Love, sex and Relationships

Relationships

The problem with 'punching above your weight'

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LAUREN SMELCHER SAMS Why it's time to ditch the old-fashioned concept of 'dating within our league'?

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Office relationships

Why it's okay to have a 'work husband'

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PIP DOYLE There has to be a smouldering slow burn in the background that stokes this fire, right?

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The sex ed class that should never have happened

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CLEMENTINE FORD If there's one thing you should never teach teenage girls, it's this.

Anatomy of an affair

Why even happily married people cheat

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Hanna Rosin Spouses in happy marriages have affairs. So what are we all looking for?

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Sex myths

Are women less suited to monogamy than men?

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SARAH MACDONALD Sarah Macdonald on how to climb back up the sexual cliff.

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Paltrow-Martin split

What is 'conscious uncoupling' anyway?

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Sharon Jayson The phrase "conscious uncoupling" -- referring to the split announced on Tuesday by Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin after more than 10 years of marriage and two children -- has academics and social scientists buzzing.

Dating don'ts

Relationship advice to ignore in your 30s

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JEAN HANNAH EDELSTEIN Let's break down the heteronormative guide to everlasting love, shall we?

Online dating

You can really find love on the internet, photo series shows

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Effie Mann 'We Met On The Internet' is photographic evidence.

Female condom

The female condom is making a comeback

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Sophie Cousins Here's why we shouldn't be too quick to judge.

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'Cohabitation effect'

There's no such thing as the 'cohabitation effect'

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Jessica Grose No, living together before marriage does not lead to divorce.

Myth busted

Women want as much sex as men

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COSIMA MARRINER This US author believes it's time society gave up on preconceptions of women's desire.

The matchmaking trap

People play matchmaker to make themselves happier

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KASEY EDWARDS Think that blind date your friend set you up on had your best interests at heart? Think again.

Unplug for love

Relationships suffer when we don't unplug

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Thea O'connor Friday is the National Day of Unplugging when families, parents and couples are encouraged to unplug and reconnect.

Study finds men and women retire for different reasons

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COSIMA MARRINER Men think about their bank balances or their health when deciding when to retire while women quit work when they need to care for their spouse or want to spend more time with their families, research shows.

Self sabotage

Why do people self-sabotage new relationships?

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ALICE WILLIAMS If you watch sitcoms or beer ads, you’ll be used to seeing this kind of behaviour written off with a shake of the head and a ‘women be crazy’, but it's much deeper than that.

Difficult relatives

When your sibling is an ass

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ALICE WILLIAMS Difficult relatives are easy to manage when they’re in your extended family, but what if the issue lies closer to home?

Fake boyfriends

The times you need a fake boyfriend

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JEAN HANNAH EDELSTEIN Every single woman knows that a fake boyfriend is always there for you in times of social awkwardness.

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The best friend problem

Maybe nobody should have a BFF

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ANNIE STEVENS Why having one best friend is a flawed concept.

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Gay couples on film

Stunning photographs depict gay couples across the globe

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Effie Mann Photographer Braden Summers travelled to six countries to prove that no matter where you are, love is love.

The Ultimate Ranking of Romantic Comedy Bachelors

Titanic

They say money can't buy you love, but what about fidelity at the very least?

Sex after 70

Sex in your 70s might be the best of your life

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Iris Krasnow We're really looking forward to our "Giddy Golden Girls" period

Single ladies

Stop telling single women they're fabulous!

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Sara Eckel Being unmarried is now a life choice that gives women power. Can we all collectively drop the air of condescension?

Against all odds

Finding love when you least expected it

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Amy Mills Sometimes relationships flourish in the most fragile of circumstances.

Old timey love

Selfless love has become an impossible dream

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JEAN HANNAH EDELSTEIN A surfeit of life choices challenges the kindness that marked previous generations.

Valentines Day cards for geeks are delightful

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Laura Vitto Sweetly absurd Valentine's Day cards featuring some of geek culture's biggest heroes may make you rethink getting involved in a Hallmark holiday.

Real funny

Why women aren’t always attracted to ‘funny’ guys

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Amanda Hess A shared sense of humour can foster intimacy, but jokes can also be wielded as a tool to avoid getting too close.

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Single Swedes

Those poor Swedish singles

Family values: Crown Princess Victoria Of Sweden with her daughter Princess Estelle.

From afar, the Nordic countries look like the promised land...

Male escorts

The women who hire male escorts

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BENJAMIN LAW And the men who fulfill their needs.

The breakup season

Does rejection sting more in summer?

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Megan Nicol Reed It can happen to anyone, at any time, anywhere, and it never goes away.

