The ‘Love Your Spouse Challenge’ Isn’t All That Challenging

By now you’ve likely seen it somewhere on social media: that picture of a beaming, happy couple, with some sweet declaration of undying love, alongside those telltale four little words—Love Your Spouse Challenge. If you haven’t yet encountered this latest viral trend on Twitter or Facebook, it works like this: You get tagged and nominated … Continued

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Taylor Swift is Right About How to Break Up

Taylor Swift isn’t perhaps the most obvious person you might turn to for relationship advice. Swift’s best known topic for musical inspiration is heartbreak, and she’s had many failed romances over the years. In one of her most recent hits she sings, “Got a long list of ex-lovers; they’ll tell you I’m insane; ‘cause you … Continued

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Don’t Be a Pessimist About Love and Marriage

Is Romanticism the bane of happy marriages? Without a doubt. At least, that’s the argument philosopher Alain de Botton made last week in the New York Times. The piece struck a nerve with everyone I asked about it; the fact that it remained the most-read story for days after it was published makes me confident … Continued

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How Two New Movies Explain the Meaning of Marriage

Imagine a world where marriage is mandated even in the absence of love—or just save yourself the trouble and go see the new film, The Lobster. Directed by the Greek satirist Yorgos Lanthimos (Oscar-nominated in 2011 for his provocative Dogtooth) and starring a paunchy, mustachioed Colin Farrell, The Lobster posits just such a dystopian future, … Continued

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Megan Fox and the Dilemma of Divorce

I’m so confused. I thought actors Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox were getting divorced. But then I see that for her thirtieth birthday earlier this week, soon-to-be ex-husband Green showered Fox with gifts. According to an E! News source, “Brian spoiled Fox for her birthday with a few thoughtful presents. She is excited to … Continued

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Melania Trump’s Insulting Advice to America’s Wives

What is “nagging?” It depends whom you ask. If you ask a husband (my own declined to comment for this piece; “It’s a trap!” he said) they might answer: “It’s when my wife badgers me over, and over, and over to do something.” A wife might define the term in this manner: “It’s what I … Continued

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Ladies, You Need to Stop Husband-Shaming

Over the years, in posts on Facebook groups for mothers, I’ve seen my share of women talking smack about their husbands. Writing to hundreds (sometimes thousands) of other women, many of whom they don’t know, wives will unburden themselves about the latest insensitive things their husbands have done. The complaints run the gamut from real … Continued

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Think You Have a Cheating Spouse? There’s an App for That

Ever worry that your partner is cheating on you? Fret no more—there’s an app for that. Actually, there are a lot of apps for that. There’s a digital buffet of apps, devices, and services for snooping and spying on your significant other to find out if he or she is fooling around. The means and … Continued

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No, You Don’t Need a Huge Engagement Ring

As wedding season looms, it’s worth reconsidering some of our more materialistic marriage rituals, especially the expectation that a woman should receive an enormous engagement ring. In an age that prioritizes weddings over marriages and has no qualms about the idea of a “starter marriage,” it should come as no surprise that we’ve embraced the … Continued

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