Are You Sexually Objectifying Yourself?

July 7, 2017
Are You Sexually Objectifying Yourself?

Ever since the second wave of feminism in the 70s, we’ve heard a lot about the “male gaze,” which is defined as “the way in which the visual arts and literature depict the world and women from a masculine point of view, presenting women as objects of male pleasure.” The phrase was coined by film critic Laura […]

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Paying For Dates Is Getting Incredibly Awkward

June 29, 2017
Paying For Dates Is Getting Incredibly Awkward

A recent article in the Wall St. Journal highlights how incredibly uncivil we’ve become toward one another. I don’t know whether this is related to the climate of political partisanship, but it sounds like we’ve hit a new low in dating. In Who Pays on the First Date? No One Knows Anymore, and It’s Really Awkward […]

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Men Praise Intelligent Women, But Do They Ask Them Out?

June 15, 2017
Men Praise Intelligent Women, But Do They Ask Them Out?

Congrats to longtime Hooking Up Smart reader Jenna Birch on her article in the July issue of Cosmopolitan! You can read Why Are Men Still So Afraid of Ambitious Women online HERE. I’m quoted in the article, which is always nice. 🙂 But more importantly (and alarmingly), Jenna presents evidence that while men say they like ambitious […]

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Self-Respect vs. Entitlement in Dating

June 12, 2017
Self-Respect vs. Entitlement in Dating

“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.” ~Joan Didion A young woman describes meeting a guy during an Uber ride. Before he got out of the car, he punched his number into her phone. She envisioned a blossoming serious relationship. But he’s not answering her texts […]

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8 Fast But Effective Ways to Judge a Man’s Character

June 1, 2017
8 Fast But Effective Ways to Judge a Man’s Character

Dating someone who’s not compatible with you is a costly mistake because you waste precious time that you could be spending with a better match. Dating someone of poor character is the costliest mistake, because the experience damages you. It makes you cynical and pessimistic about love – “All the good guys are taken.”  It makes […]

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