Jessica Simpson began dating former NFL player Eric Johnson in May, and last week he popped the question and she said yes, debuting her glitzy engagement ring at a mall appearance Saturday. I've never been engaged, but I am very cautious about relationships. In fact, I'd be afraid to even speak of marriage unless we'd been together for three solid years. Married friends have told me, though, I wouldn't feel that way if it were the right person. I still think a lifelong commitment requires prudence, and I almost never use that word, but what does unmarried me know? Would you get engaged if you'd only been dating for under a year? Take our poll here.
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- POPSUGAR Love & Sex | Love + Sex – Wed, Nov 17, 2010 10:55 PM EST
Jessica Simpson began dating former NFL player Eric Johnson in May, and last week he popped the question and she said yes, debuting her glitzy engagement ring at a mall appearance Saturday. I've never been engaged, but I am very cautious about relationships. In fact, I'd be afraid to even speak of marriage unless we'd been together for three solid years. Married friends have told me, though, I wouldn't feel that way if it were the right person. I still think a lifelong commitment requires prudence, and I almost never use that word, but what does unmarried me know? Would you get engaged if you'd only been dating for under a year? Take our poll here.Read More »from Would You Get Engaged After Dating For Less Than a Year?
During National Novel Writing Month, aspiring writers challenge themselves to write a novel of 50,000 words or more. I decided to chat with a professional novelist - Nina LaCour, author of YA hit Hold Still - to find out if this is a good idea. Good news: she thinks it is. Find out five reasons to write a novel now:
- It's fun: "Writing is difficult and can be frustrating, but it's ultimately fun because you get to create and inhabit this other world for a while. I have my own life, and then I get to live the lives of my characters. It's almost like you gain experiences by imagining people's lives."
- You learn new skills: "My characters are in high school photography class, so I learned how to develop film in a dark room. I learned something that I never knew I would learn because my characters were doing it and I wanted to write about it in an authentic way. I enrolled in a class and learned how to expose and develop photos."
- You get to know yourself: "It's a
Every generation might mistakenly think it invented sex, but people who have gone to college over the last decade have actually contributed to the rise of something new: campus sex columns. Speaking with USA Today about his new book, Sex and the University: Celebrity, Controversy, and a Student Journalism Revolution, author Daniel Reimold explains that sex advice columns have become mainstream in college newspapers and how they have helped young people navigate the current dating landscape. Here are three things we can learn from his work reading more than 2,500 campus sex columns.
- Dating rules are dead: "Chivalry is gone, dating is passé, gender roles reversed. There's no blueprint for how students are supposed to act with each other. The columnists are asking, 'Is this really good for us?'"
- Abstinence gets love : "We all have sex in common, even those who remain chaste. And the columns deal as much with the abstinence side of things."
- The Internet makes kids
As the author of three bestselling books, including What Your Mother Never Told You About Sex, Dr. Hilda Hutcherson has a lot to teach us. I caught up with the successful gynecologist, known for her message of empowerment, at the Women's Conference last week and asked her what five things every woman should do right now to guarantee a healthier and happier sex life. Here are her tips!
- Know your body: "As a gynecologist for over 20 years I've found that most women really don't understand their body parts and how those body parts. Learn your body by exploring it and finding out how it responds."
- Realize you deserve sex: "In my practice I've found that there are many women who feel they don't deserve sex. They view sex as something that is for men, and something that they give to their partners. So they want to be good in bed, meaning that they want to wow their sexual partner. They want to blow his mind. You look at most women magazines and they talk about how to drive him
A pack of pencils, AAA batteries, a tennis racket; bad presents come in all sorts of unfortunately wrapped packages. Earlier this week I asked what the worst present a boyfriend ever gave you was, and you all chimed in with some pretty sad gifts! Now that the PopSugar Network's annual gift guides are in the holiday spirit, let's take a minute to commiserate over bad presents from holidays past. Maybe we'll clue in a few lost boyfriends in the process!
