America in the 1980s was bookended by the murder of John Lennon in 1980 and the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. In between there was MTV, AIDS, Duran Duran, crack, Michael Jackson, and Tiananmen Square.
If dating in the 1980s had to be summed up in one word, it would be the mall. It was the best of times and it was the most consumerist of times. Guys and girls were shopping for love in all the greedy places. Here’s what dating was like in the 1980s… More
“I am woman, hear me roar,” sang Helen Reddy in 1972. And boy were we roaring. The decade marked the decline of the Vietnam War, and with it the radical hippie culture that permeated the 1960s.
Tom Wolfe deemed it “the me decade” for a reason, but it may have been called the Ms. marathon instead. The magazine and the passing of Roe v. Wade — both in 1972 — was a turning point for the modern woman. Gloria Steinem, arguably the women’s movement loudest activist, was quoted as saying “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” Here’s what dating was like in the 1970s… More
The post World War II baby boom produced 70 million teenagers that literally rocked the culture of the 1960s. Young people shaped the fashion and politics of the decade, launching the Million Man March, the sexual revolution, and the British invasion. More
So I was talking to my friend recently about the kinds of guys she likes, and attempting to explain to her why she needs to expand her horizons beyond the tall, long haired, seventies-loving, Jesus-esque warlocks she loves so much. “The more rings and necklaces a guy has on, the less likely he is to text you back after you blow him,” I said, and she laughed and protested, because obviously there’s no math in love…OR IS THERE? In an attempt to quantify the science of heartbreak, I have assembled an exhaustive list of how various kinds of men are going to hurt your feelings, based purely on their deceptively pretty exteriors. Read and learn, ladies. More
Dating wasn’t all cruising, pinning, and going steady. Or was it? Here’s what dating was really like in the 1950s. More
Like thousands upon thousands of other people, I have been wearing Ruby Woo by MAC for several years. I have worn it to parties, to school, to work, to interviews, to sets, to the gym (yes, I am one of those people who wears makeup to the gym, and I know — blah blah what’s the point blah blah).
I love wearing red lipstick out, but I have always been somewhat cautious of doing so when out with somebody. You know, romantically. Red lipstick on a first date feels weird. More
Looking back, it feels like the 1940’s were divided into two different eras: one when women were desperate for the men to come home from the war, and one the men who finally came home.
The depression was finally over! But from 1939 to 1945, rationing was in and guys were out (of the country). Eligible men were shipped off to war, and women were left to either run the household, or live in their parents’ home praying that her boyfriend returned home safely. If and when they ever came back, there weren’t enough single men to go around! All’s fair in love and war, girls. Here’s what dating was like in the 40s…
Would you like to stalk other singles? Now, you can! Via their shirts. And tracking numbers. And iPhone apps to track their tracking numbers publicly.
We’re not jealous or anything. Not jealous at all… More
Do you know about Tinder? It’s a new dating app that’s being billed as “Grindr for straight people,” which is silly because the dating and hook up habits of straight people will never mirror those of gay people so long as women are socialized to want love, men sex, but whatever. Some guys, like my friend [redacted], use it to go on dates that sometimes end in sex because he has a knack for meeting hilarious, weird, sex liking girls. Other, less charming men try to use it like it’s Grindr, with generally poor results. More
The sexy, carefree roar of the ’20s came to an abrupt whimper when the stock market crashed on October 24th, 1929. Black Tuesday would mark the beginning of the Great Depression which was (spoiler!) incredibly depressing. Any young men and women left in the country ditched their dried up farms to stand in the bread lines and look for work in American cities.
It was a shitty time to be American, and an even shittier time to be a single American woman. So what was dating like in the 1930s? Hold onto your worn-out fedoras as we explore love and life in the Great Depression… More
Did you know dating in America started in the 1920s? Yes, we have those fabulous flappers to thank for modern-day first dates, missed calls, and mixed signals. The first world war was over, and the action — and moonshine — was brewing in illicit night clubs. Small town girls and country boys flocked to the city, where the drinks were flowing and the women were wild.
>Dating in the Jazz Age wasn’t all Gatsby parties, cocktails and pearls. Here’s how you would have dated in the 1920′s… More
Were you thinking, “I desperately want to get married and provide a nurturing, loving home for someone, but no one is marrying me? Samantha Daniels thinks you should change your personality around! Here are the types of women she claims men do not want to marry. Prepare yourself for a cool, Handmaid’s Tale type circle wherein Samantha Daniels chants “Her fault, her fault” over and over More
Amid all the discussion of Kate Upton as the average, predictable bro’s fantasy girlfriend, we seem to have lost track of an important question: who actually does get to date Kate Upton? Some people might not want to know, as that destroys the notion that she is some kind of Frankenbabe created by science to love only you, but it’s important to remember that she is a human woman with predictable desires of her own. More