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Can I Find Love If I'm Transgendered?
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Can I Find Love If I'm Transgendered?

The truth is, I struggle with my own pain and shame that feels especially sharp in relation to dating, relationships, and sex. You see, my dears, I was born with the wrong parts—more specifically the wrong sexual parts. You’ve most likely heard it before: “I was born in the wrong body.” Yep, that’s right, I am a transsexual woman. The truth is, I struggle with my own pain and shame that feels especially sharp in relation to dating, relationships, and sex. You see, my dears, I was born with the wrong parts—more specifically the wrong sexual parts. You’ve most likely heard it before: “I was born in the wrong body.” Yep, that’s right, I am a transsexual woman.

A Dating Site For Smarties
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A Dating Site For Smarties

A new niche dating site has opened for intelligent people. It's called IntelligentpEople.com. So, when smart folks keep on striking out at the bar because they only want to talk about Kafka, the have somewhere to turn.

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Matchmaking 2.0

Venture Beat introduced us to engage.com, the 21st-century version of Love Connection. Sort of. The web site has all the usual functions of an online dating site, plus offering its users the capability to make matches. Like total strangers. Defining your destiny.

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Big Brother Takes On Internet Dating

According to the sun-sentinel.com, NJ has passed legislation requiring online dating sites to disclose their background check policies, and Florida is attempting to pass a bill that would require sites to prominently post whether they required background checks and how they are performed. Action has been taken in response to an increase in fraud. A high-risk target: lonely, widowed women with healthy savings accounts. (No offense Florida, but you do have a ton of, um, older folks, so we’d be watching out for them, too.)

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Match-Making Perfection

In the endless search for the ultimate online dating site (tough job, huh?), we came dangerously close to perfection with BharatMatrimony.com. The Financial Times profiled the site this week, offering a favorable review—and we couldn’t agree more. Now, this is a niche site, dedicated to Indian match-matching (sorry, rest of the world), but it should serve as a model for other dating sites. (And brick-and-mortars: The company has more than 100 walk-in centers for those who aren’t so computer-savvy.)

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Can I Buy You a Virtual Drink?

So weird. That's how we sum up virtual dating. Apparently, stats show that the dating trend is taking off, but we don't believe it. Sites like omnidate.com offer users a platform to not just “online date” but to go to a bar, chat it up, and flirt with another user.

No Fuss Dating
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No Fuss Dating

There are a ton of internet dating venues out there from the all-inclusive Match.com to niche sites like Green Friends and FarmersOnly.com. But here's a different sort of niche made for "social, outgoing and adventurous people" as a solution for those times "you just want to go out immediately with reckless abandon!"

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Is Single Virtually Lonely?

A lot of the single people are so busy or distracted that they can’t focus on a pursuing a new relationship at the moment. Still surrounded by family, friends and possibly an overwhelming career, yes. But lonely, they definitely are not. I can’t help but wonder, if Facebook sees our single status equating to loneliness, does the rest of the world see it the same way?

With This Bone, I Thee Wed
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With This Bone, I Thee Wed

boneIf you thought wearing a vial of blood to prove your devotion was creepy—a la Angie in her pre-Brad days, get this: Design And The Elastic Mind, a current exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art, has two even more omigoth-ish trends on display. While the exhibit isn't about personal relationships per se, but rather a multimedia meditation on humans' ever-changing love affair with technology, visitors will find such curious attractions as engagement rings grown from bone marrow cells and, from Spanish designer Ana Mir, a selection of goodies for the lovestruck, ranging from a cotton thread and human hair necklace, to Sweet Love foot jewelry, a bright, vaguely gummy-looking candy meant to eaten from between the toes of your beloved.

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In All the Wrong Places

Ahh, Craigslist. It's a great place to network on jobs, apartments and even a possible relationship, although that's really not my thing. If I were to do the "courting over the internet" thing I would prefer the Mercedes of mating sites like Match.com or Nerve or what not...and this is why.

NASCAR* Does Dating
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NASCAR* Does Dating

A new online dating site wants to help race fans meet other race fans. The theory is that there are roughly 75 million NASCAR fans and that even if only a small percentage of them are single and looking that there could be a real opportunity. And NASCAR fans are a fun, crazy lot. This could be a good thing.

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Life as a Hottie

Like getting in early on a skyrocketing tech stock or claiming to have worn vintage Jordans before they were cool, it feels good to be attached to something that’s hot. A.J. Jacobs, author of the forthcoming A Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible and Esquire Editor-at-Large had enough of his friends' joking urgings for him to pull a "Jude Law" and decided to create and manage—with his wife’s blessing—an online dating profile for his two-year-old son’s sweet, “normal-lipped Angelina Jolie” of a nanny. As any woman ever to post her profile online has experienced, Jacobs-as-Nanny was bombarded with a fair share of slimy and/or cheesy pick-up lines. It didn’t take long for him to make a list of “instant deal breakers.” Here are some of our favorites:

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Don't Steal My (Dating) Identity!

Forget your credit cards. What the latest rash of identity thieves is after is your clever turn-of-phrase. According to a recent feature in the Wall Street Journal, cut-and-paste personalities—in which the dull and ordinary crib anything from crafty headlines to entire profiles from the unsuspecting and witty—is the new black market. But cheaters never prosper, and their odds of getting laid aren't looking too good either. Consider the brainiac who borrowed the phrase, "I write award-winning operas" for his own dating profile. Only, halfway through their first cocktail, his date realized he wouldn't know Pavarotti from a Pinot, and he was forced to 'fess up.

Dating Services Help Wall Streeters Find Love
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Dating Services Help Wall Streeters Find Love

Some people don't have time for dating. They have too much work to do to meet people in the traditional way. This becomes a problem eventually. So they're able to use their big bucks to buy premium service. That's where high-end matchmakers come in. For only $20,000 they'll give you 18 months of help. If you break it down, it's still pretty expensive.

Online Dating Industry Vs. Background Checks
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Online Dating Industry Vs. Background Checks

Online dating sites are in a little bit of a row about the use of background checks. True.com bumps its user list against state databases of criminals. Some critics think that this is at best a token effort and legislation is being passed that requires companies to take certain minimal steps.

Online Dating For Mafia Widows?
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Online Dating For Mafia Widows?

A recent sweep up of 80 mobsters has created a unique business opportunity, online dating. A number of women could be without husbands for a while. They may need to be able to find a good fella. And who doesn't love niche dating?