability to make us feel like we’re not alone in the world, like someone else out there understands. And that can be a powerful thing for the moving on process.

Here are five breakup songs that helped us at one time or another (along with our favorite lyrics). Read more …

The Top 10 Ways Men And Women Dump Each Other

How To Dump
There is a proper way to dump someone you're dating. Read More »
Guy Talk: Jerk
Why guys act like jerks when they break up with you. Read More »
Just Been Dumped?
10 things not to say to a recently shafted woman. Read More »

A survey done at through a UK dating site found the top ten breakup lines men and women use. Dating pros, I’m sure you’ve either heard these all or used them yourself. I feel the world’s longest eye roll coming on. And P.S. This is a wake-up call, we need to start coming up with some more original ways to dump each other because we suck at it. Find out what they are after the jump. For extra fun, take a shot for each line you’ve heard or used. I predict you’ll be wasted by the end of the list. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: How I Staged A Pinterest Stalking Intervention

If Pinterest Was Real
A cautionary poem. Read More »
Pinterest & Feminism
Oh, please. Pinterest isn't "killing" feminism. Read More »
Pinterest Wedding
Pinterest wedding
Planning a wedding with Pinterest? Total nightmare! Read More »

We don’t always talk about it, but we certainly all do it. For better or worse, cyber-stalking has become part of the DNA of a breakup. If you thought a breakup was bad in 2002 when you had to run into the ex at school or work the next day and maybe bump into them with a new girlfriend at the movie theater, how could you ever have imagined waking up to their Caribbean vacation on Facebook or their morning jog on Twitter?

Google was the gateway drug. It allowed us just a taste of personal information. And then Facebook, more so than either of its primogenitures, Friendster or MySpace, made shit real. The ability to “watch” an ex’s life post-you like it was a mid-market mimeo of “The Bachelor” made a breakup all the more heart-rending.

Twitter just facilitated that process. The updates moved into real time. You could know what an ex and a new girlfriend were up to at almost every second of the day. Did they both read the same Onion story? Did they meet in the park for lunch? Why the hell did he take her to that Ethiopian place that YOU introduced him to? WHY?

If you thought that was bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet my friends. Welcome to the latest frontier in social cyber-stalking, the one that might be the most dangerous of them all — Pinterest stalking. Keep reading »

We’re Breaking Up: Woman Finds Ex-Boyfriend Living In Her Attic 12 Years After Their Breakup

WBU: Drunk Crocs Prez
The president of Crocs got drunk and claimed Taylor Swift was his GF. Read More »
WBU: Meth And Crisco
No, dude. Meth and Crisco do not go well together. Read More »
WBu: He Has 30 Kids
That's just too many kids. Read More »
WBU: Dead Chinchilla
You don't even want to know what he did with a dead chinchilla! Read More »

The title of this post is somewhat of a misnomer because the South Carolina woman who discovered her ex-boyfriend had been living in her attic had already broken up with him 12 years ago. So maybe it would be more accurate to have titled it “You’re Getting Evicted From My Crawlspace”? Keep reading »

Hitched: Getting Through The Rough Patches

Amy & Will Grief
The five stages of grief over Amy Poehler and Will Arnett's breakup. Read More »

I woke up last Sunday morning — well, I don’t know that I was truly awake, but at least I wasn’t in bed any more — and stumbled to the kitchen for a giant glass of water with which to defuzz my thoroughly whiskey-fied mouth. In my hangover haze, I glanced across the living room to the coffee table, which held two empty glasses and a piece of old mail with my late-night scrawl on the back. It was a playlist.

We’d started with Darius Rucker’s new single, “True Believers,” because Patrick and I are true believers in pop country music. Now we are, anyways — I used to have more than a little detached irony mixed in with my Kenny Chesney appreciation, but that’s long since disappeared over the years of my relationship with Patrick, whose genuine love for the genre is both charming and contagious.

It’s becoming something of a tradition for the two of us: we spend a Saturday evening hanging out at the bar with a group of Austin feminists and allies that meet monthly to shore up our belief in the world being a livable place, and then we come home, drink whiskey on the rocks and watch music videos for hours. We sing along. We dance with each other. We trade stories about where we were when this or that song was popular. We debate the musical merits of the Zack Brown Band as musical successor to Jimmy Buffet. Keep reading »

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