Life & Love

Dear E. Jean: Okay, so earlier this year I was hit by a thunderbolt. Twice. It was love at first sight and second sight (and every sight). I’m at a marketing company. He’s at an ad agency. The relationship between our two firms has not gone well, and other than seeing him at two meetings—there
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“I have come to view bachelorette parties as liminal spaces where traditional codes of conduct and behaviors do not exist,” explains Maria, a twenty-something New Yorker who has attended two—I can’t believe we’re calling it this—“last days of freedom” parties for the women in her life. “I fear the invite,” adds Ariel, a 30-year-old four-time
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I’m not saying it was ‘loud,’” I say to the kid. “I’m saying it was nuclear-grade. I’m saying it was, like, squealing karaoke Armageddon. I’m saying it was insane.” Beside me in the passenger seat, she’s playing it cool. Even now, though, an hour or so after the last encore, you can tell she’s amped
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Dear E. Jean: Recently my friends and I flew to Vegas to celebrate my twenty-third birthday. While we were drinking and dancing, I met a guy. We hit it off right away. I went back to his hotel, and one thing led to another. The next day we hung out at the hotel pool, sipping
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When Meghan Markle decided to enter St. George’s Chapel alone at the royal wedding, people were in awe. Markle walked herself down the aisle—a first for any royal British bride—before joining Prince Charles, her now-husband’s father. It was a historic moment, and one that mirrored a lot of other women’s own experiences. Advertisement – Continue
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Dear E. Jean: Seven months ago I rekindled things with my ex-husband, who’s now married to another woman. Foolish, I know! He swore he still loved me and was trying to extricate himself from his marriage. As it turned out, he and his wife were pursuing in vitro fertilization the whole time. Now I’m pregnant.
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Dear E. Jean: I’m a professor at a small liberal arts college. During a very tempestuous four-year relationship with a scientist, I had sex with his colleague, and he retaliated by having sex with my best friend, so we broke up. Only problem is he’s now getting married, and we’re still talking on the phone
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Dear E. Jean: My boyfriend and I are in our late twenties, live together in New York, and enjoy flourishing careers; things are pretty solid. However, when we drink, he gets physical. He’s broken my cell phone, my digital camera, and other personal items. He’s never gotten aggressively violent with me, though he’s pushed me
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Dear E. Jean: My best friend constantly talks about how pretty she is. I’m not kidding. We can spend two hours together and the first hour is spent discussing how pretty she looks tonight, and the second hour is devoted to how pretty she looked last night and oh by the way, did you see
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