I am pretty sure that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and sometimes we really like being tied up despite having a pleasant, if unremarkable upbringing and having great respect for our friends, lovers and neighbors. Mommy and daddy issues are frequently convenient excuses for "embarrassing" desires we've been taught to believe are "sinful."
The popularity of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" has opened up a number of issues regarding BDSM, feminism and sexual power dynamics. More than the book's reach, the conversations have begun about exactly how many people are into this kind of sex and why they enjoy it. We're a strange animal.
Stay-at-home dads and breadwinning moms may be the norm soon, predicts Liza Mundy in her new book, "The Richer Sex." She points out that "almost forty percent of U.S. working wives now outearn their husbands," and that traditional gender roles are a thing of the past. It's not surprising, given that society's view of women has rapidly changed in the past century. But what does this mean for relationships?
Not only is March Women's History Month, but today is International Women's Day, a day to celebrate everything women have achieved, and remember that we still have a long way to go. Today we're thankful for the reasons to celebrate women's progress, as well as mindful of the setbacks we still have to grapple with.
What would happen if men and women switched gender roles, so that men were the ones getting hit on in the bar and spending their Saturdays obsessively shopping, and women were the ones who had to pay cover, use cheesy pickup lines and leave the toilet seat up?
Melissa McCarthy has been capturing the hearts of television viewers for over a decade. In the early 2000s, she played the lovable, scatter-brained Snookie on 'Gilmore Girls.' Last year, she won an Emmy for her new television role as Molly in the comedy series, 'Mike & Molly.'
#1: I Can't Stand Someone Who Likes to Spend Excessive Time as a Couch Potato. There's nothing wrong with relaxing, but being in a relationship with a couch potato can get old fast. In fact, men are so wary of lazy women that it sneaks into the Top Ten list of Can't Stands.
In the early 1990's, a writer and relationship counselor by the name of John Gray, Ph.D. wrote a little book you may have heard of: Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. When the book was published in 1992, it became a pop culture phenomenon that eventually led to more books, seminars, a TV sitcom and even a one-man Broadway show.
Thanks to the courageous female pioneers of the past few centuries, women now have the same rights as men (thanks Susan B. & co!). Though the sexes still aren't 100 percent equal, us ladies are certainly working hard to be respected as much as our male counterparts. The latest struggle we've almost won? Infidelity!
Aside from the obvious factors that are necessary for marital success, men and women should derive pleasure from each others femininity and masculinity. Regardless of sexual orientation, if you can not revel in your partner's distinct gender traits, maybe you are with the wrong person.
Sometime between my high school years and full-fledged adulthood, it seems that it's become okay for men to not take the lead. I think I can speak for many women when I say we're not too happy about this trend. Here are a few things that we wish most men still did.
Every now and then, science does us a favor and sheds some much-needed light on the differences between men and women. Given the number of misconceptions there are about love, a group of psychologists took it upon themselves to review existing research and debunk six sex and gender myths most of us believe, although we shouldn't.