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  • Being Single Costs HOW Much?

    CN Digital Studioby Gena Kaufman, Glamour

    I think this line from The Atlantic pretty much sums it up: "Over a lifetime, unmarried women can pay as much as a million dollars more than their married counterparts for healthcare, taxes, and more." (emphasis mine) But don't worry, I'll cover some of their specifics too.

    Authors Lisa Arnold and Christina Campbell, two self-proclaimed "straight women with no desire to get married", realized that even though they don't care that much about marriage, the government and corporations do. So, they decided to bust out their math skills and calculate the lifetime cost of being single in America, comparing four hypothetical Virginia women: two single women and two married women, one of each at the salaries of $40,000 and $80,000. (The married women's husbands were given salaries of $51,000 and $103,000, accounting for the $1.00 a man makes to a woman's 78 cents.) (Barf.)

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  • Do All Women Discuss Their Sex Life with Their Friends?

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    by Gena Kaufman, Glamour

    In a post-Sex and the City world, all women know every intimate detail of their friends' sex lives, and in fact, discuss matters like penis size and "funky spunk" loudly over brunch in the presence of their babies and their waitresses. (Side note: Men now fear women's public laughter.) What's that? No, that's probably not entirely accurate? True. But in my personal experience, girlfriends do tend to discuss their sex lives at least a little!

    According to adult product company AdamandEve.com, and its "Great American Sex Survey," women are more likely to gab. Of participants who were asked "Do you share intimate details of your sex life with friends?" 30% of the female respondents said that they did, while only 18% of men copped to it.

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    First of all….only 30% of women? Really, you guys? Like, no details at all?!? I mean, I'm not going to take a snapshot of his orgasm face to pass around at the next book club

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  • Is Your Relationship Meant to Be? One Way to Find Out Fast

    Christian Horan

    by Melissa Melms, Glamour

    Thinking of taking your first vacation away with your boyfriend (or girlfriend!)? While you're probably excited and thinking of all that hot vacation sex you're going to have, take a minute to prepare yourself for the fact that it could be a huge test in your relationship. I'm serious!

    Yes, I'm still in vacation mode. I went to Aruba with my parents, sister, cousin and J over New Year's and had a blast ringing in 2013 with the people I love. All I can think about this week back at work is being back there on the beach and how much fun I had with J and my family, which normally could have been a stressful situation (family + close quarters = drama).



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    It's also got me thinking back to a not so great vacation I went on back in college with my ex. We spent a week at Disney World and I can still remember this huge fight we had during one of those Main Street parades at Magic Kingdom. I should have realized

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  • What His Eye Color Says About Him

    by Gena Kaufman, Glamour

    Aside from the ubiquity of "Brown Eyed Girl" on random playlists everywhere, I feel like you blue-eyed folks always get all the attention while us brownies are blandly forgotten. But science is finally giving us some love. Well, at least it's giving brown-eyed men their day in the sun.

    After asking 240 people to rate photographs of 40 men and 40 women with either brown or blue eyes for trustworthiness, researchers found that brown eyes were seen as more trustworthy than blue, especially in men. This seemed kind of duh-worthy to me-blue eyes might be more attention-grabbing, but they're often described as "piercing" whereas brown are described as "warm." However, it got more interesting with the catch in the researchers next study...

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    This time around, the researchers used the same faces but digitally swapped the eye color of each person. The raters gave the same faces the same level of trustworthiness, despite the new eye

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  • Man Vs. Woman: Who is Grumpier in the Morning?

    by Gena Kaufman, Glamour

    Very, very important Battle of the Sexes: Who's the bigger grumpster dumpster in the morning?

    And surprise: it's us, ladies. We're totally morning beasts! According to a survey of 2,000 people in London, women are totally grumpier than men, with some accused by their colleagues of "being a strop" in the a.m. hours. "Strop" is British slang for "Get this beyotch some coffee," I think.

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    Anecdotally, I'd have to agree. I'm never less happy than when my alarm goes off in the morning, and I've basically worn a hole in my snooze button. Beware, the future boyfriend who has the pleasure of waking up next to me on a Monday morning, especially if I ever again find myself in a job where I have to do more than roll out of bed to start working. My last boyfriend and I were pretty much on the same oversleeping page, so I think we just subconsciously agreed to be miserable together, silently, most mornings. But I imagine mornings could get

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  • The Top 5 Ways to Get a Man to Approach You, According to a Dating Coach

    by Gena Kaufman, Glamour

    I don't know about you guys, but I hardly ever meet guys in regular life situations. You may have noticed that most of the dating escapades I tell you about are of the online persuasion. Which is fine, and I'll continue to try that angle, but it would be nice once in a while to just meet a guy the old-fashioned way, right? (By old-fashioned I mean like, at a bar. Not an arranged marriage or anything.)

