Meet Audrey Jones. She is 39, attractive, and multilingual. She's got a big job—at a multinational consulting company in Washington—but not a big ego. She's funny, thoughtful and smart. There's just one thing missing from Audrey's life: a husband.
Sometimes we grow out of relationships. Other times we grow into them. And then there are those that always seem to be just between sizes. In 'One Day,' based on David Nicholls' book of the same title, Emma (the always-lovely Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) meet on graduation day at the University of Edinburgh. Well, officially meet. Emma's admired Dexter from afar for awhile, though he's never noticed her. The timing and circumstances (high spirits, new beginnings, alcohol) are perfect for a hook-up, at the very least.
It's the relationship advice we wish our mothers had shared with us when we were younger. Funny and engaging yet brutally honest, The Little Black Book of Big Red Flags shares the dating warning signs you should be aware of -- or you'll be sorry later.
When it comes to banned books, we're used to seeing classic titles on the blacklist, but a new essay from British psychologist Susan Quilliam suggests that we should take similar precautions when considering romance novels. In her research, which appeared in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare, Quilliam says that these fanficful stories can cause women to idealize sex and relationships.
Is loyalty love's friend or its enemy? Does love bring us together or rip us apart? We face what Love in the Western World author Denis De Rougemont called "the passion-fidelity dilemma." We want love that lasts, but we also want passionate intensity, and we suspect that we will at some point have to choose which love is worth having, the epic but brief romance, or the companionship that goes the distance. We suspect that passion is like ripe peaches -- short-lived, but much to be preferred over fruit canned in cloying syrup. Love isn't shelf-stable.
Congratulations, you're engaged! If you plan to have a wedding, even a small one, here comes the next part: planning the biggest party of your life. But when do you mail the invitations? How should you style your hair? Do you have to give out favors? There are tons of choices when it comes to weddings and tons of books, blogs and websites to help brides with those choices. But wading through so much information could easily send you into wedding overload, so we did the work for you and selected our 10 favorite resources for all things wedding.
Have you ever tried to talk to your father about a recent breakup, only to have him change the subject? Have you ever started crying to your dad and received a totally blank response? In her new book, "Our Fathers, Ourselves," Dr. Peggy Drexler explains that fathers often feel "powerless" when they witness their daughters show strong emotion.
I've judged people by the books they're reading. This happens a lot while riding the NYC subway. Books are that rare life accessory that says a lot about who we are. If you're reading a popular emotional porno like Something Borrowed, it means that you believe in the power of hunky men who'll use their hospital residency off-hours painting your living room lavender while baking a soufflé. There was the dude I saw with the hipster beard, which is defined as a heavily shampooed and conditioned lumberjack beard that DJs Sunday nights, who was reading a dog-eared copy of Tolstoy's War and Peace. That communicated to me that he enjoyed iconic 19th Century literature about the merciless tumult of history, and also he drinks Jameson's watered down with too much ice and will sleep with you if you're a fashion urchin interested in lame literary poses.
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.
Author Kay Hymowitz has a provocative new book that asks whether the rise of powerful women have turned men into boys. In Manning Up, Hymowitz argues that men today are free from the traditional tests of manhood—marrying and providing for children, and this freedom comes at a price: an increasing number of men are stuck in a state of permanent adolescence.
Is your sex life steamy, or could you stand to turn it up? A lot of couples fall into the latter category. It's easy to get in a rut in the bedroom. If both partners don't communicate what they want, sex loses its luster and can become, well… boring. And no one wants that. Maybe you know your sexy time is in need of a serious pick-me-up, but are feeling a little tentative about opening that "Let's turn up the heat" discussion with your S.O. Well, no more! We've found just what you need to start chatting it up about "glazed donuts" and "money shots." Infuse a healthy dose of fun and games into your love life, all aimed at communication and discovery, with a great read from authors Christi Smith Scofield and Ted Scofield. Sexy Slang's Bedroom Challenges: 69 Ways to Spice Up Your Sex Life will help you along, and put the playfulness back into your intimacy.
Looking to liven up your New Year's Eve? Why not ring in the new year with a sexy gift for that special someone? We've pulled together our favorite sex toys, books and more, so you can make sure 2011 is sexier than ever.
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But is it a good idea to choose a date by the books he or she reads? Apparently, someone thinks so. The new dating site—Alikewise.com—launched in July and pairs people according to their taste in books. Sure, it sounds good on paper, but I'm not convinced.
If your partner calls you "pookie," beware: a new book claims that mushy pet names actually indicate relationship problems. In Stop Calling Him Honey and Start Having Sex, authors Maggie Arana and Julienne Davis elaborate on a number of couple habits that ruin relationships by eroding sexual attraction. Besides the use of cute nicknames, these practices include sharing hygiene habits and having sex on the kitchen table to revive an interest in sex itself.
Every week, Traditional Love rounds up the best links and thought provoking articles on love and marriage. This week, we are talking about the new marriage and divorce rates and what exactly do they say (or not say) about the current state of love in America? Also, October marks the beginning of YourTango's 31 Day Sex Challenge, which challenges you to make your love life better this month. Find out what you can do to your sex life in 31 days.