Love, sex and Relationships
Choosing to stay
KASEY EDWARDS Couples who resign themselves to unhappiness for a long time before cutting their losses.
Louise Lush Why sex-positive activists are angry about the latest UK censorship laws.
PAUL CHAI Take it from someone who's been there.
CLEM BASTOW It’s popular internet consensus to see those who’d attend a PUA course or seminar as the desperate losers of the dating world; we are similarly uncharitable about those women who “allow” themselves to be gamed.
Michelle Law As a non-white person living in a western country, life can be a little complicated, especially when it comes to romance and dating. And as a white person dating a non-white person, how do you navigate the fraught yet potentially sexy cultural minefield that is the evening before you? Fear not, my friends. Inspired by the many videos about the awkward and sometimes downright offensive remarks made to non-white people, like this one and this one, I've devised a handy list of what not to say and do around your non-white date. Let us begin.
NATALIE REILLY You wake up to a text. 'Hey! I had a great time last night! Hope to see you again! x'.
Erin O'Dwyer The bedroom is fast becoming a place for reading, television, sleeping – and not much else.
Who's getting more?
JENNA PRICE And everything else you need to know about the results of one of the largest sex surveys conducted in Australia.
CLEMENTINE FORD Clem Ford has a few tips for guys.
Weight of words
Monica McInerney "The big events in our lives – births, death, marriages – take time to happen, time to absorb, yet technology pressures us to respond instantly, by email, by text, via Twitter or Facebook. But just because we can move swiftly to communicate our feelings doesn’t mean we always should."
PIP DOYLE Just because a relationship ran out of steam doesn't mean it wasn’t a great love story.
Radhika Sanghani A man has written a blog, attempting to justify how he became an accidental and 'benevolent stalker'. But nothing about this story is romantic.
NATALIE REILLY A new study reveals two numbers can predict the health of your marriage.
Ellen McCarthy It's still not easy and LGBT activists think that's probably a good thing.
Alyssa Rosenberg The shift from giddy, nude-gawking to more creative and realistic depictions of sex on TV is good news for everyone.
Say it in writing
ALECIA SIMMONDS Why letter-writing will improve your love life.
Radhika Sanghani The League, a new American dating app that focuses on education, has become the latest must-have for singles.
First girlfriends club
Claire Cohen Three women, who discovered they were dating the same 20-year-old man, decided to meet him at the airport as he returned from holiday. Now, they've become firm friends.
BRIGID DELANEY Once, it seemed every woman was on the pill. Now many are choosing alternatives.
Brooke Hemphill The idea of switching sides is an idle thought for most, but some time after hanging up my speed-dating hat, I tested the theory by spending a year dating women.
Friendship at 29
Erin Munro A reflection on friends and a lifetime of friendship.
PAUL CHAI The older we get, the harder it is to make new pals. But a sobering survey out of England should inspire us to keep trying.
Rebecca Mitchell How to navigate a dating scene where the height of seduction is a sepia-toned snapshot of one’s genitals.
Dusting off her stilettos and going to work at a Sydney brothel, ex-journalist Samantha finds herself in bed with a married couple.
Shine a light
JENNA PRICE It leaves no physical signs – except maybe the signs of a woman who can’t eat because she has to choose between feeding herself and feeding her children. It’s financial abuse.
Amy Coopes Yep, it's confirmed: they are getting ALL the orgasms, says a new study.
Fool for love
As told to Danielle Colley At 32, Ben Ivey thought a string of women really loved him – but what happened next was truly depressing.
Leslie Hilburn Fabian "Remaining married to a miserable man was no longer viable for me. Transitioning to female was necessary for my husband, a life-saving solution to six decades of angst, self-loathing and shame."
HENRIETTA COOK People who send or threaten to distribute explicit images without consent could soon be charged, with the Napthine government introducing Australia's first “sexting” offences into parliament this week.
Beyonce and Jay Z
Zerlina Maxwell Why do we care so much about whether this couple stays together or not?
ANDREW P STREET Because you don’t want to price yourself out of the sex-market – right, ladies?
Mark Tucker The discovery of a tender text message quickly led to a marriage break-up. Mark Tucker comes to grips with his wife's infidelity.
Fast, ‘no questions asked’ test makes regular STI screening accessible for adult Aussies.
Ol' timey seduction
Emily Brand And other ways guys tried to pick-up girls in the olden days. (Note: they were all pretty ridiculous.)
Carol Vorderman Finally, we’ve got statistics that vindicate what we've been thinking all along.
Les Parrott New research shows a passive aggressive fighting style can be a danger sign in a relationship.
Love my ways
JO HARTLEY Meet three women for whom romance has involved tolerating, and even learning to love, their partners' obsessions.
The marriage test
SARAH MACDONALD A new study plots the effect of a woman's success on their chances of getting and staying married.
CLEMENTINE FORD Want to ditch your modern day life and go back to a time were simpler? Think again ladies.
You only get one chance at a first impression, even when it's online.
A la French
ALECIA SIMMONDS "I got divorced on a near-perfect spring day in Paris."
Keeping things 'hot'
KATE FRIDKIS It's time to ditch the advice on how to keep your relationship 'hot'.
PETER MUNRO Who are Australia's most popular online daters? Peter Munro meets the men and women with the greatest click factor.
GENEVIEVE ROSEN The Straight White Boys Texting Tumblr hit a little close to home…
PIP ROSS Here's to becoming less tolerant to jerks and zealots.
'It's not you'
Sara Eckel Do you need a 'happy ending' to write about the solo life?
KATHERINE FEENEY New research indicates those born first stand a better chance of landing a loving, long-term relationship than their siblings. But is it for real, or just something fun to think about?
Exaholism for beginners
CLEM BASTOW There sure are a lot of afflictions to try and avoid when it comes to love and dating.
PAUL CHAI Why are some guys commitment-shy, and as likely to opt for a night of video games with the lads as a date with you?
PAUL CHAI A eulogy to one of the most overrated dating rituals of our time.
Robyn Doreian "It's men like him who breed optimism about the future," Anne Summers on her long-term partner Chip Rolley.
Wedding photo etiquette
Ben Mathis-Lilley What Ben Mathis-Lilley finds unnerving about posed PDA photographs.
Joanne Brookfield A man with a much younger woman raises few eyebrows, but reverse the situation and everyone's got an opinion.
Tracey Spicer Making time to connect with those around us can lead to a much richer life.
New dating app
Meet the gatekeeper to groiss sexual innuendo.
Candice Chung Online matchmakers argue we are all attracted to a 'type'. But is it a good idea to go down that path?
Logical, but awkward.
The desire trap
Jane Mulkerrins Intimacy can be a passion killer, says Ether Perel, the bestselling author and relationship counsellor.
Ceridwen Dovey Planned over mojitos, Ceridwen Dovey's registry office wedding didn't seem real until the last minute.