People say the holidays are the loneliest time of the year. But perhaps those people are in shitty relationships. Happy singles know the holiday party circuit is one of the three week long festival of flirting, drinking, and sloppily placed Santa hats. More
Tis the season to spend a long weekend in someone else’s childhood home, sandwiched between your boyfriend and his older sister, trying not to say anything about the uncle who you think is the person who keeps kicking you under the table.
And even though you wouldn’t be caught dead in this awkward situation last year, you somehow managed to acquire a significant other whose family you’re obligated to impress. So how to you win them over without sacrificing your sanity? Pass the stuffing — we’re shoveling some filial knowledge onto your plate. Here are seven simple ways to get in good with the SO’s family… More
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It’s time-honored ladymag fodder: at what point do you bite the bullet and introduce your bf/gf to mom and dad? Always impressively heteronormative, we decided to let Cosmo weigh in. They suggest: “Meeting your mom is great, because it’s typically an easy way to score points. Your boyfriend knows that as long as he speaks highly of you, asks her questions, and doesn’t accidentally use her drapes as a hand towel, Mom will probably like him. Fathers, however, are another matter. Your dad is a dude and has had sex at least once, which means he knows the kinds of things your boyfriend thinks about and the kinds of things you do with your boyfriend—and your boyfriend knows that your dad knows these things. The result is at least slight discomfort and at worst naked terror, no matter how cool or laid back Dad is. So when they first meet, try not to leave them alone together for any longer than it takes you to pee.”
Well, that illuminated nothing. Here are some actual thoughts… More
They say once you move on, you should keep on moving on. Looking back is for weak people or doomed romantic comedy affairs. More
He forgot about your birthday. He insulted your sister. He accidentally locked you out of his apartment and you couldn’t get back in and you tried to get in through the window but a neighbor called the cops and you were arrested, and then late to work, so you lost your job.
Fights happen! But thankfully, they are followed by sweet, sweet apologies where he gets on his knees and grovels for your forgiveness in his own special way. Of course, the way he grovels says a lot about you as a couple, and the future of your relationship… More
In the past,when asked my “type” was, I’ve just shrugged and said I didn’t have one. So why did every relationship turn out the same way? More
My boyfriend is a wise man and the most pleasant anarcho-communist you’ll ever meet. Here are some of the things I’ve learned from him. More
Little did I know this mangy ball of fur would ruin my relationship. More
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I love fighting, I just love it. My mother told me I should go to law school but instead I became a freelance writer and date guys that I can argue with. More
For the past four years, my fella and I have been cohabiting happily with great romantic smooshiness and surprisingly few bicker moments; but unfortunately my work situation is drawing me to face-to-face meetings in North America, while my main squeeze has to stick around Africa for several months longer. My real life bliss is reducing to two dimensions on a computer screen as we’re back to the purgatory of a long distance relationship (LDR) once again. So, with a furrowed brow and a hopeful heart I hereby pass judgment on the new reality of web romance—Skype Dating 2.0. More
New couples often use a vacation as an early relationship test. The couple that can travel together, they surmise, can stay together. But even the most time-tested couples can return home from a trip exhausted from the jet lag — and the arguments, the bickering, and the general disgust. Sure, the stress of travel will get to you. But that doesn’t mean it has to get to your relationship. Consider these how-to steps travelers insurance for your next trip together — to ensure it won’t be your last. More
Let us hear today from a writer I have renamed Donna Summer, singer of the 1983 hit, “She Works Hard for the Money.”
Should you slow down your career and prioritize your man? I have been on both sides of this conundrum! More
If you’re in a relationship and still not having enough sex to feel fulfilled, don’t blame your partner — it may be your own damn fault. More