We started asking ourselves: why would someone ever write to an advice columnist, when history's filled with people who have gone through similar situations? So we started this series so we could get answers from real experience.* This week, we got a letter from a woman whose "boyfriend" doesn't want to break up. Check out what Simone de Beauvoir, Joan of Arc, Marc Antony and more have to tell her.** We call it Dear History. Enjoy.http://youtu.be/DwIS2uCmUEc
Love is one of the great themes throughout history—a history that stretches back far beyond our modern age into a time of legend and folklore. So it figures that many folktales seem to revolve around matters of the heart. In true Halloween spirit, let's recount seven bone-chilling folk tales that are scarier than any horror movie in your Netflix queue.
We now know that a matchmaker is someone who brings two people together in the hopes of arranging a compatible long-term relationship or a marriage, but where did all of the idea of a matchmaker come from in the first place?! Long before the internet or online dating, matchmaking was used across the world as a means to create marriages and partnerships. For all you history buffs out there, here is the inside scoop.
The summer solstice is here and if ancient tradition proves right, today could be the best day of the year for romance, whether you're in a relationship or hoping to meet "the one."
Life magazine's famous 1945 photo of a sailor kissing his gal in Time Square left no doubt to a battle-weary nation that World War II was over. What has always been up for argument, however, is the identity of that smooching couple, caught locking lips 67 years ago today.
The struggle for the gay community to be allowed the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts has been an uphill battle for hundreds of years. Although once upon a time in some corners of the world, homosexuality was viewed as normal behavior, it eventually evolved into something that society decided was evil, and those who were gay were denied basic human rights.
On assignment for COED, this week I took a historical romp into the wild and wonderful world of vibrators. Good Vibrations in San Francisco kicked open its doors on Thursday for the grand opening of the Antique Vibrator Museum. The exhibit covers the "weird and wonderful" world of vibrators from the 1800s to modern-day.
Love triangles can be traced back to their ancient roots in Camelot, where Queen Guinevere was forced to choose between King Arthur and Sir Lancelot. From there, history, literature and movies have been rife with tales of one unfortunate (and usually stunningly beautiful) woman's choice between two ridiculously handsome men.
Ever since we were in pre-kindergarten, Valentine's Day has been marked by cards, flowers, chocolate, and—depending on your luck—that One Special Person. But do you know why Valentine's Day is the way it is? Like 'em or loathe 'em, here we explain the holiday's most popular traditions.
As we grow up, there are many things about our parents that we hope we can inherit: maybe it's your dad's sense of humor and your mother's legs. On the other hand, there are also aspects of them that we hope to leave in their generation (that quick temper? No need to pass that down, thanks). 5 Things To Notice When Meeting His Parents That's why it's worrisome when you witness your parents' bad habits when it comes their relationship. It makes you wonder, "Is that going to be in ten years when I'm married to someone?"
In honor of Women's History Month, we salute 15 women who changed the way we live and love. Who would you add to the list?
The next time you have to endure a lecture about the booming porn industry and society's consequent moral decline, you might want to bring up something that people always seem to forget: pornography is ancient. In other words, there has never been a golden age of porn-free sexual integrity. In between digging for lost civilizations and ancient relics, archaeologists have also found plenty of (potentially) suggestive depictions. Archaeologists believe that visual stimuli evolved as a means of reproduction over the years. Modern society knows how many "tries" it can take for a woman to become pregnant, and sometimes one or both partners needs an extra boost to help him or her get in the mood.
When Elizabeth Gilbert's foreign-born lover was threatened with permanent exile from the United States, she vowed to marry him so that he could attain U.S. citizenship, and so that they could spend the rest of their lives together. But first, she had to come to terms with the institution of marriage itself, an arrangement that had failed her in the past, leaving her loath to ever marry again. Over the course of writing "Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage," the author of "Eat, Pray, Love" finds that there are many reasons to fly in the face of present-day, negative divorce statistics and commit...and none of them have to do with shared health benefits, joint tax returns or life insurance payout.
Newly engaged women flaunt their "rocks," Marilyn Monroe sang about "a girl’s best friend," and being "iced" is the style on the streets. Diamonds have become American icons of wealth and refinement, and while there’s no question that the little gems are something special—diamond is the hardest natural substance known to man—their status today has much more to do with marketing strategy than any inherent quality, and being aware of their history will help you sparkle with both intelligence and style.