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Full Disclosure: His Finances, His Health

When you enter into a relationship with a man you want to know every last detail about him. His health: Is everything in check? What's his history? His finances: Is he in the black? What's his savings account look like? Is he signed on to the 401(k)? But is asking for full disclosure okay or might it suggest that you may not fully trust your new partner.

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Having Sex Vs. Making Love

Among my least favorite words and phrases in the English language are: 'date night,' 'panties,' and 'making love.' And among those, the worst offender is by far 'making love.' I've never understood why people can't just say 'having sex,' the sort of innocuous, less-pervy alternative. I mean, use whatever phrase you want with the person you're doin' it with, but in mixed company, 'making love' just reeks of things that are too private to share with others. (Am I the only one who immediately thinks of 'love juice' when I hear the term or is that a common word association?). Anyway, in case you were wondering what the difference is between 'having sex' and 'making love,' a sex-related Q&A column on MSN attempts to give the answer, after the jump.

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Dating A Black Guy? 10 Things NOT To Say

Even though we live in a "post-racial society" (thanks, Oprah!), we're all still pretty much ignorant when it comes to stereotypes. Before reaching across the color line to make nice, make sure to avoid uttering any of these awkward phrases that'll have the "cool" black guy seeing red.


Should Blood Tests Be Required To Get Married?

Until the 1980s, most states required people to get a blood test in order to get a marriage license. The test, which screened for certain illnesses, like syphilis and rubella, was put in place to cut down on the spread of communicable diseases and prevent birth defects. By 2006, however, the blood test requirement was phased out everywhere U.S. except Washington D.C. and Mississippi. Three researchers (Kasey Buckles of Notre Dame, Melanie Guldi of Mount Holyoke, and Joseph Price of Brigham Young) recently decided to find out if the elimination of the blood test had any relationship to the number of couples who applied for marriage licenses each year. Studying data on state marriage rates between 1980 and 2006, they found that, when blood tests were required, 5.7% fewer licenses were issued

3 Tips For Introducing Boyfriend To Friends

3 Tips For Introducing Boyfriend To Friends

After a new man enters your life and he becomes your boyfriend you naturally want to fold him into every aspect of your life. Over time you will want to introduce him to your friends, your colleagues and ultimately your family. But introductions should be handled with care and as we have learned, should be timed appropriately.

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7 First Date Items To Avoid

Flowers, chocolate, and wine. Boys, take note. These are three safe items to bring on a date, and probably (with some exceptions) the only things you really need to bring besides yourself. In fact, although appreciated, most women are happy enough if you offer to pay the meal.

Robert Pattinson's Sperm Can Finally Be Yours

Robert Pattinson's Sperm Can Finally Be Yours

So you've always wanted to have a baby with Brad Pitt, but didn't know how to ask Angelina Jolie to release his scrotum from her bony fist for half an hour. Rest assured, you're not alone. A lot of people want Brad Pitt's sperm. And Robert Pattinson's. And Johnny Depp's. And now, thanks to Cryobank sperm bank, they can — sort of.

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His Girl "Friends"

He gets along well with women. Always has. His girl friends outnumber his guy friends about five to one. It's just like this with some men. But what happens when man with a million female companions suddenly has a girlfriend? It depends on his actions. It matters not what type you are and how you've flet in previous relationships. The tone is set by your guy. Here's what we mean.