Happy relationships

Are gay couples happier than straight ones?

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ALECIA SIMMONDS Three things gay couples do better than the heteros in their relationships.

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Wedding trends 2104

Six wedding trends to watch out for in 2014

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PIP DOYLE When I say watch out, upon reading this article I mean to say, ‘Watch out!’

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Amateur porn

How amateur porn hurts women

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Rebecca Hiscott Can sites that share user created porn be properly policed so as to protect its participants?

Awkward pep talks

The advice every woman gets on her 30th birthday

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Megan Greenwell The well-meaning pep talk that no one really wants (or needs) to hear.

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Saying "I don't"

What don't you get about 'we're not getting married'?

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Diana Hughes Marriage not the right path for some, and they’ve accepted that. Now it’s your turn to accept it too.

Awkward dilemma

Being friends with someone you find attractive

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ANDREW P STREET Must friendships and sexual attraction be mutually exclusive?

Kinky cities

Cairns is Australia's sexiest postcode

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ANNIE STEVENS Who knew the folk up north were so adventurous?

What if your 'ideal man' is a dad?

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Jocelyn Brewer Until recently, Jocelyn Brewer had two rules when it comes to dating – no smokers or fathers.

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Introvert v extrovert

When your partner is more popular than you

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EFFIE MANN When opposites attract you make room for friction and friends.

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Social experiment

Man lasts two hours pretending to be a woman on an online dating site

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NICOLE ELPHICK It shouldn't take a 'social experiment' by a man to reveal the objectification faced by women.

Is polygamy the next frontier?

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John Schwartz Polygamy as a lifestyle choice, and a reality television brand name.

Lulu

Brazilian man sues date-ranking app Lulu

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Kate Knibbs Felippo de Almeida Scolari, a 28-year-old law student in Sao Paulo, claims the man-ranking app violates Brazilian law.

Relationships

"Is he going to propose on your holiday?"

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ANNIE STEVENS All of the problems with this question, and the uprising of holiday proposal fever.

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Crazy women

Stop labelling women 'crazy'

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Harris O’Malley "It's a habit that we men need to break; it's damaging to relationships... and hurts women."

The bisexual debate

When bisexuality is seen as a 'cop-out'

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Michael Schulman Why do so many people still see bisexuality as a form of being in the closet?

Love lessons

12 incredible pieces of relationship advice from comedians

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Annie Colbert Including: "before you marry a erson you should first make them use a computer with slow internet to see who they really are."

Chastity for Charity

A year without sex proves a catalyst for love

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Jill Stark One man's vow of chastity led to a year of fulfilment, writes Jill Stark.

Couple re-create scene from Up for their 61st wedding anniversary

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Laura Vitto And it's completely adorable and heart warming.

Can you measure heartbreak?

Can you measure heartbreak?

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NICOLE ELPHICK One women tries to get over her breakup by turning feelings into data.

Singles and the holidays

There's nothing sad about a single lady

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Katy Waldman Singleness comes down to a mix of things that sound cliché until you live them., The rise of the 'single girl essay' says something interesting about the stereotypes many people still hold dear.

Same sex marriage

Reflections on a 20 hour marriage

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Annette Cairnduff Annette and her partner got married last Wednesday in the small window when same-sex marriage was legal in the ACT. One week on she describes the joy and the pain of a 20 hour marriage.

Why do people succumb to the lure of infidelity?

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Hugh Mackay Hugh Mackay looks at some of the reasons, and the personal cost.

Subconscious attitudes

Your gut knows if your marriage will last

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A test of couples subconscious attitudes to one another is seriously revealing.

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Happy wife code

The problem with 'happy wife, happy life'

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KASEY EDWARDS When keeping your wife happy is a form of emotional abuse rather than romantic investment.

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The Hunger Games

15 break-up survival tips from The Hunger Games

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Holly Horan Break-ups are tough, but tracker jackers are tougher.

PDA v VDA

The urge to act 'couply' online

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Natasha Wallace Why so many couples are falling victim to a virtual-fuelled obsessive comparison disorder.

Orgasm gap

Let's talk about the 'orgasm gap'

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Clementine Ford A study says women are less likely to have an orgasm from casual sex compared to men. Really?

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Getting through IVF

How to IVF-proof your marriage

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KASEY EDWARDS IVF takes its toll on your body, your emotional state and sometimes ... your relationship.

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Sexist dating advice

This man wants to make you more 'dateable'

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CLEMENTINE FORD Christian motivational speaker Justin Lookadoo says first, you need to "‘know how to shut up".

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Real life

When you're asked if you want to swing

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A new best friend's very "friendly" proposition leaves Ian Rose lost for words.