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21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Emily Halnon: My boyfriend’s wedding dress unveiled my own shortcomings over masculinity. “Those feelings illuminated some unanticipated boundaries of where I define attractiveness in men and when I still crave traditional masculinity. I realized I wanted less dress and more flannel shirts, trucker hats and sandstone Carhartts. . . . My boyfriend’s wedding dress pushed me to perform a scrupulous inventory of my deepest ideas about masculinity and helped me identify my shortfalls as a woman who wants to help rewrite gender norms. As I went through this exercise, I chatted with a handful of girlfriends about it, who could all identify their own small hang-ups with masculinity: their need for men who are bigger and taller than they are, or who are better than them at sports, or who don’t cry in front of them.” It’s hilarious, and sad, that she’s been conditioned to feel guilty about this.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Dutch Supermarket Implements “Chat Checkout” Where Cashiers Make Time To Chat To Lonely People.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: What happened when I tried to meet guys using vegan dating apps.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Meeting online has become the most popular way U.S. couples connect, Stanford sociologist finds.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: HGTV Features Its First-Ever Throuple on House Hunters.

21ST CENTURY POLITICKING: Michael Bloomberg’s Campaign Suddenly Drops Memes Everywhere.

The Bloomberg campaign is working with Meme 2020, a new company formed by some of the people behind extremely influential accounts.

Mick Purzycki is the lead strategist of the Meme 2020 project. He is also the chief executive of Jerry Media, a media and marketing company that is a powerful force in the influencer economy. The company’s portfolio includes some of the most notable meme accounts on Instagram. Jerry Media was at the center of controversy last year after a debate around proper crediting in meme culture.

In January, Mr. Purzycki tapped a number of large influencers who he had formed relationships with through his association with Jerry Media. (Elliot Tebele, the founder of Jerry Media, has no involvement in the project.)

The campaign, which launched this week, has already placed sponsored posts on Instagram accounts including @GrapeJuiceBoys, a meme page with more than 2.7 million followers; Jerry Media’s own most popular account, with more than 13.3 million followers; and @Tank.Sinatra, a member with more than 2.3 million followers.

The accounts all posted Bloomberg campaign ads in the form of fake direct messages from the candidate.

The first real test of Bloomberg’s latest high-tech startup firm — his campaign — is on Super Tuesday, March 3. I’m very curious to see if he can buy his way to the nomination via TV and social media, rather than traditional campaigning.

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF 21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS, AND QUESTIONS NOBODY IS ASKING: I’m a Heterosexual Woman Who’s Politically Opposed to Heterosexuality. Who do I date?

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: K-9 bites cow, SC deputy tases K-9, cow kicks deputy.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: I Live With Six Brothers. I Have Sex With Two of Them. It’s Fine, They Know. But since it’s Slate’s advice column we get this: “I don’t know why six adult brothers would be living in a house together, [and] why their parents weren’t more concerned with overpopulation and what it might mean for a looming water shortage.”

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Laurence Fox shuns ‘woke’ women under 35. “This is the problem if you are priming women to believe they are victims and that this is a tyrannical patriarchy. It’s not like they’ve got a solution for that. They just want a matriarchy. Exactly the same, just the women in charge. And it’s just like, no, sorry.”

21ST CENTURY (?) RELATIONSHIPS: Humans Are Still Mating with Neandertals.

It could be worse: Chinese zookeeper killed by sexually aroused elephant.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Heterosexual couples form first civil partnerships in England.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: ‘Snowmanning’ is winter’s heartbreaking new dating trend. I never thought a holiday fling that ended was “heartbreaking,” but that’s just me, I guess. The important thing is that now the phenomenon has a name.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Bodybuilder set to marry his sex robot girlfriend ‘despite frequent arguments.’

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF 21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS AND THE NEWSPEAK DICTIONARY: The worst dating terms that defined the 2010s.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: U.S. has world’s highest rate of children living in single-parent households.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: The Single Woman Who Steals Her Lousy Hookup’s Weed.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: ‘Cuddlists’ hug and spoon clients in nonsexual sessions. “A lot of people have touch deprivation, skin hunger.”

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Can I Get Oral Sex From Another Guy and Not Be Gay?

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE AND 21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: “Sex-educator and activist tells WU radical sex positivity is not optional.”

Exit quote: “It costs $72,000 per year to study at Washington University in St. Louis. But look at all the benefits!”

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Well, it is November of 2019, after all. Even if you’re notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias.™

(This post sponsored by the Tyrell Corporation.)

