There are reasons, I suppose — but are they good enough? And how does one sell a wedding tarantula? More
Is soliciting donations for a wedding inappropriate, rude or otherwise bad in the etiquette department? (Answer: Yes.) More
In this brave new age of Tivo, Netflix watch instantly, and illegal downloads, it can sometimes be difficult to know what the etiquette is for watching a serialized TV show with a regular partner. The Cut‘s Maureen O’Connor, for instance, has grappled with this issue in several stories about “Netflix adultery.” When is it okay to watch ahead without your partner, and when is that a blatant breach of trust? More
I have been on a lot of first dates in my life, many of which were with people I had not yet met prior. Whether it was with people I had met through the Internet or through friends, I have experienced several instances of a romantic (or, at least, a semi-romantic) situation that went awry because the person lacked blind date etiquette. Much of this can be avoided with normal dating rules, but when it comes to hanging out with someone you’ve never met in-person, or perhaps never even seen an image of, there are specific frustrations that can arise.
Let me tell you about what happened last week… More
Not everyone is good at jokes. But what to do if they expect you to think so? Editors Jennifer Wright and Ashley Cardiff discuss. More
Attention sluts! More
I often read comments on the internet about how hard it is to make friends as an adult, how hard it is to make female friends, etc. As someone who used to be incredibly lonely and is no longer so, I feel fairly qualified to comment on this topic. More
Every now and then, we all wonder about whether we’ve behaved appropriately in a given social situation. Did we say something rude? Was seven bacon-wrapped shrimp more than our fair share? More
Whenever anyone tells you to “celebrate your femininity,” you should be very suspicious. Certainly there’s nothing wrong with femininity (or celebrating), but generally anyone who gives you this festive directive is passive-aggressively indicating that your particular brand of femininity is just all wrong, and that instead you should 1) wear a dress, you dirty rugby player, 2) get your clitoris sensually rubbed in a group workshop, or 3) wear a denim jumper and stop using contraception. More
This nice white girl divides her time between library ephiphanies and being a horrible human being.
We all have them: those prudish Facebook friends. They’re the type of people you’re actually not even friends with in real life, because, well, they’re prudes. More
Today’s young mothers have a lot of difficult decisions to make: work or stay at home, bottle or breast milk, free-range or attachment. For me, I find that it’s a balancing act. From the very beginning, I realized that the easiest way for me was to combine all those mothering philosophies into something usable. It resulted with Brenna learning to love both fresh fruits and french fries. She really is her mother’s daughter. More
We’ve probably all found ourselves in the following situation: You’re out in public somewhere, and you’re introduced to someone whose name you already know — either through Facebook, or their blog, or their tweets, or their Tumblr, or their website, or your mom’s eHarmony profile. More