In a Brutal Rental Market, Is Having Sex with a Neighbor Just Too Risky?We tend to like things we see more often (it’s a psychological principle called Mere Exposure Effect) and who do we see more often than our neighbors? What might start with a wave and a smile can shift to hellos and even…
Are Couples' Tattoos Cute or Crazy? Local Artists Weigh InL.A. needle-wielders share what does and doesn’t work when it comes to couples’ ink.Kim SaighMemoir Tattoo“A cute couple recently got anthropomorphic otters asleep, hand in hand. I discourage large-scale affirmations of love and push for small, symbolic, easy-to-cover couple tattoos.”Zoey TaylorThe Warren Tattoo“The most memorable one…
Dating in L.A. Sucks. We Did the MathRelationships are hard. Relationships in Los Angeles are harder. Maybe the 405 is to blame for canceled dates? Perhaps Peter Pan Syndrome prevents substantive connections? No matter the cause, single Angelenos are approaching the dating game with apathy rather than intent, and that’s unpleasant. If you need proof,…
How Heather Havrilesky Became the Advice Guru Behind "Ask Polly"As told to Marielle Wakim.I’ve always given unsolicited advice. I’d meet people at parties and start telling them about themselves. And people do not love that. It’s very nice to get paid for it and not be creeping people out left and right.I did a strange…
Not Everyone Has Sex. 3 People Explain Why Intercourse Isn't On the TableAs told to Marielle Wakim “I suffer from painful sex”Lara Parker, 27I never was able to have pain-free sex. I always thought that was normal—everyone tells you your first time is going to be painful. My first time was excruciating. So I didn’t…
Why Did I Get Ghosted? A Specialist Explains the PhenomenonThere are a few instances in which it’s socially acceptable to be a ghost: at a Halloween party; in a distressing dream; if you’re dead. But ghosts have crossed over into one realm that’s terrifying enough as it is: the wide world of dating.For the uninitiated,…
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