Posts tagged "dealbreaker"

Dealbreaker: The “I Love You” Guy

When it comes to boyfriends, I have never gone for the sentimental type. Maybe it’s because my dad is the sort of guy who likes to sit in the backyard and throw knives at trees. Maybe it’s because I’m not so great at talking about feelings myself. Whatever the reason is, I’ve always had boyfriend…

By: Arianna Georgi / February 16, 2009

Dealbreaker: Horrendous Tattoos

I'll admit it, I think tattoos are dead sexy. There is no better conversation starter than that little sliver of ink peeking out from under a shirt sleeve or some surprise artwork on a half-naked dude, but like many women I'm less inclined to get all hot and bothered when the ink in question is,…

By: Alex Williams / February 2, 2009

Dealbreaker: The Life of the Party

I met Mr. Life of the Party at a bar. I’d spotted him from across the room because he was funnier, taller, and cuter than everyone else. I marched over and told him as much. We talked for what seemed like hours, and before the night was over, he got a kiss and my number.

By: Louise Blaire / January 26, 2009

Dealbreaker: The Guy Who Hated Dogs

Judging by box office returns, hundreds of thousands of people went to see "Marley & Me," the movie about that goofy yellow Lab. My ex-boyfriend was most certainly not one of them. I met "Greg" online. Actually, a friend of mine hand-selected him for me, apparently because when left to my own devices I choose…

By: M. E. Robespierre / January 19, 2009

Dealbreaker: Mr. Too Big

Recently, I described a mutual friend to my friend T. as “the guy with the big c**k.” Then I felt a little guilty, like I was giving away a huge (zing!) secret; she was surprised at this description, having never thought about him in a sexual way, whereas I meant it as both a compliment…

By: Rachel Kramer Bussel / January 5, 2009

Dealbreaker: The Overly Dirty Talker

Dirty talk is an acquired taste. Like oysters, or caviar. Sure, maybe at first bite, dirty talk can seem a little awkward, even unsavory to some. But like a kalamata olive, it grows on you. And soon enough you're ordering Greek salads like it's your job and dirty talking like you never owned a copy…

By: Natalie Krinsky / December 29, 2008

Dealbreaker: The Dumb Guy

I noticed Bob before he noticed me. He looked like the kind of guy you have sex with in barroom bathrooms and the backseats of cars. When he said "Hey" as I brushed past him in the Cold & Sinus aisle of Walgreen’s, I hesitated. I knew that "Hey." It was the cocky "Hey" of…

By: Diana Vilibert / December 22, 2008

Dealbreaker: French Guys

Just because Paris is the city of love doesn’t mean its men know much about the subject. Take it from me, someone who spent a year chasing after French men, only to find the pursuit to be disappointing, and at times, disturbing. I arrived in Paris a few days before my twentieth birthday, full of…

By: Leonora Epstein / December 1, 2008

Dealbreaker: The 26-Year-Old Virgin

It was our first date and we talked for 10 hours straight before Jeff kissed me, shaking as he leaned in. He didn't have to lean far -- I had given him nowhere else to go when I pinned him against a chain-link fence outside the coffee shop where we had stopped to refuel. Despite…

By: Diana Vilibert / November 24, 2008

Dealbreaker: The Overly Intellectual Guy

For the record, when the press refers disparagingly to Manhattan intellectuals, I feel insulted. I’m not a Nascar fan. I don’t really get "The Hills." I don’t call Barack Obama by his middle name. I like a lot of cultural things. I love contemporary art. I majored in Philosophy. I’m more than happy to eat…

By: Jennifer Wright / November 17, 2008

Dealbreaker: He Voted For The Wrong Guy

I like to think of myself as a fair, open-minded individual. I have my opinions, sure, but I certainly don’t begrudge anyone for holding a different set of views than I do. In the past, I’ve dated plenty of guys with whom I don’t always agree, like the guy who counted Phil Collins as a…

By: Wendy Atterberry / November 4, 2008

Dealbreaker: The Guy Who Didn’t Want Head

Some women would be thrilled to have a guy who didn't want head, ever, but not me. I knew one guy was not going to be a match when he gently pushed my mouth away when I moved to go down on him, saying, "That's okay; I don't usually come that way anyway." To me,…

By: Rachel Kramer Bussel / November 3, 2008

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’…

By: Christiana Yiallourides / October 27, 2008

Dealbreaker: The Lightweight

The Brit was someone I can describe only as Lord Marcus on "Gossip Girl." Well, except for the title and the vast family riches. Nine years older than me, the Brit was a U.K. transplant in the banking industry and a sweet, sweet man. Not only did he own a house across the pond, but…

By: Jessica Bartlett / October 20, 2008

Dealbreaker: He Ordered The Cheeseplate

I can learn more about a man at dessert than any other time. When it comes down to it, isn’t dessert the reason for a date? Witty conversation and sex appeal aside, it’s dessert that seals the deal. Lest I sound shallow, I can authenticate the efficacy of this dessert-litmus test. I can predict —…

By: Molly Niendorf / October 13, 2008

Dealbreaker: Musicians/Rock Stars/Singer-Songwriters

Dudes in bands: They’re creative, laid back, they’re hot, they have great music collections, they’re sensitive, and very often, they’re funny without being as damaged as comedians. What’s not to like? Let’s discuss. There was the Luke Skywalker look-alike who drummed for so many bands I couldn’t keep track of them all. (Although, as a…

By: Colleen Kane / October 6, 2008

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 hi…

By: Jacqueline Frankel / September 16, 2008

Dealbreaker: The Never Nude Dude

If you're an Arrested Development fan (if you're not, shame on you!) you've certainly had a good laugh or three at Tobias Funke, the never-nude. In sitcom humor, the idea of a grown man who refuses to be naked is funny but, let me tell you, in real life it is not. In fact, it'…

By: Elizabeth Kaufman / September 8, 2008

Dealbreaker: The Manorexic

There are so many things involved in attraction. From clothing to chemistry, a never-ending list of items can be turn-offs. But sometimes differences are a turn-on, from magnets to men, you know what they say: opposites attract. Still, some things are so repellent, they're deal breakers. I truly believe that the number one reason to…

By: Natalie Krinsky / September 7, 2008

Dealbreaker: Ditching Out On Your Birthday

Your Birthday: it’s the one day a year you are guaranteed to have someone trying to do you. Even when you’re single, you can line a little somethin’ somethin’ up. But sometimes another candle on your cake is the only thing you can count on. I had been dating this dude for what I considered…

By: Jacqueline Frankel / August 25, 2008