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November 16

Breaking up is hard to do

Filed under: TV — posted by Chris @ 1:28 pm

DVR Alert! This week MTV is airing a True Life which we think our readers will dig: “I Can’t Break Up With My Boyfriend” (Produced by FoBG Joy Huang!)

What’s it like when your romance has dragged on past its expiration date and you still can’t let go? On this episode of “True Life: I Can’t Break Up With My Boyfriend” you’ll meet two young women who desperately want to end their relationships — but somehow can’t keep themselves from getting sucked back in. With their relationships crashing and burning, will they kiss and make up, or finally face facts and break up?

The episode is airing tonight at 9pm and 1am, then Tuesday, November 17 at 2pm, and Wednesday, November 18, at 12pm and 5pm.


This week at Happen: 22, never had a boyfriend

Filed under: Advice — posted by Breakup Girl @ 9:57 am

MSN.com, Match.com, HappenMagazine.com: they’re in a healthy and satisfying 3-way relationship. Meaning that you’ll find MSN/Match.com’s “Ask Lynn” columns –penned by BG’s alter ego — over at Happen now as well.

This week Lynn helps KA who was recently spurned by a friend-boy and is feeling like a mutant because she’s never had a boyfriend at the ripe old age of 22. Check out Lynn’s advice-slash-pep-talk at Happen, then come back here to add your own thoughts below!


November 13

A test of the relationship

Filed under: Advice — posted by Breakup Girl @ 10:21 am

Better safe than sorry on March 9, 1998

Dear Breakup Girl,

My boyfriend and I discussed getting free and anonymous HIV tests together. He agreed that it would be a good idea. We always practice safe sex. However, we broke up during Christmas and I made the mistake of sleeping with someone else unprotected. I haven’t told anyone else about this other guy because I am so ashamed. I haven’t even told my best friend. I feel scared.

Now, my boyfriend has decided that he doesn’t want to get tested together. I don’t even know if he wants to get tested at all. He consistently avoids or changes the subject every time I bring it up. What should I do? It is always on my mind. I am scared to go alone (partly because I hate needles). Please help!

— Alone and Needle Phobic



November 12

Cancer and divorce: who leaves?

Filed under: issues,News — posted by Paula @ 11:05 pm

In a depressing new study—about an already sad topic—oncologists Dr. Marc Chamberlain and Dr. Michael J. Glantz and their colleagues found that women given a dire health diagnosis were more likely to be abandoned by their (male) mates than in the reverse scenario.

If couples are happy before the diagnosis, it appears that men are more likely to abandon wives who become seriously ill. If couples are already troubled before a partner becomes ill, the finding suggests that women in unhappy marriages are less likely to proceed with a divorce if their husbands become ill.

(Same-sex couples were apparently not a part of the study.)

While this plays into many of our society’s worst stereotypes–and women’s worst fears–about non-committal males, perhaps being aware of this research ahead of time will help doctors help couples facing a grim diagnosis and long treatment. Who knows? Maybe men and women who are more conscious of the marriage-challenging stress that lies ahead may be better prepared to deal with it when it happens.


What’s so scary about funny women?

Filed under: Comedy,pop culture — posted by Paula @ 3:53 pm

Obviously, we heart funny women at Breakup Girl HQ, but what about the rest of the world?

Are funny women intimidating to the opposite sex?

Although Kevin Pang ends his Chicago Tribune article on the topic with a happy punch line, he explores the pitfalls of funny women in the Chicago improv scene trying to date “civilians.”

Although male improvisers date both within and outside the community, many female improvisers only date fellow performers…The argument, I realized, might not be that female performers can’t date noncomedians, but that they gravitate toward funnier men.

He goes on to quote sociologists and layfolk, and makes the astute observation:

Those who can make others laugh are the puppeteers of life. They pull strings, tugging and slacking people’s emotions. And that’s a powerful thing, perhaps too much for some men to accept.

So what’s the moral here? Should funny women stick to dating only funny guys? Should natural-born comediennes suppress their instincts in order to appeal to men? Or should men just grow a pair and face their fears? What do you think? Comments welcome.

[P.S. Welcome, Paula, to BG’s super-bloggers! You’re funny, and we’re not intimidated.]


If a song could get me Lloyd Dobler

Filed under: pop culture,Treats — posted by Breakup Girl @ 11:35 am

It’s the twentieth anniversary of Say Anything (#iamold), and while some now confess to having replaced Dobler with Donaghy, his  In Your Eyes triumph will always be in our hearts. And now, thanks to a tipster, we’ve succumbed to the charms of Marit Larsen, who here comes pretty close to a boombox moment of her own:


November 11

Dollhouse Cancelled :(

Filed under: TV — posted by Chris @ 8:04 pm

NOOOOOoooooo! Fox has dumped Joss Whedon again.

Quick, what should we send Fox for our mail campaign?

Maybe our old cellphones?


November 9

This week at Happen: Single mom seeks man

Filed under: Advice — posted by Breakup Girl @ 11:09 am

MSN.com, Match.com, HappenMagazine.com: they’re in a healthy and satisfying 3-way relationship. Meaning that you’ll find MSN/Match.com’s “Ask Lynn” columns –penned by BG’s alter ego — over at Happen now as well.

This week Lynn advises Searching in New Hampshire — a 50-ish single mom looking for a man who is willing to date a woman with small children. Where should she look without moving to a bigger town? Read Lynn’s suggestions then come back here to comment!


November 6

Which Change to Believe In?

Filed under: Advice — posted by Breakup Girl @ 10:56 am

Opening the lines of communication on March 9, 1998

Dear Breakup Girl,

There’s a lot said about not pushing people to change and just accepting differences. Yet, good relationships are supposed to involve lots of communicating, which suggests it is for working out differences. How do you know which issues are important and which ones are simply annoying?

— Jonus

Dear Jonus,

Brilliant question. Practical answer: it’s all relative. Here’s a project for everyone wondering the same thing: make a list of all the issues in your relationship. All of them. Even the dumb stuff. Everything. From “We have different styles of handling money” to “”How can she not think that what the President does under his desk is his own business?” to “Ketchup on eggs?” Don’t worry, you’re not going to have to show it to anyone (though Breakup Girl is always curious about these things). Now put it away for a day (you may wish to encrypt it in Navajo). Take it out and add more. Put it away again for a few days. Now take it out one more time, curl up with some chamomile and a highlighter, and read. Now that you see all the issues together in one context, you tell me: which ones are important and which ones are just annoying? My sense is that since you thought to ask this question in the first place, you’ll know what’s worth highlighting.

Breakup Girl


November 5


Filed under: Treats — posted by Breakup Girl @ 12:23 pm

Most Lichtensteintastic Halloween makeup EVER.


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