Ellen Fein, author of the 1995 juggernaut The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right, got married for the second time this weekend. (The first marriage ended in 2000, just as she the second Rules book came out, the one that promised "Time-Tested Secrets for Making Your Marriage Work." But nevermind.) The year after her divorce Fein went to a summer camp for singles where she met Lance Houpt, her future husband. The two connected as businesspeople; Fein is a best-selling author and Houpt owns two "decorative fabric and wallcovering companies."
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Women for whom an orgasm can be more work than fun have a bevy of options waiting in the wings these days: lubricants, sex toys, G-spot shots, and now orgasm gels, among others. According to Metro.co.uk, the average woman's orgasm lasts 28 seconds but can be extended to last up to 107 seconds.
A UK shop selling lingerie for pregnant women has sparked so much controversy that the shopkeeper has moved "Emily," her baby bump-bearing mannequin, to the back of the store. According to the BBC, older residents of the North Yorkshire town where the shop opened eight weeks ago balked at the sight of a pregnant-looking mannequin in a black nursing bra. After initial complaints, the shopkeeper covered Emily with a camisole, but eventually moved her away from the store's window. She said:
The big event this weekend in relationship-land was, of course, the news that John Edwards admitted to cheating on his wife. Tango knows a bit about infidelity, and some of it may surprise you!
More than one million singles have logged on to the Lavalife, which claims to be the online dating site "where singles click." Cute. So hold onto your hats, folks, and get ready for this: whatever you're looking for (Date? Relationship? Fling?), Lavalife.com will hook it up. Amen to online dating. All cynicism aside, here's what Lavalife has going for it: the site separates users by what they're looking for, casual dating, a relationship or an intimate encounter. Other sites boast similar breakdowns but Lavalife goes one step furthur, using the same system to organize articles Click, its online magazine. Lavalife features a city guide, as well as LavalifePrime for singles over 45. An unscientific Love Buzz survey found that most regular members range from early twenties to late thirties.
After twenty-seven years full of trust, honesty, and passion, Melissa knew it was time to walk away from her longest standing relationship. So early in July, this spawn of the Carrie Bradshaw phenomenon put down her pen and severed ties with her diary-writing habit. And who can blame her? A long-term relationship with a 93-volume collection of notebooks would surely give me writers' cramp. Perhaps Melissa felt tied down. Needed space. Was just not that into it?
A round up of some of our favorite links from this week in love news.
Statistics show that for every child adopted by a woman, two are "be-parented" by a man. My immediate reaction: what does this say about gender norms? Is the stereotypically less-nurturing sex heading in droves to rescue poor orphans? Was Daddy Warbucks that inspiring? Turns out, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released the stats, doesn't list the reasons why the figures are disparate. The report guesses that it's from men adopting spouse's children in second marriages, which seems to add up. According to Yahoo, 1.2 million men and 613,000 women had adopted children by 2002
Check out this hilarious spoof video of "March of the Penguins:" it's called "March of Shame" and it's about regrettable college hookups.
If you're single but not dating right now, what are your reasons? Over on BlogHer, Liz Rizzo writes about why she stopped dating when she moved to L.A. She worried about finding someone who could deal with her unpredictable work schedule. She worried about dating while broke. She worried about uncertainty over wedding preferences, wanting kids and her unknown future.