Guy Ritchie walks away from Madonna's money for the sake of the kids.
Between the alleged affair with A-Rod and the rumored absence of pre-nup we expected to still be talking about Madonna and Guy's divorce when the Material Girl turned 60. According to the Times Online, Guy has simply walked away from Madge's money in exchange for Rocco and David splitting their time between England and the US.
Loveyoubut.com pays tribute to the trivial annoyances that can ruin relationships.
Alex Holder and Ross Neil got together three years ago and made an effort to be honest with each other about the little quirks that can quickly drive a partner mad. The couple, both creatives at a London ad agency, recently launched a website featuring possible endings to the "I love you, but..." declaration. Ross drew pictures to accompany the phrases, and the result is loveyoubut.com, an amusing, often cringe-worthy tribute to the relationship dealbreaker.
You'll be the ultimate daughter-in-law (or should be) with one of these hostess gifts in hand.
Nothing can strike fear into the most confident of women like a mother-in-law. A close second? A future mother-in-law (FMIL), or even more terrifying, meeting his mom for the first time (contain your shrieks of terror!) as she hosts you for the holidays.
Sure, most FMILs are warm-hearted, apron-donning rays of sunshine. But just in case you need to win her over, here are the perfect hostess (with a twist) gifts. With these in hand, you'll prove you're the one for her son.
Chivalrous vampires are the "latest craze," says NPR.
What surprised me, a feminist, about vampire young adult novels? It was hot how both young men in the books I read were so chivalrous to their ladies. I don't just mean the "life or death" protection. The boys opened car doors, pulled out chairs and even defended their ladies' honor in front of schoolyard bullies. Both of these vampires were teenagers in different centuries and practice centuries-old gender roles.
Real teenage boys? Chivalry is dead, my friends, and it can't decide who should pay for dinner.
These Albanian "sworn virgins" lived like men—but with their hymens intact.
Meet Albania's "sworn virgins." These poor, rural Albanian matrons chose decades ago (almost a century ago, in some cases) to live as virgins in order to be the "head of the household," in the absence of male heirs. In this patriarchal society, instead of marrying and becoming wives and mothers, these women act as fathers to their sisters and take care of the "man's business."
What happens when growing up means growing out of your marriage?
Today, the majority of couples getting married are older and already out of college. However, many couples still marry young. Couples who marry young face a lot of challenges and benefits not experienced by the older and wiser couples. When you are in college many of your goals, dreams and ambitions haven't been clearly defined. And as the couples grow, they must learn to adapt and change with their spouse. For Katie Thompson growing old with her husband meant growing a part. Katie had to learn how to redefine her marriage after they had both matured into different people. For some couples growing together into different people works. For others, it's a deal breaker.
Study: "traditional" men who don't want their wives to work get more $$.
According to the Journal of Applied Psychology, in 1979 researchers at the University of Florida asked over 12,000 men and women between the ages of 14 and 22 about their opinions on "traditional" and "untraditional" roles for women. (Of course, middle- and lower-class women have always worked a job or two, in addition to raising kids, but still the idea that it is "tradition" for women to be stay-at-home moms persists.) Researchers checked in with their study subjects three times in the ensuing two decades and found that men, more often then women, held "traditional" ideas about women working outside the home but also that these men tended to earn more. The (slightly) good news? Women with "untraditional" views earn $1,500 more than women with "traditional" views, but that's a small consolation. (That's, like, one new MacBook laptop.)