Love Bytes: 15 must-click love and relationship links. Is a first date too early to learn about a guy's sordid past? What if he's a sex offender? Luckily, Match.com plans to do the work for you. How NOT to fight about your finances, why we still expect men to be the providers, and when it is best to just keep quiet about your past.
Do you feel safe participating in online dating? Or do you worry about who you might meet online? If you fall in the latter category, you're not alone. Sexual assault is a real threat among daters looking for love online.
Catalonia's festival of St. Jordi is like Valentine's Day, but cooler. Forget February 14th. The most romantic day of the year is April 23rd... at least, it is if you're in Catalonia, Spain. This Saturday, Catalonian lovers will celebrate the lovey-doviest day of the year on the festival of Sant Jordi. In Catalonian culture, the festival is marked by an appealing tradition: men give women roses, and women give men books. Hey, there's nothing sexier than a man who reads.
When the perfect couple breaks up after a long-term relationship, which partner gets to keep the mutual best friends? ABC's new sitcom, Happy Endings explores that very question, chronicling the split of Dave (Zachary Knighton) and Alex (Elisha Cuthbert), the couple that, for years, acted as a gravitational center to a tight-knit group of pals.
I know this sounds crazy, but I believe it is best to prepare for divorce before you even get married. As a romantic, I hate this. As a divorce attorney, mediator and coach, I've seen the worst of the worst walk through my office door and cannot tell you how priceless this advice actually is. Being prepared for the unexpected may be one of the smartest decisions you'll ever make.
What's the correlation between Twitter use and sex drive? Or between the word "grammar" and rough sex? This week, OkCupid published a series of infographics revealing the quirkiest sex trends among their extensive user base. You can see the charts for yourselves over at the OkTrends blog, but here are a few of our favorite factoids:
We're happy for princess-to-be Kate Middleton. Really we are. While we could do without the 24-hour news coverage of her dress/diet/ex-boyfriends/previous family homes, who doesn't love a good royal wedding? By all accounts, Prince William and Kate seem like they've thought this through and are ready for their very public walk down the aisle. We'll even admit, we wouldn't mind the tiaras, lady-in-waiting and new Audi-cum-driver that reportedly await Kate. But we're just as happy it's not us. Here's why…
I don't know that a formal survey's been done, but I think it's safe to say that in the eyes of most straight men in America, turbans on a women's head aren't hot. Neither are ostrich-feather miniskirts, utility pants, or capes. To many guys, tight, form-fitting, and revealing fashions constitute "sexy." And isn't that what fashion is supposed to be all about? Getting us to look at one woman rather than another?
Last weekend in Toronto, where I live, a reported 1,000 people marched together in the first-ever SlutWalk. The campaign was a response to a comment made at a local university by a police officer, who said women should avoid "dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized." The police have since apologized for the officer's comment, but it still hit hard with the organizers of SlutWalk.
With just over a week to go until the Royal Wedding finally takes place on April 29, the media is abuzz with covering every last detail of the highly anticipated event. Across the pond in American, we are absolutely eating it up, and rightfully so—who hasn't dreamed of some day finding a prince or princess? Apparently, not everyone.