In this day and age, it seems like every one of my friends is on the birth control pill. However, unlike most girls, most of my friends went on the pill to have sex at the end of high school, and simply stayed on it to enter college. And while most people know the basics of birth control, few people ever bother to read the fine print. So here are some of the most important things that you should know (i.e. all the stuff that’s on that little packet of info you throw out every month):
They say a picture is worth a thousand words but for British couple Martin and Heidi Shubrook, a video is worth a thousand dollars. When Martin and Heidi received their video, all they saw was grass. Literally. Plus other shots that were taken at odd-angles. So, they did what any couple would do: they sued. The two were awarded $1,000 for the mishap.
Have you ever wondered why men behave the way they do? Silly question. Of course you have. In his "Dear Women" letter, humorist Streeter Seidell aimed to clear a few things up. He explained some baffling male phenomena for us, like why men don't seem the least bit thrilled by a cute baby at the mall (it just isn't his baby) or the reason for their extreme horniness (equivalent to a female period, it's nature-induced so they can reproduce… oh, fine). We were enlightened, folks. So when he issued a call to women asking for any insights into the female brain, we felt we should write back. It's only fair. So, to all the guys out there, we hope our letter clears a few things up for you, as well.
My advice is to not get too invested in people you only have physical relationships with, and if that's not possible for you, quit having strictly physical relationships with guys, and choose sex partners you have an emotional commitment from.
Shocker: unlike what popular culture might suggest, college campuses aren't actually a hotbed of lesbian experimentation. In fact, the National Survey on Family Growth reveals that women who didn't finish high school were more likely to have engaged in same-sex activity than women who graduated with a bachelor's degree.
If you've ever been faced with a tight work deadline, cared for a sick loved one or struggled to pay the bills, you are well acquainted with stress — that overwhelming feeling that the world is demanding more than you can deliver. Unfortunately, stress isn't just exasperating; over time, it can wreak havoc on your emotional and physical well-being too.
Poll: Where Do You Get Your Best Dating Advice?: Family (parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.) Friends Clergy/Coach/Therapist TV shows (talk shows like Oprah or scripted TV like Glee) Self-help books Print media (newspapers or magazines) Online (websites, Google, Facebook) Other (please list in the comments below)
Sometimes, the worst part of dating is having to endure the cliche phrases that accompany it. I swear, if one more person says, "He's just not that into you," I'm going to jump into my oven and never come out. It was fun back in 2003 when the phrase debuted on Sex and the City and then became the title of a book (and then a movie!), but let's be honest, it’s totally played out. I get it. I grasp the concept. He's just not that into me and if he was, he would be. Next PLEASE? I beg of you single population-at-large, let's make dating somewhat hip again so we can feel non-lame while engaging in it. Here are some dating phrases that we need to put the kibosh on. Add your suggestions for replacement phrases in the comments.
If you're in a relationship, you've most likely had a spat or two. And according to recent research, arguments about small, nagging things may happen as often as 312 times per year. Some research even shows that how you handle conflict in your romantic life may have less to do with your relationship and more to do with how you were raised. But regardless of all the small arguments, or how your mother messed you up, enduring screaming matches multiple times a day with your spouse, or stonewalling your boyfriend post-argument may mean that your disagreements have gotten the better of your romance. It's helpful to know the hot button issues in relationships, and the red flags indicating that it's gone from lovey-dovey to knock-down, drag out.
Christine Donovan knew something wasn't right in her relationship when she didn't want to go home from work. "I felt anxious all the time," she says. "I never knew what kind of mood he would be in, or if I had unknowingly done something that would have upset him." But Christine wasn't in an abusive relationship—at least none that she had ever seen. "He didn't hit me or get violently angry. I just thought we were having normal relationship problems that we needed to work through," she says.