I Tried BroApp and It Did Not Turn Me Into an Awesome Boyfriend

Every day on my way to work, I spend the entire train ride deleting inane press releases from my email inbox. Diet pills? Delete. A series of seminars on how to convince your boyfriend to propose? Delete. The launch of a new cake flavored vodka made especially for tampon soakage? .... Archive. But the other week, one… » 3/05/14 12:58pm 3/05/14 12:58pm

What's the Weirdest Lie A Love Interest Has Ever Told You?

No relationship is entirely devoid of secrets; I once went out with a guy for 6 months without him knowing where I lived (I forget why I did this; I was 24 and now that I think of it, the whole thing may have been an experiment? I don't know). But whoever said all's fair in love and war has obviously never attempted to … » 10/10/13 5:10pm 10/10/13 5:10pm

How to Be Friends With a Congresswoman

Congress isn't exactly the most welcoming place in the country for women — on a scale of lady friendliness, it probably falls somewhere between "NFL locker room after a big loss" and "XBox Live chatroom." Women in Washington are on their own, but for each other. And when they do find each other, they form the sort of bond… » 9/12/12 11:40am 9/12/12 11:40am

Women Are Awkwardly Attempting to Go to Lunch With New Internet Friends

Let's just be honest for a second: making female friends is hard in a new city. You want to be like, "Hey, want to get a drink sometime?" and then you don't because you're scared, and then a few days later she Tweets something about how much she likes Dane Cook or how much she hates abortion, and you're like "FUUUUUU," and … » 7/14/12 3:45pm 7/14/12 3:45pm

Gifts For Someone You're Planning To Dump

We don't recommend breaking up with your significant other around the holidays. Don't break up with them right before Christmas, right after Christmas, and definitely not on the actual day of Christmas. The same goes for Hannukkah, Kwanzaa, and any other holiday you may be celebrating this December — including New… » 12/06/11 2:35pm 12/06/11 2:35pm

Area Girlfriend Upset By Discovery of Boyfriend's Saved Relationship…

It's difficult to feel cherished when we know that our partners are still carrying emotional baggage from previous romantic entanglements, but it's especially difficult when that emotional baggage manifests itself in the form of actual pieces of crap that used to belong to his ex-girlfriend. And what if he refuses to… » 10/10/11 6:30pm 10/10/11 6:30pm

How The "Good Guys Are Hard To Find" Narrative Hurts Women

It's not news that girls are feeling more pressure than ever to be perfect. As I've written before in my posts on the Martha Complex, this generation of teen girls is more stressed about, well, everything, than any generation of women before them.* The pressure to do well in school, the pressure to please parents and… » 4/11/11 3:00pm 4/11/11 3:00pm

Are Your Girlfriends More Important Than Your Boyfriends?


This morning, the Today Show had a segment on how vital female friendships are to a woman's mental and, surprisingly, physical health. A statistic quoted is that women who have strong bonds with their girlfriends cut their chances of dying young by 60%. We have to admit that the footage of women talking about their… » 9/17/07 1:00pm 9/17/07 1:00pm