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Chinese Students Seek Parental Approval in Dating

As I sat with a Chinese girl named Yang Junxiao over dinner, she described her relationship of a year with a former high school classmate. She and her boyfriend began dating shortly after finishing the college entrance examination, after which they discovered they would attend separate colleges in the same city. “I[Read More…]

by October 14, 2011 0 comments The Guide

Co-eds Conforming to Hookup Culture’s Codes

The cherry blossoms have arrived and so has my last column. Last column, we discovered that dating culture has never had a “standard” — it is a constantly morphing process as the power dynamic between genders has shifted considerably in the past 100 years. As a result, the dating culture[Read More…]

by April 8, 2011 0 comments The Guide

Why We’re Making Out, Not Going Out

Dating culture has experienced significant changes in the past century. In her book Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both, Laura Sessions Stepp chronicles the consistently changing dating culture since the early 20th century. She describes the culture of early 20th-century America as one where “women[Read More…]

by March 25, 2011 0 comments The Guide

How to Stay Sane on Singles Awareness Day

I’ve spent the past semester writing about how we don’t have time for relationships, fail at asking others out on dates (or don’t even want to ask) and hook up in lieu of dating. I’ve written about the latter theory, commented on how women “dockblock” each other and found that[Read More…]

by February 11, 2011 0 comments The Guide

Do the Math to Find Beauty

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? Well, according to the Discovery Channel documentary “The Science of Sex Appeal,” it’s not. Science has found a few universal “sexy” qualities that are guaranteed to pique the interest of any person, regardless of time, culture or circumstance. For those of[Read More…]

by January 27, 2011 0 comments The Guide

Take a Whiff of Attraction

Of all the senses, smell has  the most powerful residual effect. Our memories of most songs and images may fade slowly over time, but one whiff of a long-ago fragrance, and we are immediately transported back to the time and place of our memory. The sticky sweet scent of Victoria’s[Read More…]

by January 14, 2011 0 comments Uncategorized