Love, sex and Relationships
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.
ALECIA SIMMONDS Three things gay couples do better than the heteros in their relationships.
Wedding trends 2104
PIP DOYLE When I say watch out, upon reading this article I mean to say, ‘Watch out!’
Rebecca Hiscott Can sites that share user created porn be properly policed so as to protect its participants?
Awkward pep talks
Megan Greenwell The well-meaning pep talk that no one really wants (or needs) to hear.
Saying "I don't"
Diana Hughes Marriage not the right path for some, and they’ve accepted that. Now it’s your turn to accept it too.
ANDREW P STREET Must friendships and sexual attraction be mutually exclusive?
ANNIE STEVENS Who knew the folk up north were so adventurous?
Jocelyn Brewer Until recently, Jocelyn Brewer had two rules when it comes to dating – no smokers or fathers.
Introvert v extrovert
EFFIE MANN When opposites attract you make room for friction and friends.
NICOLE ELPHICK It shouldn't take a 'social experiment' by a man to reveal the objectification faced by women.
John Schwartz Polygamy as a lifestyle choice, and a reality television brand name.
Kate Knibbs Felippo de Almeida Scolari, a 28-year-old law student in Sao Paulo, claims the man-ranking app violates Brazilian law.
ANNIE STEVENS All of the problems with this question, and the uprising of holiday proposal fever.
Harris O’Malley "It's a habit that we men need to break; it's damaging to relationships... and hurts women."
The bisexual debate
Michael Schulman Why do so many people still see bisexuality as a form of being in the closet?
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
Jill Stark One man's vow of chastity led to a year of fulfilment, writes Jill Stark.
Laura Vitto And it's completely adorable and heart warming.
Can you measure heartbreak?
NICOLE ELPHICK One women tries to get over her breakup by turning feelings into data.
Singles and the holidays
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
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.
Hugh Mackay Hugh Mackay looks at some of the reasons, and the personal cost.
A test of couples subconscious attitudes to one another is seriously revealing.
Happy wife code
KASEY EDWARDS When keeping your wife happy is a form of emotional abuse rather than romantic investment.
The Hunger Games
Holly Horan Break-ups are tough, but tracker jackers are tougher.
PDA v VDA
Natasha Wallace Why so many couples are falling victim to a virtual-fuelled obsessive comparison disorder.
Clementine Ford A study says women are less likely to have an orgasm from casual sex compared to men. Really?
Getting through IVF
KASEY EDWARDS IVF takes its toll on your body, your emotional state and sometimes ... your relationship.
Sexist dating advice
CLEMENTINE FORD Christian motivational speaker Justin Lookadoo says first, you need to "‘know how to shut up".
A new best friend's very "friendly" proposition leaves Ian Rose lost for words.