Love, sex and Relationships
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.
ALICE WILLIAMS It's counterintuitive, but can too much familliarity be bad for intimacy?
Erin Munro Dear strangers, singleness isn't a problem to be solved.
Louis C.K vs 'fat girls'
PAUL CHAI What we can all learn from the latest episode of Louie.
PAUL CHAI If my marriage fails it will be due to “irreconcilable geography”.
The successful dumpee manifesto
Alyson Portlock Want to rise like a phoenix after being dumped? Here's what not to do. Starting with the mentionitis.
KATE FRIDKIS If you ever feel like saying , "You have to find yourself to find love". Don't.
There are more options besides lashing out or retreating in silence.
Holly Allen Why don't we all sleep alone?
Marrie Lobel It's time to expose reality by shattering outdated perceptions of women who enjoy an active sex life.
LAUREN SMELCHER SAMS Why it's time to ditch the old-fashioned concept of 'dating within our league'?
PIP DOYLE There has to be a smouldering slow burn in the background that stokes this fire, right?
CLEMENTINE FORD If there's one thing you should never teach teenage girls, it's this.
Anatomy of an affair
Hanna Rosin Spouses in happy marriages have affairs. So what are we all looking for?
SARAH MACDONALD Sarah Macdonald on how to climb back up the sexual cliff.
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.
JEAN HANNAH EDELSTEIN Let's break down the heteronormative guide to everlasting love, shall we?
Effie Mann 'We Met On The Internet' is photographic evidence.
Sophie Cousins Here's why we shouldn't be too quick to judge.
Jessica Grose No, living together before marriage does not lead to divorce.
COSIMA MARRINER This US author believes it's time society gave up on preconceptions of women's desire.
The matchmaking trap
KASEY EDWARDS Think that blind date your friend set you up on had your best interests at heart? Think again.
Unplug for love
Thea O'connor Friday is the National Day of Unplugging when families, parents and couples are encouraged to unplug and reconnect.
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.
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.
ALICE WILLIAMS Difficult relatives are easy to manage when they’re in your extended family, but what if the issue lies closer to home?
JEAN HANNAH EDELSTEIN Every single woman knows that a fake boyfriend is always there for you in times of social awkwardness.
The best friend problem
ANNIE STEVENS Why having one best friend is a flawed concept.
Gay couples on film
Effie Mann Photographer Braden Summers travelled to six countries to prove that no matter where you are, love is love.
They say money can't buy you love, but what about fidelity at the very least?
Sex after 70
Iris Krasnow We're really looking forward to our "Giddy Golden Girls" period
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
Amy Mills Sometimes relationships flourish in the most fragile of circumstances.
Old timey love
JEAN HANNAH EDELSTEIN A surfeit of life choices challenges the kindness that marked previous generations.
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.
Amanda Hess A shared sense of humour can foster intimacy, but jokes can also be wielded as a tool to avoid getting too close.
From afar, the Nordic countries look like the promised land...
The breakup season
Megan Nicol Reed It can happen to anyone, at any time, anywhere, and it never goes away.