Casual sex should be with somebody you actually like. My new rule of thumb is to only shag men I don't mind sleeping over, and am okay with kissing goodbye when they leave. Anyone else isn't worth my time- and if I'm not prepared to make at least that much effort, I'm probably not worth theirs, either.
Everywhere I turn there is a clock reminding me how late my date is. Late, late, late. I can't look at my wrist any more, above the bar is off limits, and outside, a clock tower looms in my eyeline. And just to serve as one more reminder, even the barman's wonky eyes are positioned at ten to two. I roll my own baby-blues and go back to studying my rapidly draining pint glass.
I recently turned 40 and, still being not remotely married, I decided to come up with 40 possible reasons why... One: 51% of the world's population is female, which means that, statistically, 2% of all men simply have to miss out. So, yes, I'm shit at maths.
We're living in a funny old age. Much like every generation of teens and twenty-somethings before us, we're pretty convinced that we've invented sex. Despite our natural reverence for the past, we look back on our parents era, and their parents, and so on, as quaint... what they definitely did do, however, was fuck. Lots of extra-marrital fucking.
Channel 4's Mating Season's flagship is the nine-part drama Dates, which finished this week and has a premise so ingeniously simple you wonder why it hasn't been done before.
As you would expect there is a very wide range of different views about pornography and its impact on attitudes and behaviour. The evidence is in fact pretty unclear. It is crystal clear however is the back drop against which young people develop an understanding of sex and sexuality is changing dramatically in the digital age and access to pornography is getting easier.
Looking up, she gasped, "what happened to your face?" "This?" I said, stroking my three day beard... "Is this because Charlotte knocked you back?" "No, of course not. I'm just trying something new. I wish to reboot myself, as it were. I want to be reborn as a grittier, edgier version of me. Dark and brooding, I am going to be the Christian Bale of HR."
Is being 'single' so awful that we need to be reminded that 'it can be awesome'?! I don't know if I'm being odd or if I just don't understand. But why is being 'single' an issue?
Nobody is going to make you have an affair if you don't want to. Not a website, a friend, an advert, these are all excuses; cheating is a mindset, a choice by you alone. I'm not talking about a drunken mistake or a one-night stand: the surges of people signing up were married people looking for something they consciously want to do.
It's that time again. A couple of thousand people in the U.K have made the decision to talk about funny things for an entire hour in front of strangers, in preparation to talk for an hour every day in the month of August in front of other strangers. After three years, I still question why I do this.
Ever thought a marriage set strictly within the boundaries of Christian scripture sounded a bit dry? Think again. Christian Domestic Discipline (CDD) is the practice of ensuring a Christian relationship is being conducted exactly the way God demands in the scripture...
I've done things I haven't liked, been to places I haven't wanted to go and pretended to enjoy some really bad theatre all in the name of trying to get a new relationship off the ground. I have peeled off awful underwear and accepted clumsy kisses. These are the things you do in the early days; it isn't sustainable for any kind of long-term liaison.
Recently, my girlfriend and I have been discussing moving to a house that has a garage. I'm 32 years of age and the last time I drove a car was in 1998, when I failed my test for the third and final time. In between fails two and three, my test was cancelled three times in a row.
The bullet that assassinated Harvey Milk; the ligature that loosed us of Justin Fashanu; the odium that obliterated Matthew Shepard; the rising gay teen suicide rate that claimed Clementi and Rodemeyer and thousands more throughout schools across the globe, and now DOMA and Prop8, are things that should have broken us and yet they have saved us by forcing us hidden homos into an ostensible openness.
Amsterdam. The city is famous for many things including the legalisation of weed, cheese, and it's Red Light District. One of Amsterdam's most famous sex clubs - Casa Rosso kindly let me interview one of the girls, and that is how I spent my night with a stripper.
The population of the UK is ageing. By 2025, half the population will be over 50. Our media and politicians are warning us of the consequences of this for our public services and national debt. What very few people are talking about is one of the ways we can tackle this looming crisis: our personal relationships.