The economy is supposedly in recovery, but layoffs are still prominent in virtually every industry. Many more people than usual can relate to a phenomenon usually restricted to the over-60 set: living with an unemployed spouse.
According to the GUM (general-urinary medicine) clinics and Dr Christian Jessen, the sexual health expert and director of the Better2Know clinics, in the past five years almost all STI's have experienced a massive jump among the middle-aged divorced set in Great Britain.
The common denominator between your Aunt Sue, your dentist and that zany, reclusive guy at your office? Love. Relationships and love. We're hard-pressed to find humans who can't relate to having had a crush, a broken heart or, if they're lucky, a lifelong love affair. And therein lies the beauty of YourTango (we admit: we're biased, but can you argue with us?)—we want our readers to live their best possible love lives.
Love Bytes: Five must-click sex, love and relationship links.
We were once pulled into a cab, on the fly, and told by a boyfriend that we were going to a surprise place. Turns out it was a basement spot in New York City's China Town where 30-minute reflexology foot massages were ordered up. It was our experience with reflexology and it was heavenly. Indeed, on the scale of most-romantic-things-a-boyfriend's-ever-done we'd have to say this ranks among the very highest. Shocked? You shouldn't be. More than red roses, a massage or surprise trip to the masseuse is one of the most romantic, caring gestures a loving partner can make. We uncovered this handy description of 12 popular massage types at the Huffington Post where you can beef up on your massage smarts (from Shaitsu to Thai to Rolfing). It's Friday and the week is done. We'd say your loved ones deserves a massage...tonight!
Recently, we've been noticing our intense love of technology. Really, however, would you expect anything less from a website? But from Facebook profiles to blackberry messenger, we really like technology. And this week, YourTango really showed it. From tips on how to begin flirting via text to how two people with the same name hooked up over Facebook, it's been a high tech week. However, in case you were too updating your address book to notice, here's this week's best from YourTango.
After a recent study in Uganda, 455 women were polled and 40% reported that sex was more satisfying after their husbands/boyfriends were circumcised. Circumcision also is thought to cut down on the transmission of HIV.
Love Bytes: Five must-click sex, love and relationship links. Finding the one, being a bridesmaid, and how to make a grand wedding entrance.
Here's to hoping this isn't a new type of breakup. On NYTimes.com, there's a story about a couple who was engaged to be married, er well make a life commitment to one another, but decided against it. However, they still own two abodes together, have two mortgages together and are really interconnected. Now, we realize things are getting harder during the recession, but if we had to cohabit with our ex, well, let's just say only one of us would come of it alive. However, we still wish Benjamin Dixon and Bradford Shellhammer the best of luck in this endeavor.
We're not going to lie. A man boasting abs chiseled to perfection and biceps that pop just enough when flexed (without shredding shirts He-Man style) will no-doubt turn our heads. And even if caught mid check-him-out glance, we're not about to look away. But for a man to achieve a skyrocketing score on the sexiness scale there's got to be more to him than physical assets. Throw in these seven traits and he's guaranteed irresistible.