Now that the eve of my book release is upon me (T minus five days), I can’t help but think about it in terms of Helen’s experience with Sex and the Single Girl in 1962. Sex and the Single Girl, when it came out, shocked the nation. It was filled with sex and tips that defied the conventional thinking at the time. The New Yorker summarized it as promoting “self-sufficiency and ambition, emphasizing careers that lend women a patina of glamour…above all, it is a how-to manual for constructing a life that would look enviable.” More
Topic: Anna David
It’s easier for men. And I’m not talking about how it’s easier for them because they’re socialized to assert themselves or because they get paid more than us or because they’re naturally more set up to succeed at standardized tests. … More
Before you read any further, let me assure you that this is not a piece about threesomes. And I’m not even asking you to answer the question posed in the title. I’m merely repeating the name of a section in … More
I realize that what I’m about to say would get me kicked out of any club for feminists but the former trend I most wish was still around is the one that involves men treating us on dates. More
How we handle ourselves when a relationship breaks up is quite revealing. I’ve learned that whether it’s been six days, six weeks, six months or six years, what people do tends to remains fairly consistent. Some are cavalier and embrace … More
You’d think, after devoting an entire book to my various issues with and feelings about being single, I’d be extremely comfortable with all aspects of it.
You’d think wrong. More
“How about it? Fancy a surf?” The Australian man stood in front of a rustic beach shack, the sun glinting off his perfectly tanned muscles and long blonde hair.
Despite the pretty sight, I knew exactly how to answer that question: with a quick shake of the head followed by a tale of how I saw Jaws when I was five years old and the fear it generated in my young, fragile psyche caused me not only to avoid oceans for the next decade but also to quiver in the face of pools, bathtubs, and, on occasion, toilets. More
According to Helen Gurley Brown, the world is simply teeming with available men. More
Date Night at Chelsea Piers looks promising when I walk in and spy two 30-something tall men lumbering toward the entrance, golf bags slung over their shoulders, summer tans poking through their sporty – but not gay-looking – outfits. My friend Nicole, who really knows how to play golf and told me about this event, has left me standing near the entrance next to her golf bag while she uses the bathroom. I’m trying to pretend that I don’t feel desperate and sad to be spending a Friday night at an event that’s advertising my single status to the world. More
“I never meet anyone great.” That was my line. And it was true. But according to Helen Gurley Brown, life provides an endless array of opportunities to meet men. While most of the ideas for this that she recommends in … More
I had just screwed my life up in a major way.
Not in the I-chose-the-wrong-career-path or moved-to-the-wrong-city sort of way. Those were, arguably, screw-ups I’d also made, but they weren’t the new mistake. No, the new one was the kind that transformed respected astronauts into diaper-wearing stalkers.
I’d fallen for a married man. More
We’re pleased to bring you an excerpt from Anna David’s Reality Matters (a perfect book for people who love reality TV as much as we do). Jancee Dunn’s The Cutting Crew perfectly captures the magic of Project Runway. Oh, how … More
You might imagine that being someone like Ashlee Dupree would be fairly glamorous – or at least exciting. Sure, you’d have to prostitute yourself in order to experience it but once you decided to step over into that world, you’d … More