- A "vibrating pillow that was supposed to simulate him being in bed breathing beside me since we were in a LDR." - ManiMartinixo
- "He gave me an apron and some baking utensils. I don't bake." - Yellowshoe
- "He wouldn't take the day off for my birthday, and fed-exed me ankle weights from his office." - Anonymous
- "Flares for 'road side emergencies.'" - lickety split
- "A digital picture frame. He also got one for his mom and sister." - onlysourcherry
- "A DVD box set of the TV show The OC. I live in Orange County but I
- POPSUGAR Love & Sex | Love + Sex – Tue, Nov 2, 2010 9:55 PM EDT
It's hard to believe Jessica Simpson's been in the public eye for a decade. Interviewed by California First Lady Maria Shriver at this week's Women's Conference, an annual event held to inspire, educate, and empower women, Jessica talked about how she finds strength to deal with media scrutiny while sharing what inspires her. Having just turned 30, Jessica has a fresh perspective on beauty and self-acceptance. I attended the panel last night; find out what I learned below.Read More »from Jessica Simpson Dishes on Fried Steak, Photoshop, and Mom
On the impact of Photoshop: It's interesting to see yourself Photoshopped - it's the perfect version of yourself according to each editor. You think, "Oh they don't like that mole, or that bump in my nose." Even I look at an airbrushed photo and think I wish I was as beautiful as that picture of me.
On how she builds self-esteem: I write in a journal, and that helps me get to know myself. It's therapeutic for me.
On the power of mothers: The most inspirational person in my life is my mom. It's important for
When it comes to finding someone you're compatible with, there are many factors, and it's not as simple as one plus one equals two.Read More »from What's the Best Indicator of a Good Match?
But if you look at online dating sites, you see a list of categories meant to find your "match." Some sites are even built on certain compatibility measures, such as favorite books, your level of attractiveness (or unattractiveness), your political beliefs, or even your salad preferences.
Besides those, there are religious beliefs, financial situations, personalities, and a slew of likes and dislikes from movies to restaurants to take into account.
In your opinion, what do you think is the best indicator of a good match? Can it be broken down into a category? Or do these factors get tossed out the window when you meet "the one?"
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After nine years of matching couples in adulterous bliss, AshleyMadison.com has accumulated enough info to be crunched into a study about what people look for in affairs. The initial finding is as trite as a midlife crisis: men will take pretty much any sex they can get, while women are choosy. What exactly are women holding out for in a second home of a relationship?
- A part-time commitment: When creating a profile at AshleyMadison, would-be cheaters choose what type of relationship they're looking for. Options range from anything goes, cyber affair/erotic chat, and whatever excites me, to short term, long term, and undecided. Women chose "long term" two-thirds more often, while men chose "anything goes."
- Their satisfaction first: While younger, single women (the average female age in this study was 39) may be concerned with being the perfect girlfriend, women looking for affairs are consumed with their own desires. They went into far greater detail when describing the
While some married women browse adultery dating sites looking for a part-time affair, wives of NFL players are attempting to protect their marriages from infidelity. Three wives have created a business, called Off the Market, which sets up invitation-only events for NFL couples intended to help them socialize together while on the road and reinforce their commitment to a fun, healthy, sexy - and faithful relationship. It will be an uphill battle. Marriages involving a professional athlete have a losing record, and experts blame ego and opportunities. One sports psychologist told ABC News that women know what they're getting into: "The husband isn't going to be home for six months and he's going to be fawned and fussed upon." He continued, "If you drive a car 50,000 miles a year, you are going to have more accidents." Nonetheless, the Off the Market women are still planning couples retreats and offering advice to spouses on their Facebook page. Some of the latest advice: "Cater to yourRead More »from NFL Wives Try to Decrease the Odds of Infidelity
If your relationship has so many problems that downloading an iPhone app sounds helpful, then maybe the problem is bigger than you think. Don't get me wrong. I'm all for using technology to improve relationships, but these apps go beyond facilitating communication. It's like 1970s psychotherapy suspended in time and entered into the app store. One, DTR, asks you to take your relationship's "daily temperature reading" by sending a note of five "feelings, hopes, dreams, and cares" about your relationship every single day. If you're fighting so often that you can't keep track, there's an app for that. FightTracker not only allows you to monitor how frequent your spats are, but you can record a fight in real time. I'm sure that goes over well - I've always wanted to know what I sound like yelling! Fix a Fight allows you to identify the "feeling" words, like "angry," "hurt," or "homicidal," you experience after an argument, but I kind of like the sound of Mind Over Marriage. Type the gistRead More »from iPhone Apps to Improve Your Relationship, or Not