Posts tagged "romance"

Frisky Rant: On Hollywood’s Propagation Of The “Romantic Stalker” Trope

I first saw “As Good As It Gets” with an ex-boyfriend who touted it as one of his all-time favorite movies. He defended it as a deeply hopeful romance that touched on strong emotional themes: a hermit misanthrope finds a slice of light and hope in the form of Helen Hunt, and honestly, who doesn’t…

Bronwyn Isaac / September 4, 2015

Science Has Discovered What You Need To Say To Make A First Date Successful

Researchers from Stanford and the University of California have done us all a favor and figured out what to say and what not to say on a first date. Legends. To carry out their study, the researchers ran and recorded free speed-dating events for heterosexual grad students. After the date, the students reported how well…

Ask Men / June 12, 2015

40 Outdoor Date Ideas For A Spring Fling

Swing, dive, skate, or hike your way into the new season with one of these sunny date ideas. Take advantage of the warmer temperatures Spring has to offer by taking date night outside. We’ve rounded up tons of beautiful inspiration for romantic outdoorsy outings (some are perfect for getting a head start on your summer…

Pop Sugar / April 6, 2015

Artisanal Carnies Hope You’ll Pay For Their 38 Dream Weddings Around The World

Oh, hello! Do you have any spare cash today that you are not using for anything special? Perhaps you would like to donate some of it to this ever-so-whimsical acrobat couple, Cheetah Platt and Rhiann Woodyard. Are they starving? No. Are they dying of cancer? Also no! They just want to like, get married, in like,…

Robyn Pennacchia / March 20, 2015

Couple Passes Away Peacefully Together In A Real-Life “Notebook” Story

Floyd and Violet Hartwig were married for 67 happy years before dying side by side in their home, at the ages of 90 and 89, on February 11. In many ways, their life was like a series of scenes straight out of “The Notebook” — minus a breakup and all those unread letters. Like Noah and…

Claire Hannum / February 26, 2015

11 Supposedly Romantic/Sexy Things That Are Actually Terrible

Valentine’s Day is almost here–and you know what that means! Piles and piles of listicles suggesting romantic tips for couples looking to spice up their love lives. Most of those suggestions will be either awkward or terrible. Then again, so are–I would say–the vast majority of things traditionally considered generically romantic and/or sexy. For example…

Robyn Pennacchia / February 9, 2015

Professional Romancer Nicholas Sparks Loses At Romance, Separates From Wife

Nicholas Sparks, supposed romance expert and author of sappy, formulaic novels-turned-movies like “The Notebook” and “A Walk To Remember” is separating from his wife Cathy and thus has effectively failed at love. Dude, you had one job. The pair has been married for 25 years. They have five children, who am I super bummed out…

Claire Hannum / January 6, 2015

“I Can’t Live Without You!” & Other Sickening, Saccharine Nonsense That Needs To Stop

So, I know I’m a killjoy. I know that people like to say cute things to each other when they’re in love because those things sound good whether or not they make any sense. But I’ve heard a few too rational people saying gross, unthinking things about their SO’s lately, and it makes me fear…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 29, 2014

Study: “27 Dresses” And “The Bachelorette” Are Messing With Your Love Life

Researchers have found evidence that watching rom-coms and sitcoms impact our views on love. TV seems to shape our view of reality in every other realm of life, so I’m not exactly shocked it’s also true for romance.

Why Dave Is Still Single, a study by University of Michigan researchers, asked participants how frequently…

Claire Hannum / June 27, 2014

Photo Series Tackles Dating While Feminist

We’re pretty intrigued by this photo series project called “Feminism is not a means to just justify self entitlement,” in which signs held by a man and a woman clarify what it can mean to be in a relationship while being a feminist. I know I’ve definitely had moments where I’ve gotten caught up i…

Claire Hannum / March 27, 2014

4 Sites With Free E-Cards For Valentine’s Day

Quick! It’s Valentine’s Day! If you are planning to run to CVS for a schmoopy card and a box of chocolates during your lunch hour, you are shit out of luck, my friends. That place is going to look like a tornado ripped through it. How about an e-card instead? How about a free e-card…

Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2014

Funny Girl Sex Guide: How Not To Woo Me On Valentine’s Day

I consider myself a romantic and love it when the person I’m crushing on, dating, or seriously involved with puts forth an effort to woo me. Seriously, nothing will make my panties drop faster than a guy giving me a bouquet of gorgeous peonies, my favorite flower. But that’s about as traditionally romantic as my…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 13, 2014

Study: Yes, Height Makes A Difference In Dating

A study by Rice University and the University of North Texas has found that for lots of us, height does matter when it comes to choosing a partner.

Researchers set out to learn more about height preferences in the heterosexual dating world by conducting a study split into two parts. The first part compiled data…

Claire Hannum / February 11, 2014

75 Little Ways To Be Romantic Every Day Of The Year

February 14th might be the official, greeting card company-sanctioned day to celebrate love, but let’s not limit our romantic gestures to one measly day. For a relationship to truly thrive, romance must be practiced on the daily. Valentine’s Day is a day for gigantic heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, expensive dinners, and crazy lingerie, but look…

The Frisky / February 6, 2014

Public Service Announcement: 11 Ways Kissing Is Great For Your Health

Women’s magazines (and probably Snapple Facts) have been touting it for years, but there’s real science behind it: kissing is good for your health. You already know the obvious reasons it makes your life better, but as it turns out, it makes your body a lot better too. Kissing deserves more appreciation in its own right…

Claire Hannum / February 4, 2014

Unpopular Opinion: The “To Me You Are Perfect” Scene In “Love Actually” Is Not Actually Romantic

It’s Christmas time, aka that time of year when I see a million Facebook statuses about “Love Actually.” It’s fine. I get it. I enjoy that movie. I love Rickman’s voice and Hugh Grant’s sweet moves and Bill Nighy’s existence. This year also marks the movie’s ten-year anniversary. A DECADE. Did you know that the…

Claire Lower / December 22, 2013

This Is The Loveliest (And Oldest) Missed Connection You’ll Ever Read

The stories that live in Craigslist’s Missed Connections board are often the stuff of movies. A user at Reddit found one of its greatest gems this week: a post written by a man looking for the girl he spent Thanksgiving with in 1973. Pass the tissues please!

Read it, after the jump:…

Claire Hannum / November 21, 2013

Here’s What Happens When You Make An OKCupid Profile That’s Actually Honest

Let’s be real, honesty terrifies people — probably more than almost anything else. We like to fill our social interactions with surface-level conversations about how we’re “doing just fine” and save the real stuff for a select few people we trust. Even then, it’s tempting to only confide deep feelings that reflect well on u…

Claire Hannum / October 16, 2013

Hitched: The Awe-Inspiring Mundanity of True Love

I’m standing in the kitchen in my underwear, crying over a carton of fat-free half and half. I’m about to do one of those dramatic Lifetime movie moments where the emotionally exhausted woman has just had too much and she crashes to the floor with dramatic flourish and beats her fists on the ground. But I…

Andrea Grimes / July 3, 2013

The eBook You Never Knew You Never Wanted: Rep. Michele Bachmann Erotica

Though Sarah Palin can see Russia from her house, it is Tea Party darling Rep. Michele Bachmann who’s cast off into the northern country’s snowy forest in this summer’s smoldering romance tale as the inspiration for Fires of Siberia.  Publisher Badlands Unlimited describes the book as:
“…an old-fashioned bodice ripper romance that brings the heat for…

Sarah Gray / May 23, 2013
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