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Where Divorce Means Risking Death

Where Divorce Means Risking Death

Raina al Baz was a pioneering young star of Saudi Arabian TV--until a beating from her husband nearly killed her. But she survived spousal abuse and is a champion for Muslim women's rights. In Paris, Olivia Snaije learns about al Baz's hidden life, her book, Disfigured, and her battle for Muslim women.

The Ultimate Man's Take On Love

The Ultimate Man's Take On Love

Despite what they claim, not many guys would actually kill for a woman. Steven Rinella will. He’s a hunter, a fisherman, a Montana-bred man of the wild. His book, The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine, will teach you how to make a gourmet meal out of road kill. Too bad that his girlfriend is a vegetarian. He talks with YourTango about this and other interesting connections between our hearts and our bellies.

Melrose Place to Wisteria Lane: Real Life Love

Melrose Place to Wisteria Lane: Real Life Love

On Desperate Housewives, Doug Savant's character, Tom Scavo, is married to Felicity Huffman’s Lynette. He met his real-life wife is, Laura Leighton, as co-cast members of Melrose Place. Despite the auspicious meeting, the two have a totally normal life, perhaps discounting job-hopping through prime time dramas. But let the men leering at their Hi-Defs be dazzled by Eva and Nicollette. Let the women at the water cooler gossip about the beefcake of the week. Doug Savant and Laura Leighton have something you can’t find on Wisteria Lane or at the pool in Melrose Place: four great kids, a romance that’s survived both financial and health crises, and a life that will seem more familiar to Savant’s viewers than to his fellow castmembers. Up at five. Kids to school. Work. Home. A family dinner, if possible. Homework. Kids to bed. Read on to find out more.

Find the Perfect Gift for Your Guy

Find the Perfect Gift for Your Guy

It’s the thought that counts, right? But what were you thinking when you gave that gift—and what does it say about the bigger picture of your relationship? Whether getting a gift for a guy or purchasing a present for girl, a gift can symbolize a feeling or express a value, but they carry a lot of weight, financially and emotionally. Martha Baer cites some examples in this essay about the connotations of giving gifts. She writes, "in one study of more than 100 gift recipients, only 42 percent reported 'positive emotional experiences,' while 58 percent reported the opposite. Plenty of gifts simply confirm an already detectable distance. Givers reveal their ignorance and thoughtlessness all the time; every item of clothing you never even hung up is proof of that. And how many times has a present you didn’t anticipate left you feeling burdened?"

Infusing Fantasy Into Your Sex Life

Infusing Fantasy Into Your Sex Life

Some couples play dress-up even when it’s not Halloween; imagining different people and scenarios while making love can invigorate your sex life—or it can make you feel a little creepy. How do you get the best from your fantasies? Here’s a guide to navigating your sexual imaginations. "From picturing the hottie in Accounts Payable naked, to role-playing, to thinking about other people or circumstances while masturbating or having sex, people often use fantasies to augment their lovemaking. In fact, there are women who can achieve orgasm merely by conjuring that philanthropist/mailman/pool boy/plumber in their heads. (Seriously. And they're being studied.) Even if you're not blessed with that ability, research has shown that women's orgasms are in some ways more tied to mental gymnastics than to anything that's happening in the physical world. 'In women, the vast majority of sex is going on in their minds,' explains Dr. Anita H. Clayton, a professor in the Department of Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia and author of an upcoming book about the relationship between sex and the psyche. 'So we can be easily distracted or shift into another set of feelings very quickly.'"

20 Questions To Ask Once The Honeymoon Is Over

20 Questions To Ask Once The Honeymoon Is Over

Susan Piver presents "The Hard Questions" for the post-honeymoon stage. Knowing what to ask each other (and yourselves) can help move your relationship to the next level. The author of the New York Times bestseller The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say "I Do" offers up an exercise. "Romance can never last, but intimacy can never end," explains Piver, who created these 20 new "phase two" questions exclusively for Tango. She talks with us about her eye-opening exercise for anyone who has made a commitment—and is committed to making it last.

Is Skipping Your Period Safe?

Is Skipping Your Period Safe?

Ever wish you could ditch your monthly cycle? Experts say that taking two packs of the pill back to back—which will result in a skipped period—is quite safe. Expert Dr. Leslie Miller talks about menstrual suppression with birth control pills such as Seasonale, Alesse and it's generic counterpart, Aviane. It might take you several tries to find the right pill to stop your bleeding, but here's a good place to start. According to Dr. Miller, "A woman should be able to ask, 'How much progestin and estrogen do I need to turn off ovulation until I want to have a baby?' or say: 'I want to have a period every three months, or maybe I don't want any at all.' That's my vision. We need to learn how to dose the pill to get that effect."

Reset Your Inner Clock to Match His

Reset Your Inner Clock to Match His

Timing isn’t everything, but when a couple’s circadian rhythms are out of sync, what can they do to get it together? Julie Piotrowski dishes on the role of chrono-biology and how couples with different body clocks can synchronize them for smoother sailing.

Get Him the Haircut You Want

Get Him the Haircut You Want

Hair care may not be at the top of your guy's style agenda, but with a little help he can have GQ-worthy locks—and learn to love them. "Poor guys. Growing up, they never spent entire evenings in hot rollers, never savored the sizzle of the straightening iron, never left a slumber party with a head covered in braids. It was unacceptable for a dude to keep eight shampoos on the edge of the tub. With celebrity role models running from Whitesnake to Billy Idol, where were they supposed to get the good-hair gospel? Bless them and their multitude of hair sins—they just want to look good, and we want to help. Here, New York's top experts offer some tactical advice."

Career And Family: Can We Really Have Both?

Career And Family: Can We Really Have Both?

The author's generation fought to have careers as well as families. Now, more and more young mothers are opting to raise their kids full time. But what happens when a husband leaves, gets laid off, or dies? Leslie Bennetts makes the case for keeping the day job. "I spent many years establishing a rewarding professional life before having two children — just as my biological clock was winding down—and ever since then I've felt as though I won the lottery. A great career! A wonderful husband! Two beautiful, healthy children! Lucky me! Imagine my surprise, then, to learn that Having It All—the quintessential goal of recent generations of women—has gone out of fashion. Who knew?"

What Your Pet Names Say About You

What Your Pet Names Say About You

What terms should a new couple use to refer to each other? Are they "boyfriend-and-girlfriend"? "Partners"? "Significant others"? Some think of their relationship as so exceptional that it demands an exceptional word. Barbara Wallraff explores what's in a name or a nickname or a pet name and what they say about the couples who throw them around.

The Joy Of The Quickie

The Joy Of The Quickie

Fast doesn't always mean bad; counsels expert Dr. Pepper Schwartz. While wonderful; sometimes tender lovemaking can be touched with a little ennui. Quickies can be the perfect(ly intimate) solution to showing just how desirable your partner is to you.