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The Least to Most Awkward Greetings, In Order

Greeting a stranger/acquaintance/boyfriend's father is such a stressful experience for me that I sometimes have to remind myself that, no matter how awkward our fumbling hands/faces/bodies are as they smoosh together, it'll all be over and forgotten soon (life is rough). We ranked the best to worst greeting gestures… » 10/01/13 7:00pm 10/01/13 7:00pm

How to Throw a Bachelorette Party that Doesn't Suck

Chances are that at some point in your life, you'll be asked to stand up as Maid of Honor at a friend or relative's wedding. And while the travails of bridesmaidery are vast and varied, one of the more tricky feats involved in being the Maid of Honor is planning a bachelorette party that isn't embarrassing while it's… » 3/23/12 7:20pm 3/23/12 7:20pm

How to Get Your Stuff Back After a Breakup

One of the worst parts of a breakup is when you come to from the initial crying and yelling and flouncing off and realize that your can opener/DVD player/French dictionary/pants are still at your now-ex's house. Or that you are unwillingly in possession of your until-recently-beloved's crap. Luckily, we have some tips… » 3/01/12 5:00pm 3/01/12 5:00pm

How To Quit Worrying About Being Bitchy and Actually Assert Yourself

When you're a lady — even if you're smart, together, and tough — standing up for yourself can be pretty difficult. Women are supposed to smooth things over, be nice to everybody, and defuse conflict rather than cause it — so asking for anything at all controversial can seem transgressive or even bitchy. Here's how to… » 1/19/12 3:30pm 1/19/12 3:30pm

How to Help a Friend Through an Abortion

After we discussed helping a friend deal with a miscarriage, a reader asked us for tips on how to support a friend in the similarly sensitive situation of going through an abortion. From the decision process to the aftermath, abortion can bring up complicated emotions — but we have some advice on helping your friend… » 1/05/12 4:00pm 1/05/12 4:00pm

How To Keep Your Social Life Alive In A Long-Distance Relationship

Especially now that jobs are hard to come by, a lot of people find themselves in long-distance relationships. And there's a lot of advice about to manage such relationships. But what about the rest of your life — how do you keep up with your friends when you're always jetting off to see your partner? Below, some tips… » 11/10/11 3:40pm 11/10/11 3:40pm