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  • 11 Things Women Should Absolutely Not Do on Tinder

    Boobs might not be a good idea on Tinder, but maybe this is. Boobs might not be a good idea on Tinder, but maybe this is. For the record, no one's boobs look good when magnified by ten and cropped to fill an entire profile picture. No matter how great your rack is.

    By David Fox

    I first heard about Tinder, the app known as Grindr for straight people, from a friend several months ago. I joined partly out of curiosity, and partly in hopes I'd easily meet a summer (or, let's be realistic - one-night) fling. But once on the app, which matches men and women based on geographic location and Facebook interests, I quickly discovered that a number of women on The Tinder could be a girl (the girl) I bring home to Mom. People on the app want to get laid, but many of them also want to get consistently laid by the same person. You know, have a relationship. Most of my female acquaintances on the app reported learning the same of the guys. And now, Tinder seems less like a hook-up app than the de facto tool for virtually vetting potential life partners (worry about your awkward "how we met" story later). I've

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  • 6 Coworkers No One Warns You About

    Not everybody can be BFF at work.Starting a new job is pretty much exactly the same as being the new kid on the first day of school. You wear your best outfit, you have no idea where you're going, you're not quite sure how lunch works (do the cool kids eat at the cafeteria or bring from home?), but for the most part, everyone is really helpful and nice to you. Until you realize that a certain percentage of them are secretly crazy and horrible in ways that no one warned you about. These coworkers can actually be worse - and tend to be harder to spot - than a crazy boss. Let's review so you can be prepared:

    By Alexandra Martell

    1. The Coworker Who Refuses to Get on the Same Boat as Everyone Else
    Remember how much you hated doing group projects in school, because there was always that one person who just refused to get on board with the rest of the group? You know the one: he gets an idea in his head, right or wrong, and refuses to let it go until you've sent him about 17 emails explaining the problem.

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  • 8 Cringe-Worthy Stories of when PDA Goes Too Far

    Don't be this couple.We're all for showing affection when we're out and about with our dudes. But there is certainly a line where displaying some love goes from warm and fuzzy to downright grody. Here are eight can't-believe-they're real stories of PDA that was taken to a whole 'nother level. Don't try these...ever.

    By Natasha Burton

    1. The Double Cup-Age
    "I was at an outdoor concert listening to the band play when I saw the couple in front of me sitting with their hands down the backside of each other's pants, cupping each other's butts if you will. The dude's crack was totally showing, too. Ick." -Alex, 26

    2. The Mile High Fondle
    "On a recent flight, I sat with a European couple who was very touchy. But I was still surprised when I woke up from a mid-flight nap to see the woman giving the guy a handjob under the airline blanket. Right next to me." -Rene, 27

    3. The Sea Monster Spotting
    "Every time I go on a tropical vacation, it seems like there is always that one couple obviously sexing it up in

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  • 6 Designers Sneak Peeks at NYFW Spring 2014

    Prepare for a "gang of rainbow warriors" with some French Riviera glamour for good measure.

    By Carly Cardellino

    New York Fashion Week is nigh-inspiring the usual mix of excitement and anxiety. Allow these lovely croquis sketches-as well as what inspired these designers' collections-to give you a closer at what to scoop up come March!

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  • 10 Things You Should Never Say About Your Ex

    For your own sake, don't say these things about him post-breakup.For your own sake, don't say these things about him post-breakup.Obviously, when you end things with your a-hole, jerky ex, all you wanna do is talk about what a jerky a-hole he is. But before you launch into a tirade about his emotional unavailability, check out these expert tips on the etiquette of what not to say after your relationship is dunzo-at least for your own sake.

    By Natasha Burton

    1. He was broke.
    Everyone has a different lifestyle and just because he couldn't match yours, that doesn't mean he's a bad guy-or even cheap. Don't sound high maintenance by complaining about his lack of funds.

    2. Everything he thought/did/said was terrible.
    Even though you broke up, you shouldn't systematically annihilate of every good thing he did or every good time you had. If someone brings up a great memory of the two of you, take a deep breath and avoid the urge to say, "Yeah, but what about the time he did [insert something horrible here]." And definitely don't badmouth your ex to the max in front of your new man. If your current BF thinks you may

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  • New Study: The Best Way to Lose Weight is to Change Your Lifestyle

    Snooki credits her weight loss to her lifestyle change.Snooki credits her weight loss to her lifestyle change.If you've been cutting carbs, sugar, or actual food this summer to keep that bikini bod looking svelte, well, stop. Not only because depriving yourself of yummy delights like bread is sad face central, but because diets alone don't actually do much, new research shows.

