Beware of Stereotypical Gender Gifts

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Do you rely on men or women’s gift guides when shopping for the holidays? You might want to rethink that strategy. While gender-specific guides can be useful, not all men like ties or tools, and not all women find candles and lotion appealing. As a recent post on Reddit shows, generic gender gifts often miss the mark.

Stereotypical gifts for men include boxers, tools, watches, and cologne. However, not all men want or need these items.

“People tend to get guys power tools and cologne and boxer shorts and whatnot,” writes one male user. “But I want the same shit you were getting me when I was 15. Video games, movies, comic books, and toys. I want to rip open a present and see a Mars Attacks set of cards staring back up at me. That would be the best Christmas ever.”

Women also receive their share of stereotypical gifts, though some find “men’s” gifts much more appealing. 

“Men get electronics and interesting books and fancy liquor,” writes a frustrated female user. “Women get stinky candles and perfume, over and over and over.”

So what should you get instead? It depends on the person. Pay attention to their interests and hobbies, and try to find a relevant item you’ll think they enjoy. Think over past conversations and try to remember if they mentioned wanting or needing anything. You could also approach mutual friends or acquaintances for ideas or simply ask the person directly. Don’t just assume they’ll like a particularly item simply because they’re a man or woman.

The key to great gift giving is to put a little thought into a gift, rather than simply relying on a generic guide. Good luck!

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Have You Tried Online Relationship Counseling?

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Are you and your partner having problems? Need the advice of a relationship counselor but can’t find time to head to the nearest therapist? Perhaps it’s time to take your marital woes online. Believe it or not, there are a number of counselors who can offer assistance at the click of a mouse.

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Husband and Wife Renew Vows as Wife and Wife

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Barry knew he was different at a very early age. While he would play football with the boys, he felt more compelled to play hopscotch with the girls. Desperate to fit in with the fellas, he started dating women and eventually married Anne after feeling an instant connection. "Despite my identity crisis, I was totally attracted to Anne," he said.

However, all those years of keeping his secret was killing him, so he confessed that he would wear Anne's clothes when she wasn't home and she was furious. "The first time I saw [him] wearing a dress I started hacking at it with scissors," she said. However, in time, Anne realized she still loved Barry and supported him through his sex change.

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Busiest Week of the Year for Web Dating

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Are you still hestitant to join the online dating revolution? So many singles are finding compatible partners this way and this week just happens to be the busiest time for it! The upcoming new year entices people to make big changes in their lives. With more people searching for love online right now, your chances of finding a match are high.

Here are a few beginner tips for starting your search.

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Study: Cheating Upsets Men and Women for Different Reasons

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A partner’s infidelity is enough to anger any man or woman, but according to a new study cheating upsets men and women for different reasons. 

“Relative to women, men are more distressed by sexual infidelity, and women are more upset over emotional infidelity, relative to men," said study author Barry X. Kuhle, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Scranton.

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Joan Collins Urges Women to Stay Away From Rich Men

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Having been married 5 times, Joan Collins knows a thing or two about failed relationships. In her upcoming book, The World According to Joan Collins, the 78-year-old actress and author offers single women a piece of friendly advice – avoid rich men at all costs!

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Study: Men Threatened When Partner Interferes With Bromances

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While most people will agree that it’s a good idea to befriend a partner’s pals, there is such a thing as becoming too friendly. According to a new study, a woman who is closer to a man’s friends than he is risks emasculating her partner and harming the couple’s sex life.

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Can Romance Novels Ruin Relationships?

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If you're one who likes your hot and heavy Harlequin novels, relationship experts say they may be interfering with your love life.

Are people really letting fiction infringe on reality? I did just read a story about a woman who was so obsessed with the Twilight series that she told her husband, "I don't want to have sex until Bella does." The poor guy had to wait eight months until the fourth installment came out.

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Independent Music Video Tells Interracial Love Story

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Lovers, artists, sci-fi enthusiasts, feminists and fanatics of independent music are the audience for "[untitled]", a story about falling in and out of love, an interracial romance and a social statement about the oppression of women.

The song was featured on Robo-Robb's album SOULBOT2 which was released this past February. However, the music video was just recently finished, after 100 hours on set over a span of 10 months. Watch it below!

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Study: Wives Who Are Thinner Than Their Husbands Have Happier Marriages

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Does weight really matter when it comes to marital satisfaction? A new study suggests that it does, but not in the way some might think.   

In an effort to examine how body mass index (BMI) affects the “trajectory of marital satisfaction,” researchers followed 169 newlywed couples under the age of 35 for a total of four years. So, what did researchers discover? 

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