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Why Don’t Men Settle Down?

Last week, Jennifer Doll offered a familiar lament in the pages of the Village Voice: “Dear Single Women of NYC: It’s Not Them, It’s You.” Though her focus is on New York, Doll could have been describing almost any large American city in which the number of single, straight, employed, and emotionally competent men is apparently dwarfed by the number of women who want to meet them.

The “man shortage” is a perennial go-to for articles aimed at women readers; these pieces differ mainly in the degree to which they blame the crisis on women’s ambition, pickiness, or sexual aggressiveness. Keep reading »

Are Men And Women Switching Roles In Relationships?

It may be time for us to stop complaining about how men are such commit-o-phobes and women are all gunning to get hitched and make babies. A new Match.com survey of more than 5,000 people, ages 21 to 65, of all races, sexual orientations, and socio-economic levels, found that more men are looking for attachment and commitment than their gender stereotypes would lead us to believe. Men reported experiencing love at first sight and wanting kids more often than their female counterparts. So, what do the women want while the men are catching up on their rom-coms? We want our independence, dammit! Women value good jobs, separate bank accounts, and girls-only vacays more than ever before. And motherhood? About half of the women surveyed did not believe that women should be primary caregivers for kids. In short, women are becoming more like men. Gender stereotypes be damned. [Live Science] Keep reading »

Jon Hamm Continues To Be The Perfect Man

“Marriage doesn’t mean anything to me. It’s more for their families than for the two partners, so I’m not gravitating towards it. I’m very loyal, I’ve never strayed, and never wanted to. I don’t need to be married, because I feel married.”

– Jon Hamm explains that he doesn’t need a piece of paper to prove his loyalty to longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt. I’m sorry, but everything that comes out of this man’s mouth makes me love him more. [Celebitchy] Keep reading »

Men Want Marriage And Family More Than Ever — Do You Believe It?

The Frisky staff can barely find a man who wants to stick around for breakfast. But according to a Match.com study of over 5,000 singles, more younger men than ever want marriage and family; not only were men quicker to fall in love and more likely to want children. Younger men particularly were more inclined to prioritize their desire for a family life. According to biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, “Men are now expressing some traditionally female attitudes, while women are adopting some of those long attributed to men.”

Interestingly, women expressed more of a desire for independence than men did. While 77% percent of women said personal space was important, only 58% of men did. (Really? Who are these people that don’t need personal space?). Stephanie Coontz, the country’s foremost expert on marriage and family called the findings an “amazing confirmation about what has changed in the last 40 years.” [USA Today] Keep reading »

Diane Kruger Doesn’t Believe In Marriage

“I was married very young [to French actor and director Guillaume Canet]. We were together seven years. Without sounding pessimistic, I learned that I don’t believe in marriage. I believe in a commitment that you make in your heart. There’s no paper that will make you stay. A guy friend of mine said, and it made a lot of sense, that people should get married at the end of the road, not the beginning.”

Diane Kruger (who’s currently involved with Joshua Jackson) on having been married before and her lack of interest in getting married again in the March issue of Glamour. This kind of sums up my current feelings on marriage. I wasn’t married before, but I was engaged, and while I was committed to the idea of getting married to him, it was really just “formalizing” the relationship I believe we already had. Anyway, maybe I will end up getting married someday, but I wouldn’t say marriage is something I believe in. What do you think? [Glamour via Huffington Post] Keep reading »

8 Ways To Instantly Revive Your Romance

The minister who performed the ceremony for our wedding six years ago required all couples to take counseling sessions with her before their big day. So my guy and I did – we took personality tests, talked about our approaches to solving conflict and our plans for the future, and we got a lecture on the importance of “feeding the tree.” At the time, we giggled, thinking we were getting sex advice from a seemingly asexual woman of the cloth. But “feeding the tree,” she explained, was about treating our relationship with care, nourishing it, so that it could grow sturdy roots, limbs, and leaves. Kind of a hokey metaphor, I know, but, it turns out, that minister gave us the secret to keeping our romance alive … Keep reading »

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