    But I never quite know how to make it happen. Although I'm a friendly person, I'm definitely on the shy side about making the first move. All you braver ladies out there who can do it, I salute you. But for those of us that are a little more reserved, how do you get the guys to come to you?

    In order to figure out how to make things happen off the Internet, I spoke to expert Adam LoDolce, who gives advice to both men and women as "The Dating Confidence Coach". His new e-book, The Top 5 Reasons Why Quality Guys Are NOT Approaching You (and How to Change That)

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  • 2013 Resolutions, According to 8 Guys

    by Gena Kaufman, Glamour

    OK ladies, we've all made our resolutions to lose weight and find a boyfriend in 2013 because we're total clichés, right? Wrong! I mean, except that I do kind of want to do both those things but I have more important resolutions to make like to stop waiting until I can write my name in the dust to clean and to finally watch Downton Abbey so I'm not left out of conversations anymore.

    Aaanyway, the point is that women make a lot of different resolutions and so do men. To give you a glimpse into the mind of men in 2013, we asked a few guys to share their goals for the upcoming year. Here they are:

    "My resolution this year is to better myself:
    - Save $10,000
    - Quit biting my fingernails
    - Complete a full marathon (this may be the toughest one, haha!)
    - Read at least one book a month
    - Visit my family at least 3 times this year
    - Take a single vacation to a destination I've never been
    - Get engaged (this might actually be the toughest since I'm currently

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  • 10 Dating and Relationship Topics We Don’t Want to Hear About Anymore in 2013

    by Gena Kaufman, Glamour

    While the past year brought us some amazing moments in romance, it also brought us some crap we'd rather forget. Here are ten topics we talked about this year that we're kind of hoping we don't have to talk about any more in 2013 (fingers crossed!).

    "Nice Guys." We've all encountered these guys (and their offensive reactions to rejection), we've talked about it, and this month something started calling them out on the Internet at Nice Guys of OKC. In 2013, please let guys know that niceness is basic decency, not the sole qualification to get laid, and that a woman who just wants to be friends is not pure evil.

    Sex to sell really weird things. We like sex, but we don't need it draped all over an advertisement for a coffin. We never want sex giving us the heebie jeebies so please stop.

    Sexuality shame. Remember the man who offered money for a man to marry his lesbian daughter? Or how Cynthia Nixon hesitated to identify herself as a bisexual and felt she had to

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  • 2013 Resolution: Have Sex with the Lights

    by Melissa Melms, Glamour

    Happy New Year, you guys! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and some insane NYE parties. And since it's the beginning of 2013, it's time to take a good look at those resolutions you're planning.

    OK, I'll go first. This year, I'm vowing to have sex with the lights on more often. I'll admit it, I've had body image issues my entire life. I'm constantly worrying about my pants size and whether or not those M&Ms I ate are going to show.

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    I'm just not entirely comfortable in my own body yet; it's a work in progress. J, on the other hand, loves my body. He loved me ten pounds heavier and he loves me now (post-workout kick). And I want to feel as comfortable with my own body as he is with it. I'm talking walk-around-the-house-buck-naked confident. And that's why one of my resolutions is to have sex with the lights on. To J, "Sexy is a girl who wants to have sex with the lights on." And maybe this Read More »from 2013 Resolution: Have Sex with the Lights
  • 14 Reasons Why Winter is the Worst Season for Dating

    by Gena Kaufman, Glamour

    It is officially the first day of winter which means that fall, my personal favorite season for dating, is over. And unfortunately, it's replaced by the worst three-month period for romance of the year as far as I'm concerned.

    Sure, it has its redeeming qualities--romantic ice skating and hot cocoa dates, rosy cheeks, men in scarves (my favorite!)--but it has so many, many more downers in the world of love. From the freezing temperatures to the unfortunate physical side effects, here is a collection of things about winter that make dating just a little less fun:

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    1. Unflattering winter coats and layers.
    2. No matter how much snuggling and cuddling you do, it's still too cold to really want to take your clothes off.
    3. And it's definitely too cold for a sexy peek of skin in your outfit. What am I supposed to attract men with, my wit and charm? (JK. Kind of.)
    4. Speaking of skin, winter skin: Pasty, dry, flaky. Sexy!
    5.

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