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS (or the lack thereof): Emma Watson says she’s ‘self-partnered’ not single.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Normalizing Polyamory — CBS News takes network propaganda for Sexual Revolution to a new level.

As several people asked last night on Twitter, did CBS hastily crank this story out to tacitly defend Katie Hill?

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: I tried a polyamorous relationship, and it kinda worked—until it didn’t.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Sofia Vergara Ordered to Pay Ex Nearly $80,000 Amid Frozen Embryos Legal Battle.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: CA Rep. Katie Hill Allegedly Involved Female Staffer In 2-Yr ‘Throuple’ Relationship.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Lesbian pioneers in fight for marriage equality now in bitter divorce battle challenging definition of marriage.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Her Boyfriend is a ‘Fictionkin’ Who Believes He’s an Anime Character and She Doesn’t Know What to Do.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: British farmers have the most sex and rate their performance as incredible, study says.

Makes sense — if there’s one thing I know from reading the New York Times, socialist agrarian nations have all the best sex.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Demi Moore Regrets Threesomes With Ashton Kutcher.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Silicon Valley Star Thomas Middleditch Says He and Wife Mollie Are Writing a Comedy Series About Their Swinging Lifestyle.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Guys Are Reporting Women on Tinder for the Crime of Not Being Into Them.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: After cancer took their spouses, couple found new love through grief.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Coffee With the Man Who Used to Be My Wife.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: I was desperate for a baby so I ‘spurgled’ a man and tricked him into getting me pregnant.

Flashback: Is a Vasectomy Now the Only Way Men Can Be Truly Safe from Financial Extortion? “Ironically, this notion – of privileged white men taking control of their reproductive destinies – has given some feminists the willies.”

If I were a young single guy, I’d be inclined to bank a bunch of sperm, then get a vasectomy. For men, that’s pretty much the only way to achieve “reproductive rights.”

And on this topic, I should once again plug a piece by my Tennessee colleague Michael Higdon: Fatherhood by Conscription: Nonconsensual Insemination and the Duty of Child Support.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: ‘Sex and the City’ creator talks vaginal rejuvenation and finding ‘Mr. Bigger.’

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Woman plans to marry 91-year-old chandelier.

A British woman says she has several love interests, but none of them can hold a candle to Lumiere — a 91-year-old chandelier she plans to marry, according to a report.

Amanda Liberty, 35, who changed her last name from Whittaker during a prior long-distance relationship with the Statue of Liberty, is ready to finally settle down with the light of her life, the Mirror reports.

Liberty, of Leeds, who identifies as an objectum sexual, is putting the spotlight on the little-known attraction to inanimate objects, according to the outlet.

The bride-to-be said she has been in an open relationship with multiple light fixtures, but decided to get hitched to Lumiere, which she regards as female.

She acknowledges that she can’t marry her suspended sweetie in the traditional sense, but insists that her love is valid.

Clearly, there’s only person in America, perhaps the world, who can officiate this wedding.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Being always in search of tools for female empowerment — especially when trying to get over a breakup — I decided to test a therapy form called “Yoni Mapping”, the tantric version of “Vaginal Mapping.”

Plus: “Maybe you should allow your yoni to grieve. I want you to acknowledge that she is beautiful, when she is sad and introverted as well as when she is happy and outgoing.”

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Humans wearing ‘teledildonic suits’ can now have sex with each other over the Internet.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Some women have penises. If you won’t sleep with them you’re transphobic.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Kirstie Allsopp sparks a heated debate with tweet claiming couples in their 20s should sacrifice ‘fun’ and ‘flashy weddings’ to start families NOW – warning ‘if you want children, don’t wait.’ One of the ways you know that we’re living in the Crazy Years is that advice like this, which everyone’s grandmother would give, is now controversial and edgy.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Sex robot threat: AI girlfriends ‘indistinguishable from humans’ after major 5G upgrade.

If they’re good enough to fool notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias™, it’s a reminder that this is the year 2019, after all.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS, GLOBAL BABY BUST EDITION: Is U.S. fertility at an all-time low? Two of three measures point to yes.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: The future is robots, and they’re teaching us how to flirt.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Ask Anna: How do I help my boyfriend have an orgasm?

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: The truth about sex: we are not getting enough.

How comforting this sex-positive vision is. How sophisticated and liberal we are.

