Life & Love

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that cases of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea have reached a record high, and women have more cause for concern than men. According to the CDC’s recent STD surveillance release, the U.S. has seen a sharp increase in the number of STD cases from 2013 to 2017, salient
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Dear E. Jean: I’m a professor at a small liberal arts college. During a very tempestuous four-year relationship with a scientist, I had sex with his colleague, and he retaliated by having sex with my best friend, so we broke up. Only problem is he’s now getting married, and we’re still talking on the phone
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The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was the blockbuster romcom of the season. It had a viewership —29 million—that would make John Hughes blush. It had a fairy-tale princess—literally—romance, and a classic girl-meets-guy-with-British-accent story arc. Don’t forget the aw-shucks Hollywood close-up: Prince Harry, standing googly-eyed at the altar as his freckled bride-to-be approached.
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Okay everyone, buckle up, because this might be the most insane wedding story you’ll hear this year. On Saturday, one Twitter user, @0lspicykeychain, tweeted screenshots of a status she saw shared in a wedding shaming group on Facebook. (To clarify, a wedding shaming Facebook group is exactly what it sounds like—a place on the internet
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Dear E. Jean: How can we—I’m including most of my girlfriends in this question­—be powerful, successful women and date not-as-successful men? Is it possible to maintain our femininity and earn more money than men and somehow not emasculate them? My girlfriends and I are struggling with this. I think I just lost the love of
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Dear E. Jean: I’m second-in-command of a major municipality, sit on several boards, volunteer my few extra hours a week, and enjoy a whirlwind social calendar. (I was recently described as “the Queen of the Political Scene,” a label I found comical because I was Piggy in my Lord-of-the-Flies-high-school social order.) I’m 29, popular, and
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“Let me see the ring!” It’s the age-old insistence that family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers make after one announces their engagement. But not everyone’s on the bandwagon: some millennials are spending less on engagement rings while others are erasing the word “engagement ring” from their vocabulary completely. So, what it’s like for those people,
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Virgo Season is underway from August 23 to September 22, 2018 as the Sun hunkers down in the virgin’s decorous domain. Time to Konmari your sock drawer, Google every minor ache, scrub down all surfaces with industrial-strength anti-bacterial spray…right? Well, no. While Virgo energy can be discerning and systematic, it is one of the most
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Forty of America’s wokest men are sitting in a circle on a mountaintop in Ojai, California. Many are wearing AllBirds and joggers, taking notes in their Moleskines. The only woman anyone notices is Esther Perel, the 60-year-old, sun-tanned couples’ therapist in jeans, a spaghetti strap top and platform sandals. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below “Masculinity
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Dear E. Jean: I’ve been seeing a married man for a few months. Everything was good. He told me he was “not a cheating asshole” and was “soon divorcing” his wife. I believed him. But then a couple of days ago, we were at a café, and, by chance, his wife walked in with a
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Dear E. Jean: Serious question: Does life actually get better after you get past your twenties? Success was already starting to happen to the Brontë sisters by the time they reached my age: 23. I’m falling behind my peers and feel I can’t catch up! Please tell me the thirties are better. —Your Wilting Gardenia
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Dear E. Jean: My boyfriend of three months just moved to a new place. When I visited, I commented on all the boxes everywhere, and he laughed and pointed out a vibrator on his coffee table. I was surprised and asked if he was making a joke. He wasn’t. I asked where it came from,
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These are dark times for human-device relations. Nosey robot assistants like Alexa and Siri are eavesdropping on us and our cookies—the small pieces of data that collect our preferences and cater advertisements to us—are messing with us. Like that time a pair of sold-out shoes I desperately wanted haunted me across the web for a
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