Love, sex and Relationships

Transgender partners

My husband became a woman and our marriage is stronger than ever


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."

Australia's first sexting laws to be introduced

The new laws will ensure that young people who receive or send raunchy but non-exploitative sexts are spared from child pornography offences.

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

What’s more important than Beyoncé’s possible divorce? Everything.


Zerlina Maxwell Why do we care so much about whether this couple stays together or not?

Misogynist economics

Are you worth your Cost Per Orgasm?


ANDREW P STREET Because you don’t want to price yourself out of the sex-market – right, ladies?


The three little words that ended a marriage

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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.

STI screening

Is ‘the STI chat’ cramping your style?

Couple love relationship sex

Fast, ‘no questions asked’ test makes regular STI screening accessible for adult Aussies.

Ol' timey seduction

How to impress a lady with your meat-carving skills


Emily Brand And other ways guys tried to pick-up girls in the olden days. (Note: they were all pretty ridiculous.)

Clever girls

How your intellect affects the success of your relationship


Carol Vorderman Finally, we’ve got statistics that vindicate what we've been thinking all along.

Silent treatment

This is why silent treatment never works


Les Parrott New research shows a passive aggressive fighting style can be a danger sign in a relationship.

Love my ways

Living with your partner's weird obsession

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JO HARTLEY Meet three women for whom romance has involved tolerating, and even learning to love, their partners' obsessions.

The marriage test

Do smart women have better marriages?


SARAH MACDONALD A new study plots the effect of a woman's success on their chances of getting and staying married.

Clementine Ford

Five times relationships weren't better in the 50s


CLEMENTINE FORD Want to ditch your modern day life and go back to a time were simpler? Think again ladies.

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First impressions

8 worst types of first messages in online dating

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You only get one chance at a first impression, even when it's online.

A la French

Is it a good thing the French force couples to reunite to say goodbye?


ALECIA SIMMONDS "I got divorced on a near-perfect spring day in Paris."

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Keeping things 'hot'

'Don't get comfortable' is the worst love advice ever


KATE FRIDKIS It's time to ditch the advice on how to keep your relationship 'hot'.

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Meet Australia's most popular online daters

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PETER MUNRO Who are Australia's most popular online daters? Peter Munro meets the men and women with the greatest click factor.

Creepy texts

When 'sudden sexting' strikes

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GENEVIEVE ROSEN The Straight White Boys Texting Tumblr hit a little close to home…

Life skills

The five people you should unfriend in your 30s

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PIP ROSS Here's to becoming less tolerant to jerks and zealots.

'It's not you'

Why I waited until I was married to write a book about being single


Sara Eckel Do you need a 'happy ending' to write about the solo life?

Does birth order influence our relationships?


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

Exaholism and other love 'conditions' you probably don't have

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CLEM BASTOW There sure are a lot of afflictions to try and avoid when it comes to love and dating.

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Rise of the man-child

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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?

The one relationship ritual we should let go


PAUL CHAI A eulogy to one of the most overrated dating rituals of our time.

Anne Summers

Anne Summers on the men in her life

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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

Sorry, but kissing in wedding photos is gross

Bride and Groom kissing in studio, (B&W)

Ben Mathis-Lilley What Ben Mathis-Lilley finds unnerving about posed PDA photographs.

Toy boy

Women who date younger men

Women with younger men - Melinda and James

Joanne Brookfield A man with a much younger woman raises few eyebrows, but reverse the situation and everyone's got an opinion.

An ode to good neighbours

Bad Neigbours.

Tracey Spicer Making time to connect with those around us can lead to a much richer life.

New dating app

The app that weeds out online creeps


Meet the gatekeeper to groiss sexual innuendo.

Dating site will find you a match based on photos of ex partners


Candice Chung Online matchmakers argue we are all attracted to a 'type'. But is it a good idea to go down that path?

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Perfect formula?

Dating site will find you a match based on your exes


Logical, but awkward.

The desire trap

Can intimacy kill your sex life?


Jane Mulkerrins Intimacy can be a passion killer, says Ether Perel, the bestselling author and relationship counsellor.


Real life

When marriage is an afterthought


Ceridwen Dovey Planned over mojitos, Ceridwen Dovey's registry office wedding didn't seem real until the last minute.

Relationship myths

Should your partner be your best friend?


ALICE WILLIAMS It's counterintuitive, but can too much familliarity be bad for intimacy?

Singles shaming

'Why don't you have a boyfriend?'


Erin Munro Dear strangers, singleness isn't a problem to be solved.

Louis C.K vs 'fat girls'

The 'fat girl' speech that made TV history


PAUL CHAI What we can all learn from the latest episode of Louie.

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Irreconcilable geography

Can where you live ruin your marriage?

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PAUL CHAI If my marriage fails it will be due to “irreconcilable geography”.

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The successful dumpee manifesto

How to be a boss at getting dumped


Alyson Portlock Want to rise like a phoenix after being dumped? Here's what not to do. Starting with the mentionitis.

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Stop analysing why your friends are single


KATE FRIDKIS If you ever feel like saying , "You have to find yourself to find love". Don't.

How to deal with anger in a relationship


There are more options besides lashing out or retreating in silence.

Relationship taboo

The case for sleeping in separate beds

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Holly Allen Why don't we all sleep alone?

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Sex myths

Debunking myths about women who have a lot of sex


Marrie Lobel It's time to expose reality by shattering outdated perceptions of women who enjoy an active sex life.


The problem with 'punching above your weight'


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'


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


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


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?


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?

Chris Martin of Coldplay  and actress Gwyneth Paltrow are going to be 'consciously uncoupled.'

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


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

internet love

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

Female condom

The female condom is making a comeback

Affectionate young couple on vacation

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


'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


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


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?


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


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


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

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