When my mother got engaged in 1979, she and my father decided against a traditional proposal. There was no expensive dinner, no bended knee and no ring. In the wake of second-wave feminism, my mother felt that a ring served as an unfair indicator that she belonged to my father; she would not wear a symbol to ward off other men if my father did not bear a similar marker.
Has culture surrounding engagement rings changed today? In some ways, it ... Read More
BY Hallie Marks
on Aug 02, 2013
What we seem to know about heterosexual relationships make us believe that women want to settle down, and men want to sleep around, right? We may want to rethink that.
Two recent studies have determined that evolutionarily speaking, men benefit more from monogamy. By studying a variety of animals, the studies' authors found that while a female is certain that a child she births is her own, a male of the same species does not have that same certainty; from a ... Read More
What’s in a name? Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet were able to forsake their last names for love. But Romeo and Juliet were idiots. What does it actually mean, in a 21st century context, to trade in your last name for your spouse’s?
According to a new study (conducted by observing Facebook analytics, of all things) about a third of women who marry in their 20's choose to retain their original last name. This is a considerably larger ... Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Jan 22, 2013
The Feb/Mar issue of BUST is our “Love & Sex” issue, and you’re gonna swoon when you see what’s inside. Indie hunk Jason Schwartzman graces the cover, and tells all about his quirky new flick and a special lady in his life. You’ll also get some drop-dead delicious recipes, DIY tutorials that are too cute to be believed, Japan’s latest dating trend, and some bedroom tricks you won’t learn anywhere ... Read More
Supportive moms have gathered to send a holiday message to all LGBTQ children, teens, and young adults who are without family support and who would like a “stand-in Holiday Mom.” "Your Holiday Mom,” a nonprofit blog, aims to spread a message of love and acceptance to these young people, and let them know that “Your holiday mom loves you as you are."
The project, which will run during the 40 days between Thanksgiving and New Years, features ... Read More
BY Intern Christina
on Jul 26, 2012
News broke yesterday that Kristen Stewart is not just involved in a fictional love triangle with a werewolf and a vampire. In fact, she is the tip of an all too real equilateral between her, her Twilight co-star/(ex?) boyfriend Robert Pattinson and the director of her last film, Snow White and the Hunstman. Not only did she commit infidelity in her own relationship, but she made the other dude an adulterer. That's right, he's married. Kristen is apparently ... Read More
BY Intern Christina
on Jul 24, 2012
We've all heard the grizzly tales of the Craigslist killer. We know that the person on the other end of the ad could be entirely creepy. I try to always bring an intimidating friend along if I'm going to retrieve a free Craigslist item. But what if the person behind a Craigslist post was not only NOT a murderer, but also a sensitive poet?
Enter the missed connections section of Craigslist. Here, people post small descriptions of their encounters with attractive ... Read More
BY Emma Orlow
in Boob Tube
on Jul 05, 2012
Pre-Internet, if you wanted to send a love letter to someone, you’d write it down on paper. Maybe you would add a few x's and o's, stickers, a mixtape (in my romantic imagination), a lipstick kiss for good measure, and send it through snail mail. But today, if you want to send a love letter, would you post it on the Internet? Or even address it to the Internet?
Now, there’s an entire site called “Dear Internet…” dedicated to ... Read More
It's been a long time since the days of Salt & Pepa, with their trusty DJ Spinderella bringing it on the turntables. But female DJs are still bringing it hard, with one of my favorites spinning right now being DJ SoSuperSam. Her off-the-tables name is Samantha Duenas. You might know her from a couple different projects, as she is kind of a Jill of all trades. She worked publicity in LA and frequently guest blogs around the internet about all things style. Most ... Read More
Wonderful news (for me and, I think, humanity)! Proposition 8, the human-rights violation of a California law that tried to deny same-sex couples the right to marry, has been deemed unconstitutional by a federal appeals court. That court's decision came after it spent a whole year hearing arguments from both sides. It now looks like Prop 8 may be on its way to the Supreme Court.
Prop 8, which made marriage in the state legal only between a man and a woman, was ... Read More