Good morning all! Here is what's going on today in the world of love and relationships. Wondering what guys think of you if you put out easily? Well, Steve Santagati, author of The Manual answers the question on Dear Sugar. Do you like a man who looks like he just fought in battle? According to Science Daily, women find scarring on men attractive most likely because they associate it with bravery. Sorry Heidi Klum, but we might have to take Seal off your hands. Over at Marie Claire, Sex and the Single Guy claims that we are constantly repeating emotional mistakes. Some common emotinal mishaps we tend to make are: taking them back, staying with the bastard (AKA "I can change him/her") and mistaking physical intimacy for emotional intimacy.
Alex Holder and Ross Neil got together three years ago and made an effort to be honest with each other about the little quirks that can quickly drive a partner mad. The couple, both creatives at a London ad agency, recently launched a website featuring possible endings to the "I love you, but..." declaration. Ross drew pictures to accompany the phrases, and the result is loveyoubut.com, an amusing, often cringe-worthy tribute to the relationship dealbreaker.
Work stress got you down? Monday blues getting the best of you? There may be a cure: more cuddling! According to a new study, couples that express intimacy, be it through snuggling, kissing or sex, have lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. The study supports past research that's found that married people are generally healthier than singletons (and we're not just talking health-care benefits) and that women who are in bad relationships have weaker immune systems.
So, so inspiring: last week, tens of thousands of people across the country came out in support of same-sex marriage after California voters passed Prop 8, which nullified previously legal unions. From New York City to Minneapolis, D.C. to San Fransisco, gay marriage supporters turned out in huge crowds to protest the bigotry which occurred in California on Nov. 4.
The Tories try to strengthen marriage, Australia's Sex Party launches, Aussie resort has a month long sex party, cuddling cuts stress, the Japanese aren't doing it, iVillage's green sex toys, seal implores you to renew your vows, Bryan Adams has the greatest love song, men think they're grand in bed, women don't see it that way, how young is too young to marry, giving back an adopted kid and getting dumped with class.
A personality test used by members of PerfectMatch.com, an online dating and relationship service, derives "perfect matches" based on similar and complimentary factors. In addition to the questions posed above, the initial analysis includes questions on literature, music, sense of humor, approach to money, romantic gestures and pet preferences to seemingly provide for more perfect matching. It is clear from the thorough assessment that the site caters to those seeking serious relationships, so seekers of one-night stands would fare better elsewhere. Each member receives a love and compatibility classification called a Duet Type, comprised of similarity factors (romantic impulsivity, personal energy, outlook and predictability) and complementary factors (flexibility, decision-making style, emotionality and self-nurturing). A member's Duet information is showcased in a five-tab profile which includes open ended questions and photos. PerfectMatch provides matches based on member's Duet information. Users can also use their own judgment to search through over four million active profiles using compatibility factors, keywords or custom (savable) searches. One helpful feature on the site is the bookmarking application which lets members organize people members they have contacted with notes for future reference.
Guys, listen up. If you're preparing for a trip down the aisle in the near future and need some groom advice, then there is only one website you can turn to. Groomgroove.com is this weeks blogger crush and it is the ultimate guide for dudes who are about to pop the big question. But don't worry ladies, this site is also for you! Although The Groove (as we choose to abbreviate it) targets men, most of their wisdom can go both ways. Some, in particular, is even more important for the ladies. So for this blogger crush, we are going to outline what advice on The Groove is good for guys only, girls only, and, of course, what is best for both worlds. Ready? Here we go.
Several recent studies have surfaced claiming that working women logging long hours means they have kids much later. This effects other issues like population, along with the ethical and economic issues surrounding infertility treatments. Infertility treatments are increasing in popularity all over the world, while population decreases, and families become smaller. Will these discoveries be enough to make women get pregnant, want to have children sooner, and focus on career and family? Fat chance.
Single and sick of the online dating scene? Try on some good ol' recession-friendly activities instead, and you just might find yourself rolling into love where you least expect it.
I smell some sour grapes... Gawker's got a video clip of comedian Dennis Miller on Bill O'Reilly espousing a unique post-election theory: liberal women are jealous of Sarah Palin because she's got a better sex life than they do.