Playboy's First Pop-Up Might Not Be What You ExpectedIn its September 1975 issue, Playboy devoted 15 pages to a funny, provocative interview with author-poet Erica Jong. Two years earlier Jong’s book Fear of Flying became a best-seller and cultural sensation for its candid portrayal of female sexual desire, not to mention introducing the phrase “zipless…
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…
As a Minority, Watching Dating Around Was ExhaustingI first heard about Dating Around via all-caps Twitter conversations about the newish Netflix reality show. Tweets to the effect of “CAN YOU BELIEVE JUSTIN?” and “I HAVE THOUGHTS ABOUT DATING AROUND” really sold it—anyone yelling makes me feel like I’m in trouble for not doing what they…
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,…
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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