Meeting the Parents This Holiday? Here's What You Need to Know

It's that time of year when families gather together to celebrate holidays with laughter, joy, gift-giving, and amazing food. You and the person you've been dating for the better part of the year (or longer) have agreed to meet each other's families this holiday season. You're not sure what is expected of you, but you're eager to make a great impression.Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of your first holiday gathering with your significant other....more
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Janet Mock's Wedding Story Inspires Belief in True Love for All

Have you ever watched a man cast the most perfect gaze at a woman and know, just know that he is utterly and completely in love?  Have you seen the sparkle in his eye when she smiles, the longing when she steps away, the supportive stance he takes when the cameras flash and focus on her? The "I got you, babe" glances that reassure her that she is loved with incredible devotion?...more

Why Are Men the Most-Trusted Relationship Advisors?

Women won’t ever find love without men’s help! Well, at least that’s the rather disturbing message that has been rampantly perpetuated for at least a generation. As it has been men who have dominated the romantic self-help/ life-coaching industries for at least twenty years, the point is clear: If you’re a woman who ever expects to find happiness and love, you must follow these rules established by men who, of course, know you way better than you will ever know yourself. He’s Just Not That Into You…or Anyone, Even Himself ...more
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5 Essential Tips for Modern Kinky Dating

Over the last 2-3 years, there has been a lot of buzz about BDSM, kinky sex, D/s relationships and the like, as the centuries-old alternative lifestyle came to the forefront via mainstream, super popular books and movies. This emergence prompted many people to research and learn more, to dabble and explore, and to open up more publicly about things they could not perhaps explain prior to being given the right language and community support....more
You make some really interesting points. I know basically nada about The Life, but I really ...more

10 Underrated Love Songs to Add to Your 'Love List'

I am Music.I was fortunate enough to be born to two parents for whom music was an essential element of life. I grew up in a home environment in which music always played and I grew up fully understanding the universality of musical communication....more
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For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Remember That Love Doesn't Hurt

The first time someone I (thought I) loved slapped me, I was stunned into silence. I was 16, he was 24, and while there were so many things wrong with our pairing, the physical and emotional abuse were the worst. How does a 16-year-old respond to a hard slap across the cheek in response to saying something he would later say made him feel like "less of a man", when he is bigger and is much stronger? My ears ringing, I paused, completely silenced and stunned that he would strike out at me rather than discuss whatever I said that upset him. It seemed excessive, and I found myself (oddly) doing more to make sense of it than process it as wrong....more
I've seen more of this than I ever could have imagined, and the reach of it is more than I could ...more

Remembering Four Little Girls, Victims of the 1963 Birmingham Bombing

On September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church was destroyed by a horrific act of racial terrorism. Four young ladies, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair, died immediately, and 22 others were injured in the explosion caused by a bomb that had been planted on the church steps near the basement entrance....more
Beautifully written! I remember the pit in my stomach I felt the first time I heard about these ...more

'Mississipi Damned' Hit Entirely Too Close to Home

TW: Sexual abuse of children It happened to me....more
This is so raw and real. I have been following your work for a while and always thought, "This ...more

'Magic Mike XXL' Is Really About the Magic of Women

You need to see Magic Mike XXL.Before you prepare to type a 300-word dissenting opinion, hear me out. Yes, of course Channing Tatum’s body melts even the coldest Ice Queen’s heart and nether regions, but perhaps you’ll consider some things you’d not thought of before, particularly as they relate to the business of pleasure and women’s empowerment....more
Well, now I can't wait to see it! Thanks for the review!more

4 Blogs to Help You Find the Perfect Wedding Gift

I haven't been to a wedding in over five years. This year? I've been invited to FOUR! I can only attend two because of my schedule, but I want to at least try to send a gift to the couples whose ceremonies I will miss.It's easy for me to write a check; I know that's what I wanted when I got married. When a couple has lived together and/or has amassed full homes-worth of items, it seems like money is the best gift to help them get started with their new life as a united, legal entity....more