Your daily round-up of love, sex, dating and relationship news and links. Love adventure? Try marriage in the sky, where you get married on a platform and bungee jump with your new spouse immediately after the ceremony. Chinaview.cn (includes pictures). Office romance is so mainstream now that less than 5% of HR professionals think it's bad. Canada.com. All those charity donations could have a positive side-effect: altruism makes you sexually attractive, according to a new study. Science Daily. The difference between sexual desire and romantic love, discussed. Cognitive Daily. Is he boyfriend material? Sometimes straight men have sex with other straight men. Psychology Today.
Politics is causing strife in the relationships of Ohio State college students. The Lantern. The redheads aren't having relationship troubles though, because thy just want to have sex. OkCupid polled 10,000 college students and found some important statistics: redheads are more likely to be confident in bed and want a threesome than blondes or brunettes. (Although our Managing Editor swears she's never seen a redhead on the Girls Gone Wild commercials.) MaketWatch. Are arranged marraiges making a comeback? One author argues that love marriages are overrated. Times Online.Asian-Americans in California oppose gay marriage. Random? SFGate.
Money matters are stressing out Australian couples. In a new survey 40% of couples said financial pressure put a great strain on their relationships, up from 18% in 2006.The Sydney Morning Herald. Those financially troubled Aussies better not travel to Britain, where government is considering a ban on free drinks for women. Single? You'll have to buy your own cocktails or smile pretty at the guy across the bar and hope he gets the hint. (We recommend the former.) BBC. If you're secretly schtupping your boss, get ready to show some in-office appreciation: Thursday is Boss's Day. StreetInsider.com.
Australian online dating site Dating Down Under is offering safety tips to internet love-seekers. Don't invite HotGuy39 to your house without first meeting him in a public place! But when you do invite him over, use protection! Gay men are increasingly having unprotected sex. Straight ladies, this is relevant to you because some of those dudes have sex with women, too. If you find out he's been going bareback with someone else, you may want to breakup. The Standard has a good list of ridiculous breakup lines. (You want to regain your virginity?)
Stop worrying about your boyfriend's obsession with supermodels: seeing Giselle Bundchen's body in a g-string is not as stimulating as you might think. Can't stop fretting? Too bad; unlike Giselle's body, relationships cannot be perfect. Still obsessed with perfection? Good news: a new computer program that alters people's faces to confirm to popular beauty standards doesn't always make people more attractive. Really cool slideshow here. Now that you're at peace with your quirky facial structure and non-perfect relationship, it's time to celebrate with other non-conformists. An Indian state is pushing to legalize the rights of the unmarried wives in polygamist families and other women (including the "other woman") who live with a man but are not married to him.
Ending your marriage isn't easy. So when you approach your spouse do so with honesty and integrity. Don't place blame, acknowledge your role in the breakdown of the marriage and be clear. Often, a spouse can be so overwhelmed by the news that they fail to process what is actually happening. So listen to your spouse. Empathize with them so they are not on the defensive. Also, it is okay to recognize your feelings of sadness and shame, but stay clear and firm on your decision to end your marriage. It also helps to consult with a lawyer before you speak with your spouse and if you feel like your spouse might react in a violent or negative manner, have the conversation in a public place.
From The Des Moines Register By Jennifer Jacobs The erotic corn dog eating contest at the Iowa State Fair might have to go away. The competition, which is organized by a Des Moines area radio station and tends to draw a raucous and appreciative crowd, is too tasteless, according to at least one fair board member. After the topic came up Monday during the board’s critique of this year’s state fair, fair manager Gary Slater said he hasn’t seen it himself. Tango’s Take