Women prefer men with feminine features, according to a new study. Men with square jaws, larger noses, and smaller eyes - aka masculine features - were seen by female participants as more dominant, less faithful, worse parents, and less warm. On the other hand, men with fuller lips, wide eyes, and thinner, more shapely eyebrows were judged as better long-term partners. But not all women had the same preferences - women from countries with poorer health preferred more masculine men. While I'm not going to assume that a man's feminine features actually say anything about his worthiness as a partner, I will weigh in on what I believe to be the more superficial pros and cons of dating less-manly men.
Pro: Full lips, defined by the study as a feminine feature, are fun to kiss!
Con: It can be confusing to date someone who's "prettier" than you are.
Pro: You can share a stylist. Remember when Gwen and Brad had matching highlights?
Con: He uses your pricey beauty products instead of his
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Women prefer men with feminine features, according to a new study. Men with square jaws, larger noses, and smaller eyes - aka masculine features - were seen by female participants as more dominant, less faithful, worse parents, and less warm. On the other hand, men with fuller lips, wide eyes, and thinner, more shapely eyebrows were judged as better long-term partners. But not all women had the same preferences - women from countries with poorer health preferred more masculine men. While I'm not going to assume that a man's feminine features actually say anything about his worthiness as a partner, I will weigh in on what I believe to be the more superficial pros and cons of dating less-manly men.Read More »from Pros and Cons of Dating Feminine Men
- POPSUGAR Love & Sex | Love + Sex – Tue, Mar 23, 2010 9:10 PM EDT
Here's the thing about bald men: they live longer (but with less hair). That's according to a new study that found men who go bald by 30 appear less likely to develop prostate cancer. Young men go bald thanks to a high level of testosterone - but the manly hormone also wards off tumors. When it comes to turnoffs, most of you agree that wearing pink is a no no and that being rude to the waitstaff on a first date is a deal breaker. But what about baldness? Do you prefer a man with a full-head of hair, or is baldness, and the newfound health benefits that come with it, a turn on for you?Read More »from Give Those Balding Boys a Second Look â€” They're Healthy!
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- POPSUGAR Love & Sex | Work + Money – Tue, Mar 16, 2010 9:20 PM EDT
I once read the secret of staying together is staying together. But is it that easy (or hard)? Marriage used to be a lot easier to arrange - especially if done for you! - but now the longer people wait the more of a decision it becomes. Maybe they know what they want and have less patience for what they don't, but can it go too far? So many relationships speed off from the gate only to crash at the sixth-month line. Of course, every situation is unique, but here are three times when we may be giving up too soon.
- Jumping in too fast: People in love with the idea of love are always looking for that high. And as soon as it's gone, so are they. This is especially common among serial monogamists and, I may be biased, men.
- Big ponds: This is especially true if you live in a city, but even if you don't the Internet makes our dating options endless. There's always some perfect imaginary person around the next corner.
- Great expectations: People expect
- POPSUGAR Love & Sex | Love + Sex – Tue, Mar 16, 2010 9:15 PM EDT
In the new movie She's Out of My League, underdog Kirk (Jay Baruchel) manages to catch the eye of über-hot Molly (Alice Eve). While this may be a great premise for a flick, how does dating an "average" guy play out in real life? I would argue that there are benefits to being in a relationship with someone more unassuming and less chiseled than the McDreamy or Don Draper type. Here are five reasons why you shouldn't shy away from the average Joe.
- He knows his strengths: Guys who recognize that their looks are less than perfect know what they are and aren't good at. Great-looking guys may think that everything they touch turns to gold, when often that isn't the case. Exhibit A: Dr. Drew Baird on 30 Rock.
- He's not an attention w----: He isn't used to nonstop attention, so in group situations he allows you to shine and isn't always trying to steal the spotlight.
- It's all about you: He's a great listener and is OK with spending a mellow
Hollywood romances aren't built to last, but these couples have defied expectations and stayed together. Which is really something - for anyone! From longtime couples like Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell to newer ones like Heidi Klum and Seal, see how time has changed these red-carpet couples.
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I once spent more months trying to get out of a relationship than months actually in it. It happens. Breaking up is a process, and few people can kick the habit on the first try.
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- POPSUGAR Love & Sex | Love + Sex – Wed, Mar 3, 2010 2:52 AM EST
Not long after former lovers Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish parted ways last weekend did parting shots come from their respective camps. The exes's reps tell two different stories: Abbie's says she ended the relationship, while Ryan's says he "ended the relationship and asked her to move out of his house." Ouch. After a breakup, do you try to set the record straight about who dumped whom, or do you take the "mutual decision" high road?
- POPSUGAR Love & Sex | Work + Money – Wed, Feb 24, 2010 12:18 AM EST
Let's be honest, Tiger Woods's press conference today was as much about offering an apology as it was about repairing his public image. Judged on that goal, I think he did a pretty good job. We may have been expecting much more, since Tiger waited months to finally speak, but alas, he wasn't going to offer up any more details than he had to. Next time a famous person has to publicly apologize for infidelity (and we know there will be a next time), here are a few things they can learn from the golfer.
- Bring your mom, not your betrayed wife. When politicians like Eliot Spitzer have their wives stand behind them, it comes off like they're using their partners to look better. Instead, Tiger brought his mother, who appeared rightfully upset in the audience.
- Stand up for your wife. Tiger only had nice things to say about Elin, and rightfully so. Although when he told the public "not to blame Elin," it left me thinking, "um, no one is blaming Elin."
- Be specific, but
There are so many perfect and weird words to describe complicated emotions in other languages that I wish someone would go on a crusade to educate everyone. I went through a few hundred words with no direct English translation, which oddly there seems to be no word for. Perhaps Jeffrey Eugenides explained it best in Middlesex.
Emotions, in my experience aren't covered by single words. I don't believe in "sadness," "joy," or "regret." … I'd like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic traincar constructions like, say, "the happiness that attends disaster." Or: "the disappointment of sleeping with one's fantasy." ... I'd like to have a word for "the sadness inspired by failing restaurants" as well as for "the excitement of getting a room with a minibar."
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Knowing whether or not you like a guy should be easy enough, but all too often I hear friends arguing a case, mostly to themselves, for why they keep seeing someone. There may be something to say for giving a guy a chance, but the longer you stay the harder it is to leave. Here are five signs to save you from the lukewarm romance of Mr. Good Enough.
- "He's really nice": If you find yourself rationalizing that he's a nice guy, a good guy that you should give a chance, then be friends. Maybe he'll grow on you?
- He's perfect on paper: Throw the paper away, and accept that he who is perfect on paper is almost never perfect in real life - and vice versa!
- You forget to respond: Whether it's his email, text, IM, or call, if something else is so interesting that you forget about him, then you might as well forget him now.
- You like his friends better than him: If you'd rather hang out with him and his friends than with him alone (or you're using them to gain