Except. A paper in a recent issue of the British Medical Journal summed up the findings of three huge national surveys into sexual attitudes, called Natsal, the latest of which was in 2012. Natsal is British in focus, but some of its findings are reflected globally: worldwide, we are having less sex less frequently and are more upset about it. In Britain, most of the decline in sexual frequency is in people aged over 25 and in long-term relationships. In the US, the over-50s reported the largest decline in how often they had sex, though Finnish middle-aged men reported they were getting sex more frequently. In Japan, the most sexual inactivity was in young single people. Millennials are having less sex than their parents; young people, we are told, are in a “sex drought”.

We have reordered our customs in order to satisfy a noisy minority, and it seems to have made the majority less happy.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: For Teens, Romances Where the Couple Never Meets Are Now Normal: A generation that lives online is redefining dating; ‘We only met for 20 minutes and that was the first and last time we ever saw each other.’

If we’re looking for an explanation of why today’s teens are having less sex than previous generations, there’s this: Many of them spend months or even years dating without ever meeting face to face.

When Nicole Nguyen was 16, she met her first serious boyfriend for the first and last time—after they’d broken up. They had 20 minutes. They hugged once. It only happened because that day, they just happened to find themselves in the same state.

Yet for an entire year, they spent almost every waking moment texting each other, talking on voice-chat apps, and even communicating over webcams through Skype and Oovoo. Ms. Nguyen, 24, is now a pre-kindergarten teaching assistant living in Brooklyn Park, Minn. To this day her parents have no idea they ever dated in the first place.

They might sound unusual: online relationships that bloom, reach a fever pitch of teenage intensity and—possibly—even wither before the two parties ever meet. But they’re becoming more common than ever. Ask any teenager—if they haven’t been in a relationship like this themselves, they can probably name friends who have.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this isn’t great.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Dear Wives: Publicly Criticizing Your Husband Makes You Look Horrible. “After reading the latest installment in the ‘my husband disappoints me’ genre in The New York Times last weekend — this one penned by a clinical psychologist — I’d say we have a trend.”

Publicly trashing your husband is a profound betrayal performed for the sake of a little bit of approval from the in-group. So it’s perfect for feminists.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Sologamy: I married myself and it was truly empowering.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Tinder swipers get matching tattoos before first date.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Girl Talk: What I Learned At An Orgy.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: What It’s Really Like To Be An Escort (And Why I Prefer It To Stripping).

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: “Vasectomy Cakes” are now a thing.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: First, she had his baby. 12 years later, they met, then fell in love.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Marriage is still the main way for women to get rich: study.

21ST CENTURY LEFTIST RELATIONSHIPS: Has Trump wrecked our sex life? “Post-Trump Sex Disorder” is real, says sex therapist.

Related: My Woke Boyfriend and I Almost Broke Up Over a Jordan Peterson Video. “Our first political blow out happened while naked in bed after a heavy sex romp. I don’t remember how we got on the subject, but what I do remember is that when I stated that being a woman wasn’t oppressing, he became flustered and irritated.”

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Valentines Cards for Democrats.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Politics is affecting dating and intimacy, expert says.

Spira said that since President Trump’s election in 2016, politics have started to play a major role in millennials’ dating lives.

“Now we see politics at the top and it’s not just affecting how you date … politics has actually moved into the bedroom,” Spira told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton.

Spira, who is currently on tour promoting her new book, “Love in the Age of Trump,” added that millennials now are starting to prioritize political compatibility over sex.

“Singles now, especially millennials singles, are more interested in having similar politics and talking about good politics than actually having good sex,” Spira said.

The dating site OkCupid told HuffPost last month that for the first time in its 15-year history, the overall number of women who choose shared political views over “good sex” doubled from 2016 to 2018.

Well, if that’s what they choose, that’s what they’ll get.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Man says emotional support alligator helps his depression.

A Pennsylvania man says his emotional support alligator helps him deal with his depression.

Joie Henney, 65, said his registered emotional support animal named Wally likes to snuggle and give hugs, despite being a 5-foot-long alligator. The York Haven man said he received approval from his doctor to use Wally as his emotional support animal after not wanting to go on medication for depression, he told Philly.com .

“I had Wally, and when I came home and was around him, it was all OK,” he said. “My doctor knew about Wally and figured it works, so why not?”

To be fair, scientists have been researching the benefits of emotional support alligators since 1984.

CES 2019: SONY’S ROBOT DOG AIBO MAKES SECOND APPEARANCE.

