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Tips On Interracial Dating

While we know our society is ripe with stereotypes, and it would be naive and unrealistic to think its inhabitants don't carry those around. Rather, we just hope for a day when a blogger like Funky Brown Chick won't have to write a list titled How To Date A Black Woman to quiet all those who incessantly ask her. 1.) Ask her out. 2.) Don't pretend you're black. 3.) Be truthful. 4.) Be open-minded. 5.) See her as a woman first.

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5 Benefits To Being A Late Bloomer

The overnight British singing sensation Susan Boyle has given a whole new spin on the term late bloomer. After admitting to never having been kissed, as a 47-year-old woman, the folks over at Smitten asked their readers how many of them were late-bloomers. A late bloomer does not have to mean you are a 40-year old virgin or have never been kissed at age 47. It might mean that you had your first kiss a few years later than your friends seemed to, that your first relationship wasn't until after college, or that you just didn't really grow into your looks until a later age.

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Is Love On Second Life More Genuine?

Wishbringer and Stravinsky have met face-to-face only three times. They live on separate continents. Their real names are not Heart Wishbringer and Joe Stravinsky; but Rhonda Lillie and Paul Hawkins. And like 43,000 other couples, their initial meeting and marriage both occurred in the virtual online universe of Second Life. Newsweek is suggesting that their love might be more genuine than the kind that starts out face-to-face. We're not so sure.

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New Hope For Women With Sexual Dysfunction

Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia report that another closer look should be given to three drugs that are used to treat male impotence to see if small modifications could be made to render the treatments effective in women who experience sexual dysfunction.

The New York Times Takes On Casual Encounters

The New York Times Takes On Casual Encounters

Casual Encounters is exactly as it sounds; a place to find a casual encounter. While garnering more traffic than match.com, eharmony and Yahoo! personals, the smutty section of craigslist anonymous sex gained some bad publicity as of late due to two murders that happened pretty close to one another. One man responded to a Casual Encounters sex ad and another woman was looking for a masseuse. While all the loyal Casual Encounters users know of the risks, most interviewed were pretty blase about the murders. "In a city of eight million-plus, this sort of thing was bound to happen statistically," one man shrugged. Anyway, the Times published a story about a cast of characters who each utilize the site for their own, er, interesting habits. While one envisions hot one nighters, CE isn't entirely hot and sexy.

Perfecting Support For A Laid-Off Spouse

Perfecting Support For A Laid-Off Spouse

I’m taking pains not to slip back into that awful mode of helicopter spouse. He’s being more careful this time not to look like he’s slipping into eternal weekend mode. While we’re a little freaked out and holding each other close, it’s not like we’re having to recover from another unexpected great blow. It feels like an open moment, both for Marco and for our relationship. We’re both on the tightrope, keeping our balance.

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Is It OK To Be Called "Mrs. (Husband's Name)?"

A couple weeks ago I addressed the issue of a woman changing her name when she marries. I expressed that although I don't plan to change my name when I get hitched this summer, I respect and appreciate every woman's right to choose what's best for her. I reject the notion some have expressed that when a woman takes her husband's last name she's giving up her identity.

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Why It's Better To Befriend Your Ex-Husband

Keeping the relationship peaceful will reduce stress that could otherwise cause mental and physical health problems. Keep in mind, stress can also hurt you financially, if you become incapacitated due to health ailments. Also, staying on good terms will reduce or eliminate costly trips back to court to hash out problems; hiring lawyers can be like taking a match to your savings.