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Would Your Husband Be Able to Handle the Household If You Died?

In a recent chat with some lady friends, I was surprised to learn that the married 20 and 30-somethings all felt that if they died first, their husbands would be left completely incapable of handling bills, kids, even changing the sheets. The seemingly retro commercial trope of that oafish, inept husband seemed,… » 8/27/15 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

Interview With a Millennial Dad Who Admits He's a Shitty Feminist

Relationships can feel pretty equal until a baby shows up, when suddenly even the most progressive couples are waylaid by the tyrannical demands of child-rearing. Women become baby-feeding machines, and men do what they can—some more than others. At least one such dude has admitted he was not, in fact, doing all he… » 8/23/15 2:00pm Sunday 2:00pm

The Women of Ancient Egypt Were All About Prenups

Couples in ancient Egypt had the legal right to draw up pre or postnuptial agreements—before or during their marriage—to ensure that wives would get a decent-to-hefty financial payout if the relationship failed. Praise be to Isis, goddess of womanhood, marriage, and getting your ass paid. » 8/13/15 3:55pm 8/13/15 3:55pm

What Is 'Ethical Cheating,' and Is It Right for You? (Our Guess: No)

Some ideas seem inherently paradoxical, like “jumbo shrimp,” or now, “ethical cheating”—also known as having your cake and eating it with someone better looking a few times a week. It is a potential panacea for millions of people suffering silently through the unending marriage epidemic. But is it right for you? Let’s… » 8/10/15 1:10pm 8/10/15 1:10pm

Quirky Man Woos, Eventually Marries Woman By Quirkily Faving Her Tweets

The New York Times’ Vows section is a great place to read painfully dull love stories about couples with higher net worths than you. They tend to be about people who are so blinded by love of their love that they share every part of it—from the paint-by-numbers first date to the outfit she wore when he proposed—as if… » 8/10/15 12:15pm 8/10/15 12:15pm

It's the Little Disagreements That Tear a Marriage Apart

If you’re trying to make a relationship last, you’re probably trying to guard against the big fuck-ups when you think about keeping things together—the secret flirtations, the secret major purchases, hell, the secret other families. But what if it turns out the big things don’t matter anywhere near as much as the… » 7/26/15 1:15pm 7/26/15 1:15pm

Would You Hesitate to Marry a Person Who Was Super Deep in Debt?

Of all the things you wish to align between you and your partner—values, procreative plans, a shared love for bad reality TV—perhaps debt should be higher on that list, particularly when research shows that money conflict tends to correlate with divorce. Have you ever asked yourself: How much debt is too much for love… » 7/25/15 3:30pm 7/25/15 3:30pm

Man Says Letting His Wife Sleep Around Helped Him ‘Get’ Feminism

Open marriage can teach its participants about a lot of things—trust, communication, attraction, the limits of our own possessive and jealous hearts—and now we’ve got one more to add to the list, with this one man who says that agreeing to sleep with other people has helped him finally get feminism. Readers, however,… » 7/21/15 2:30pm 7/21/15 2:30pm

Study: People Who Get Married After 32 Are More Likely To Get Divorced

Conventional wisdom has said that people who wait longer to get married are less likely to get divorced. Like, if you actually intimately know your future husband or wife you are less likely to discover five years later that they are just a bunch of children stacked on top of one another (emotionally, I mean). » 7/16/15 11:45pm 7/16/15 11:45pm

Number of Women Keeping Their Name After Marriage is on the Rise 

The New York Times’ data blog, The Upshot, has found that more and more women are keeping their names after marriage. According to a Google Consumer Survey, nearly 20% of women are now choosing to keep their name, with another 10% hyphenating or continuing to use their name professionally.
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Please Don’t Tell Your Engaged Friend She’ll 'Make a Beautiful Bride'

When a woman’s Facebook relationship status switches to “engaged,” the comments that ensue are pretty predictable. There are OMGs, congratulations, the ring emoji, the couple-holding-hands emoji, the smiley-face-with-hearts-in-place-of-eyes emoji... You get the picture. » 6/26/15 1:10pm 6/26/15 1:10pm

The Downside to Earning More: Your Husband Is More Likely to Cheat

This just in from Cool, Bewildering News About How People Really Are: A study published in the American Sociological Review has found that one way to help cheat-proof your relationship is to make about the same amount of money as your spouse. Because, when one of you makes a lot more, the lower earner becomes more… » 6/10/15 1:40pm 6/10/15 1:40pm