Sony’s robot dog Aibo appeared at CES 2019, the second time the canine with artificial intelligence has graced the Las Vegas conference.
While the price tag for the pooch is a large number of bones — $2,899 USD — Sony employee Leon Michor said the robot companion has sold all 2,000 units available for purchase in the U.S. since it came to market stateside in September. More than 20,000 have been sold in Japan.
“There is talk about having a second litter, Aibo has been very well received in the market,” Michor said.

“A second litter?!” Although the bond between some Aibo owners and their robot dogs definitely qualifies for the recurring “21st Century Relationships” headline.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Brave new world: Gay man impregnates transgender partner who identifies as male.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Girls Gone Wild, Brisbane Tinder Edition.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: What a sex worker can teach us about human connection.

UPDATE: Some of y’all disappoint me. If you watched the video, as I strongly suspect some commenters didn’t, it’s about loneliness, not really about sex at all.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Why Jewish Men And Asian Women Are Magical Together.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Is Swiping Right On Tinder Considered Cheating?

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: New chlamydia test offers results within 30 minutes.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: You Can Sleep With the Latest Sex Robots at This Brothel—But Only if They Say ‘Yes.’

2019 is next year, after all.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jeff Rohrer comes out as gay, set to marry Sunday.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Crazy in love? The Japanese man ‘married’ to a hologram.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Tourist spills secrets of ‘sex island’ where guests pay to party with prostitutes.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Woman who had sex with 20 ghosts is now engaged to a spirit.

I’d insert the usual boilerplate about Rand’s Return of the Primitive, but hey, it is Halloween after all.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Primary care doctors ‘not doing enough’ to curb STDs. “Nationally, reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are at an all-time high, CDC data show. In one year, from 2016 to 2017, nationwide rates of chlamydia rose by 7 percent, gonorrhea by 19 percent and syphilis by 11 percent.”

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Official School Records Support Claims That Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) Married Her Brother.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Trump, Cruz Hug It Out at Raucous Houston Rally.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: When it comes to being ghosted, our columnist has one piece of advice: track him down and find out the truth. When men do it, it’s creepy and stalkerish. But when women do it, it’s empowering!

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: I was raised to think sex was shameful. Then I opened a brothel.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: ‘Genital Steaming’ Is the Hottest Date in Town.

As a distinguished scientist was once quoted as saying, not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Underwater matchmaking: Scientists pair zebrafish mates by personality.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Discreetly tracking down sex partners to stop a surge in STDs.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Calls mount for regulation of sex robots.

But vibrators are different because reasons. I’ll add that if you oppose something because you think it will make people think or see the world in a different way, then you’re admitting that there’s a First Amendment issue there.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: How tech bros ruined dating for young people.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: THE MARRIED COUPLE MAKING THE WORLD’S FINEST SEX DOLLS.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Teen Sex Trend: Blow Jobs Are The New Goodnight Kiss! Or so they claim at Good Morning America.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: A Fertility Doctor Used His Sperm on Unwitting Women. Their Children Want Answers.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Drive-in ‘sex boxes’ for prostitution, built by taxpayers, are a wild success in Switzerland.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: ‘Flesh-eating’ STD allegedly reported in England.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Man who cheated with 300 women after girlfriend gave him ‘infidelity pass’ claims it’s saved his relationship.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: The irresistible rise of internet dating. Meeting a mate online is fast becoming the default in America.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: When Being a Good ‘Dad’ Gets You Promoted to ‘Mommy.’ A friend on Facebook comments: “We appear to have concluded as a society that laboring to keep your wife and children from starving in the streets is an assumed baseline, and/or qualitatively — and quantitatively! — inferior to domesticity. It’s a luxury of a particular point of view, that being the point of view which has never had to worry about that labor going undone, or that starvation knocking on your door.”

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Sex robots could improve marriages by letting spouses put more focus on companionship and creating a family, expert claims.

No word what notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias™ thinks about this story.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: MAYBE I SHOULD STOP BRINGING UP MY CAT SO MUCH WHEN PEOPLE TELL ME STORIES ABOUT THEIR KIDS.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: ‘She knew what I was doing:’ Sex robot fanatic, 60 reveals ‘realism’ of first Harmony romp. “The 60-year-old told Daily Star Online that testing out ‘work of art’ Harmony has been “fantastic” so far and has changed his perception of relationships.”

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: ‘Bigfoot Erotica’ Stimulates Intense Congressional Debate.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: This man is pleading people to stop ‘having sex’ with his hedge.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: When You Have Three Boyfriends, Getting An IUD Is Complicated.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: “I asked a question so he would look at me.”