By Melissa Wall for HowAboutWe
When Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA surveillance scandal, he was prepared. After telling his longterm girlfriend that he would "have to be away for a few weeks for work," he left for Hong Kong and has been holing up in a hotel room ever since. Snowden doesn't know what will happen next, and he may never see his girlfriend again.
Whether you think Snowden is a champion of democracy or a narcissist who took the law into his own hands, his was a relationship that was torn apart by a government scandal. His girlfriend, an innocent party, may never have her life be the same. And she will not be the first woman to find herself and her relationship embroiled in political turmoil. Here are 5 other tragic tales of love and/or relationships torn apart by government intervention.
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1. Aung San Suu Kyi
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Under house arrest in her home country of Burma, imprisoned by a hostile and oppressive regime, she was
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.Quick: describe what sex feels like in one word. Hopefully, you chose something along the lines of "fantastic" or "orgasmic." But for some, words like "uncomfortable" or "intolerable" would be far more accurate.
If your sexual encounters are met with irritating or even excruciating pain, there's a wide range of reasons this could be happening - from a lack of lubrication to a rare disorder, or even a partially intact hymen. But, most importantly, there are ways to fight back and reclaim an amazing, pain-free sex life.
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The first step is to figure out what's wrong. More often than not, especially if you've never experienced painful sex before, your symptoms are caused by an infection. "Vaginal or pelvic inflammation from a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, or chlamydia can cause significant pain," says Dr. Leah Millheiser, assistant clinical professor at Stanford University Medical Center
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Kanye and Kim Another day, another tabloid story about trouble in Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's relationship. Today's gossipy report is from Star (yes, we know-it's not exactly CNN) and it claims that West cheated on his pregnant reality star girlfriend with a 24-year-old Canadian model after meeting at one of his shows last July.
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According to the tabloid, Leyla Ghobadi was introduced to West after he spotted her in the crowd during a concert at Revel in Atlantic City in July 2012 (which is ironically the same spot where he announced that Kardashian was carrying his baby in December.)
Reportedly, he was incredibly aggressive and asked her to come back to his hotel suite, where he allegedly revealed that his situation with Kardashian wasn't all sunshine and roses. "He told me that [his relationship with Kim] was for publicity and nothing serious," she claims.
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contraceptionI was able to get a Monday morning doctors appointment, but I have to wait for over an hour in the waiting room before I get seen. I'm conscious of the ticking clock; I'm missing work, the parking meter, the deadline on the care I need. When I finally get taken back, the nurse practitioner asks me a lot of questions. I answer them in a hurry and cut to the chase. I need the Morning After Pill. A condom broke Saturday night. It's Monday. I need to take it soon for it to work. She's skeptical. She looks at the dates I've given her and says it's unlikely I'll get pregnant. Unlikely is too risky for me. I'm 25. I'm single. I make $15,000 per year and live with roommates. The encounter that resulted in the broken condom is the beginning of a relationship, but I don't know that yet. I CAN'T get pregnant. My life does not allow for that possibility. I reiterate my need for the Morning After Pill. The nurse practitioner writes me the prescription and sends me on my way. I go to the pharmacyRead More »from Why One Mom's Thrilled Emergency Contraception Will Be Available Over the Counter
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Marriage brings a lot of positive attributes into your life; never being alone, living with your best friend, having another person to help you with whatever struggles you may be having, and many, many more. But even though marriage has many positives, there are obviously some tough parts of marriage and I learned about those tough parts early on in my marriage. In fact, my first month of marriage was a real eye opener. I learned pretty quickly that there were parts of marriage that took some getting used to, but that's just a part of marriage as well. Eventually I learned to adjust to those difficult parts, but I still get reminders of them every now and again. Click through for the 7 most difficult parts of marriage! -By Cody CoombsRead More »from Bawl and Chain: The 7 Most Difficult Parts of Marriage
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Hookup with this nerd once and only once.Ah, college. It's like the brand-new semi-adult version of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Waffles for dinner. Sweatpants to class. Caffeine in the middle of the night. You kids is crazy! While your young mind is being molded and your young body is still pliable enough not to want to quit after five bottles of Stella Artois and go to sleep, here are the boys you will have undoubtedly outgrown by the time you receive your (useless) liberal arts degree - but are essential to date and/or hook up with and/or sensually eat dining hall cheese fries with in the meantime.Read More »from 9 Guys You Must Hook Up with in College – and Then Never Again
And if it ever gets boring, just remember how awesome you thought dating college guys was in high school. That always worked for me.
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9. The floormate/housemate.
After you leave school, any unwise hookup decisions will probably be made in the context of the workplace. But that's even more inappropriate. Wouldn't you rather just get it out of your system and bang the cute guy who writes Arrested Development
Shirley Stewart and Rashid Smith exchanged vows in the frame department at IKEA on Saturday. Eight years earlier, the couple had met in the exact same spot inside the Elizabeth, New Jersey store.Read More »from Couple Marries in IKEA Where They Met
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- EMandLO.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Jun 11, 2013 11:24 AM EDT
ABC's Bachelorette will give one final rose to the guy she believes to be the man of her dreams!
1. Never steal a kiss. "I have a secret to tell you"? It's like a sucker punch: cheap and ignoble. If you have to fake someone out to get them to kiss you, then you shouldn't be kissing them in the first place.
2. The pain killers you get at the E.R. are just as good as Jack Daniels at screwing your romantic courage to the sticking place (as Shakespeare might say). And the pain from a broken appendage is a lot less shameful than the pain from a hangover the next day.
3. While honesty is the best policy, opening your first date with the admission that you have a child with a crazy ex who pressed domestic violence charges against you is probably not the smoothest of moves. (Almost better to admit you were once gay.)
4. Seriously, we said it before, we'll say it again: Actual laughter in the face of other people's tragedies is not cool (Des). Yes, maybe admitting on national television that you fell for your jerk boyf's line about needing a break for the exact amount of time itRead More »from Top 5 Lessons Learned from Episode 3 of the Bachelorette
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NASA's space program. But what about Janet Armstrong, Joan Aldrin, Annie Glenn? Or Susan Borman, Jane Conrad, and Sue Bean?Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and John Glenn have been household names since the dawn of Read More »from Marriage Secrets of America's First Astronaut Wives: When Your Husband's Office is Space
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Those are just a few of the women behind America’s first astronauts, who raised children, ran households, and dazzled the public by putting on brave faces for reporters, always looking perfectly stylish as they rode, like celebrities, in motorcades.
But behind the scenes, they dealt with rocky marriages, political pressure, relentless groupies, and the ever-present fear that their husbands would be shot into space and never come home again. Together, they formed support networks that are still going strong. Now, decades later, Lily Koppel’s new book “The Astronaut Wives Club” tells their many fascinating stories.
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