Love, sex and Relationships

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?

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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

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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

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

Does birth order influence our relationships?

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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

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

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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

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

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Women who date younger men

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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

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Meet the gatekeeper to groiss sexual innuendo.

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

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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

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Logical, but awkward.

The desire trap

Can intimacy kill your sex life?

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

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Real life

When marriage is an afterthought

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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?

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

Singles shaming

'Why don't you have a boyfriend?'

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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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