    By Natasha Burton

    Here's the skinny: Researchers Sherry Pagoto of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Bradley Appelhans of the Rush University Medical Center have pulled together a number of studies showing that various types of diets only produce moderate success rates when people simply change how they eat.

    Related: 12 Surprising Weight-Loss Tricks

    "The amount of resources that have gone into studying 'what' to eat is incredible, and years of research indicate that it doesn't really matter, as long as overall calories are reduced," Appelhans explained to LiveScience.

    What will help with weight loss? Three lifestyle changes must take place in order for those pounds to come off:

    1. Dietary counseling,

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  • Women Are Happiest with Their Butt-Naked Selves at Age 34

    Elle MacPherson is the number one celebrity bikini body women desire.Elle MacPherson is the number one celebrity bikini body women desire.While we as a gender are trained to wake up every morning in a cold sweat because we are one day closer to the inevitable droopy, saggy, leathery, non-sexual phase of our lives, twenty-something women who splash out on too many anti-aging creams and serums can chill out.

    By Anna Breslaw

    According to the Telegraph via Jezebel, who reported on a study from a UK skin care and body firm, the average age of women's peak satisfaction with their bodies is 34.

    Related: "Knee Lifts" Are a Thing Now

    That's somewhat older than I thought it would be, but it makes sense - you're old enough to give two shits about how you look naked, but young enough that you're not hitting the dreaded mid-life physical changes yet.

    Related: Women Be Bugging About Their Madonna-Esque Grandma Hands

    Researchers also attributed this to women in their 30s knowing what diet and exercise works best for their systems, as well as possessing the image self-confidence that comes with being in a stable, loving

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  • "Fifty Shades" Casting Update: Charlie Hunnam Will Not Be Playing Christian Grey

    Charlie HunnamCharlie HunnamOh, Fifty Shades of Grey movie. So many questions. So few answers.

    By Natasha Burton

    First, the director's husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, put rumors to rest that he'd be taking on the role, now Pacific Rim's Charlie Hunnam is out too. At this point, we'll take any solid info we can get on the movie's casting, so we were delighted to learn that yet another actor is out of the running to play Christian Grey.

    Related: Meet the (Female!) Director for the Fifty Shades Flick

    According to a statement from Hunnam's rep, the British babe will not be starring in the film/going full frontal to play our fave kinky sex stallion. Which we weren't really all that sad about until we saw the picture above.

    Are you sure you don't want to reconsider, Char? For us?

    Still, any news is good news in our books becauseā€¦process of elimination, yo. Now, we just need every other adult male in Hollywood to chime in that he's not playing Christian until there is one man left standing: Ryan Gosling.

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  • Millennials Might Not Be the Hookup Generation After All, Says Study

    The college hookup culture has been the same for years.There's been a lot of hand-wringing among a certain faction of the older set about the overly liberal sexual proclivities of the next generation. (I think there has, at least - I feel like I saw a 60 Minutes segment about "sexting" on an airplane once. Hi, I'm old.)

    By Sam Lansky

    And yet! A new study out of the University of Portland suggests that sexual behavior among college students has remained largely consistent over the last 25 years, with recent college students of the so-called hookup era no more likely to have engaged in "frequent sex or more sexual partners during the past year or more sexual partners since turning 18 than undergraduates from the earlier era." Findings are to be presented in full at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, which basically goes down like the movie Caligula because age ain't nothin' but a number - at the end of the day, we all freaks. Am I right or am I right?

    Related: The Big Fat Myth About Friends With Benefits

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  • 5 Sexy Summer Flings—Should You Love Him or Leave Him?

    Your summer fling: a Danny & Sandy affair.Oh, summer flings. They are the best and the worst. It's never easy deciding if you should dump your summer dude or hold on to him through fall. We had dating expert Marni Battista help us figure out if you should ditch his ass or keep him.

    By Dara Adeeyo

    1. The High School Boyfriend

    The Situation: He's the Zach to your Kelly, and you love him and everything, but you're going to different colleges hours apart. Should you try to make it work long-distance or forget it?

    What You Should Do: Ditch his ass.

    Hear us out: It'll be hard, but holding on to your high school boyfriend is like holding on to your past. "College is your time to re-invent yourself, not spend hours on video chat talking to your high school flame while the rest of your dorm is exploring new adventures and making new friends," Battista says.

    2. The Summer Coworker

    The Situation: You bonded over fetching coffees, bitching about your boss, happy hour drinks, and make outs. But should you take Intern Boy

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