With so many seeming contradictions between love and marriage, do they even have anything to do with one another? And more importantly, is marrying for love foolish, ultimately setting you up for failure?
To my friends, going through divorce. Yes, both of you. I've wanted to write this for a while now. I haven't because, well it's all just so very awkward isn't it.
An energetic orgasm is completely different than your traditional genital orgasm. It involves much more than tension release or genital ejaculation and has very much to do with the movement of energy throughout the whole body.
In this day and age we fight for women to be seen as equals in the boardroom. We argue for equal pay and choice. So women who look and pity me, please don't. I'm happy with my life. People may think I protest too much but it's true.
Amber has been forced to defend her reputation in a way that Depp has not, and this is just the latest instance of this happening. If she had instead chose to keep the cash and invest in a new private jet - or whatever it is that mega-rich celebrities are doing these days - then it shouldn't have mattered. But the fact of the matter is, if Amber had spent the money, or even just left it to sit in her bank account, the 'gold-digger' whispers would never have gone away.
We met up, went for lunch, and went home. I can't remember what we talked about, what I do remember is there never being any acknowledgement of abuse on his part. I guess maybe that's why I went, to see if there was any sign of any recognition to what he had done. I got nothing. I went home feeling as confused as ever.
Many men are really starting to think outside the box when it comes to their proposals and thanks to the Internet we can become more involved than ever before. Remember the bloke who used a puppy to propose (who could say no to that?).
This kind of reasoning - I give something up for you, then you give something up for me because we love each other, want to reduce conflict and make things work in our relationship - feels to me to have something fundamentally wrong with its view of loving relationships.
Unfortunately dating apps offer a quick fix of false intimacy, which can become addictive to people who are feeling lonely. Yet the cause of loneliness doesn't always come from being alone, it comes from a lack of deep and meaningful relationships, which take time and can't realistically be built on a foundation of pouting selfies and sexting.
It turns out that a BSC (Bad Sex Choice) isn't just an occasional occurrence for some people, but a lifetime repetition for many. Nearly all of us commits a BSC mistake at one point in our life, and some are graduating with honours daily.
I dislike that phrase "arranged marriage" because in my mind, that equals a "forced" marriage. And mine, like most others in my community, was anything but. At any time you have the option of saying no.... I'm proud to report that after 18 years, I'm still very happily in love, and our marriage isn't any different than any of yours. My dear husband is everything I thought he would be; caring, heart of gold, great sense of humor, and does everything for me and our children.
As I am reliving these moments, this is probably the hardest part of the relationship to explain, as I genuinely do not know what possessed me to show any kind of sympathy. I knew I didn't love him, that had faded away months ago, but I was still trapped in this ongoing cycle of mind games and manipulation. It is not as easy as 'why don't you just leave' seems to imply.
The stigma around online matchmakers - desperate and slightly mad for talking to someone you'd never seen face to face - no longer exists. Online dating plunges us into the dating pool in a way that's non-committal, and fun.
We're never going to be a Tinder, but to grow it's become clear that our product is the app and that's a new financial and business burden to bear. So watch this space.
Whilst he was away I planned when and how to leave. I had backup plans in case things got messy. I had people close by to call in an emergency. Now my whole life was consumed by my escape and the thought of the life that followed.
Most people don't really have a problem with what name to use when introducing the person they are with. For most people it's as easily solved as "girlfriend" or "boyfriend". Seems simple enough, right? I wish it was.