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Hall Pass: Would You Give Your Husband A Week Off From Marriage?

Going into Hall Pass, the latest Farrelly brothers comedy, I was prepared for gross-out humor, full-frontal nudity, and some new sexual slang. And I got it. But the same men responsible for Dumb and Dumber and There's Something About Mary also offer some interesting insight into long-term relationships. I'm not saying they've earned YourTango Expert status, but there's some food for thought in that soup of gags and groans.

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Study Shows That White Online Daters Rarely Date Black People

Interracial dating is cool, right? Not if you're a white online dater, apparently. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, studied more than 1 milion online dating profiles to find that whites prefer dating other whites, while young black males are more open to dating outside of their race.

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10 Rules Of Office Romance

According to a 2008 survey from Vault, 58 percent of respondents reported doing just that -- by being involved in an office romance. Follow these office romance dating rules to keep your love life and career on track.

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Oscars 2011: How To Make The Academy Awards A Date Night

We cannot wait for Oscar night, can you? The Academy Awards ceremony is Hollywood's premier event, and we sort of have a weakness for star-studded gatherings. Do you blame us? The designer gowns, the gold statuettes, the hot guys in tuxes... Sigh. But while the actors are getting dressed up to go out with their dates, we think you should stay in with yours. There are plenty of ways to have a fun Oscar-themed date night with your man before, during and after the telecast, so use this as a little guide for a the big evening. If you can't win an Oscar yourself, watching a few stars win one while getting closer to your S.O. really is the next best thing.

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Celibacy, Sex And My Christian Punk Youth

As a 16-year-old, seduced by checkered Vans and studded belts, I found my match in this scene. Tim was older, 21, and a True Love Waits virgin. True Love Waits is a contract that you have with, like, "God" and the community or something. It is a vow that you will not have sex until you're married. The church-going kids would bring the contracts to school and teachers would pass them out during class, encouraging us to sign. Afterward, the names of kids who signed would run in the town's newspaper. Which also printed the names of everyone who'd been arrested that day and for what.

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Obama Declares Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) Unconstitutional

In a major victory for same-sex couples and gay rights activists, President Obama declared The Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional today. Obama for his part has been criticised throughout his term for not repealing the measure sooner. Throughout the past few months, several lawsuits have been filed arguing that DOMA is unconstitutional, but the court has remained steadfast in its defense. Obama ran in 2008 as a supporter of civil unions and today claims his ideas of gay marriage are "evolving" and he finds the act "unnecessary and unfair."

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New Apps Help You Find Free Condoms, Avoid First Date Hazards

All the hoopla about how the internet has changed dating is so 2001. These days, we're gushing over how smartphone apps are transforming the way we meet people, sext, break up and cheat. Thanks to mobile-based calendars, emails and location services, it's virtually impossible for smartphone owners to commit the usual first date hijinks, like getting lost or being unable to call for a rain check. Now, two practical new apps may make dating even easier by helping New Yorkers find free condoms in the city, and by ensuring that emergency contacts know that you made it through a first date without getting roofied or kidnapped.

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Is Your Weight The Secret To A Successful Marriage?

It's no secret that a walk down the aisle most often brings about a weight gain of about six to nine pounds. But what's been a secret or a misinformed public opinion is that your weight gain is a key factor in determining marriage satisfaction. Actually, marital satisfaction is better determined by a wife's weight gain relative to her husband's. University of Tennessee psychologist Andrea Maltzer's team tracked 165 couples over a four-year timespan. The couples completed questionnaires every six months to determine their level of satisfaction. Findings? Husbands that were satisfied at the time of marriage remained so over time, to the extent that their wives maintained lower BMIs than their own, researchers reported.

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Top 10 Surprising Ways To Get A Guy to Commit

Dating coach Rori Raye has some pretty interesting ideas about how to get a man to commit. At first they may seem counter-intuitive, but then you realize this: Rori wants us to get a man to commit by being our most authentic selves, which, in turn, allows men to be their most authentic selves. And what's better than that?

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When Getting Dumped Is A Cause For Gratitude

Breakups suck. But after a little time has passed, you may find yourself feeling relieved, reflective and actually—dare we say—thankful that you and your former dude are no longer together. Breakups and how they're done can teach us lots of valuable lessons about who we are and what we want.