The Links: Cutting To The Chase

the chase

Caught in the friend zone, flirting and the other woman.

Lots doing in the world of love and relationships these days, so we'll get right to it, and that's the theme of this week's list: cut to the chase.

Our pals at Asylum have a story about a restaurant chain in Thailand called Cabbages And Condoms. They believe in forgoing pretext and safe sex. It is now my favorite establishment, surpassing Tattoos and Cappuccinos.

The Frisky has an excellent essay / letter from the other woman. She is not apologizing and says she's not explaining herself, then she sorta explains herself. Well, if you're not gonna get straight talk from the other woman, who are you gonna get it from?

Speaking of a one-night stand, the crew at Betty Confidential gives you all you need to know about convincing a guy to hit on you. Quick aside: tying a cherry stem into a knot in your mouth. It's impossible or stupid or both. Read: 5 Shy-Guy Pick-Up Moves

Until recently, the guy was expected to do all of the heavy lifting from a flirting standpoint. Things have changed and because of the changing times, Lost Plum is the one worried about being caught in the friend zone.

And the Tom Miller of Marie Claire, Rich Santos, laments the fact that he's really good friends with plenty of ladies but gets caught in the friend zone when he's looking for upside. The sex and sex acts. Dangit, being a boyfriend without benefits is rough. Read: How To Break  Up With An Almost Boyfriend

The team at Lemondrop let us know that men are attracted to different women depending on their stress-level. And I thought it was the women that you were attracted to that caused the stress. – This has been your Borscht Belt joke of the day.

Sometimes your stress-level results in a failed marriage. Therese Borchard from the Huffington Post talks about 7 ways to get by post-divorce depression. Vigorous self-pleasuring is just assumed, I assume. 

My friend Simone Grant recently experienced a cut-to-the-chase moment when a recent date, sensing that things were floundering, blurted out, "but I have a rope." Check out the rest of it. Read: A Shy Girl's Guide To Embracing Her Kinky Side

Speaking of spicing things up, Divine Caroline questions if humans maybe are hardwired for monogamy. Let me help ya out, NOPE! Read: Monogamy Is Good, And It's Here To Stay

And monogamy isn't really easy, especially for engineers. Nerve breaks down the careers that are most likely to cheat. My theory is that engineers weren't getting none in college and after they've made some bank, feel like they're ready to sow some oats they missed during their college years. Did I mention I have an engineering degree? But I was one of the cool ones then, so I don't have to cheat now. Crap.

And the guys at VerySmartBrothas breakdown 8 unspoken rules of sex and sex lives. A number 9 would be you must automatically compare notes when you find out that you and a friend slept with the same person. Read: One-Night Stand Rules

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