Lessons on Love and Marriage From Charles Manson and His Fiancée

It turns out that serial killers and the women who love them are just like us. They deal with the same struggles and questions that many of us do: What to do when the bride's mother has an issue with the groom? How to be connected while maintaining boundaries? When and where to register? » 11/20/14 3:40pm Yesterday 3:40pm

Does Dry Shampoo Cause Hair Loss or What?

There are "big questions," like why are we here, and then there are Big Questions, like does dry shampoo make your hair fall out? The former is certainly important, but not if your hair has to be flat and lifeless while pondering it. After seeing this ghastly dry shampoo claim online recently, I decided to investigate. » 11/17/14 3:20pm Monday 3:20pm

Newsflash: You Can't Steal Someone Else's Partner

One day hanging out on the grassy knoll freshman year at college, a free-spirited woman on roller skates approached my boyfriend, who was sitting right beside me. She handed him a note and then floated away mysteriously, her sundress rippling in the breeze behind her. It read: Will you go out with me? Yes or No. I… » 11/08/14 2:47pm 11/08/14 2:47pm

We Are Hardwired to Screw Ourselves Over Until the Day We Die

Think of yourself on your worst behavior: did you construct an elaborate narrative to justify it? Probably. But that narrative is bullshit. The real thing holding us back from growth and genuine happiness is not life in all its absurd, hard, meaningless glory. It's our own series of bullshit loopholes that keep us… » 11/06/14 12:30pm 11/06/14 12:30pm

All That Matters in the Beginning of a Relationship Is Looks

When you think about what matters in a good relationship, you probably think about shared values, or inside jokes, or fun road trips. But picture-driven dating apps like Tinder may be confirming a suspicion many of us do our best to push aside: that all that really matters, at least at first, is looks. » 11/03/14 4:10pm 11/03/14 4:10pm

Woman Sick of 'Wearing the Pants' in Relationship Gets Schooled

Feminism is not just about lifting the oppressive veil of gender expectations off of women — it's also about loosening the necktie of expectation from men. Sometimes, it's women who need to be schooled in this matter, and who better to drop the glisteningly hard slab of Real than Heather Havrilesky at Ask Polly. » 10/26/14 2:15pm 10/26/14 2:15pm

Basic Engagement Ring Rules for Normal People

Debbie Lopez dumped Joseph Torres, but kept the engagement ring. He sued to get it back, but a judge ruled Lopez could keep it because Torres never "properly" proposed when he gifted Lopez the $10,000 ring. The one she wore on her left hand? On her ring finger? You know, like any old gift ring? » 10/24/14 5:00pm 10/24/14 5:00pm

Rich Lady Hates It When Poor Kids Trick-or-Treat In Her Neighborhood

Dear Prudence is often a cesspool of awful people needing awful advice for their awful problems. And then Prudence sometimes gives awful advice. This week, the advice is good, but the question? So awful you may want to take your laptop and throw it against the nearest wall. (I know I did, but Applecare doesn't cover… » 10/24/14 9:30am 10/24/14 9:30am

Is There Any Such Thing as a Dangerous Sex Position?

Do you ever wonder, when you are doing sex with someone, if the position you are in is dangerous? Recently, a site called Likes.com—which cannot be taken seriously under any circumstances—did us the service of informing us about some of these dangerous positions. And they're not particularly obscure ones, like… » 10/14/14 4:30pm 10/14/14 4:30pm

Man Whose Wife Is Too Scared to Blow Him Begs for Advice

Oral copulation is not for everyone. Some people love it (like one date I had who told me he just wanted to "slurp on dicks all day" while we were sitting in the middle of a casual dining establishment) and some, like the wife who refuses even after her husband promised never to come in her mouth, don't. And people… » 10/06/14 6:40pm 10/06/14 6:40pm

How to Tell if Having Kids Will Ruin Your Marriage

I don't know if you've heard, but having kids will destroy your marriage. It used to be just because kids are terrible, but now it's allegedly because everyone is so obsessed with their children. But I say neither of these things will destroy your marriage automatically. Allow me to present a more reasonable way to… » 10/05/14 2:15pm 10/05/14 2:15pm