Posts Tagged ‘dating’

The Inhumanity of Marrying Up

October 24th, 2014 Comments off

by Samantha Schroeder, a Ruth Institute “It Takes a Family” 2012 conference attendee

This article was first published at on October 9, 2014.

Why is it that we continue to refer to “marrying up” in predominantly socioeconomic terms, as if we’ve just signed a contract for a kitchen renovation instead of a nuptial covenant between two loving persons?

The oft-discussed idea of “marrying up” pervades online journalism, from a New York Times piece by Stephanie Coontz, “The M.R.S. and the Ph.D.” to Kate Bolic’s piece in The Atlantic about the “radically shrinking pool of what are traditionally considered to be ‘marriageable’ men—those who are better educated and earn more than [women] do.” The ideas expressed Coontz’s article—that the material concerns of intellectual and fiscal prosperity trump all others—reminded me of a comment that my mom and my grandmother made of my last college boyfriend: “You can do better, you know that, right?” Read more…

How Disney Sabotaged Our Love Lives

April 25th, 2014 Comments off
By Ashley Crouch, international speaker, writer, creative media strategy consultant; and Joanna Hyatt, international speaker on dating, relationships and sex, and author, The Sex Talk: A Survival Guide for Parents

This article was first published April 23, 2014, at

It has been a been a roller coaster month of romantic headlines, from conscious uncoupling to Dancing With the Stars’ crowd-favorite, “Disney Night.” Watching the night of dancing princesses vaguely reminded us of our childhood hopes for a romantic fairytale ending with a perfect other half. Yet, facing the contrast between young dreams and the reality of another broken marriage was a harsh wake-up call. Let’s face it; navigating the path to romance often ends in hotel heartbreak. Why might this be? Read more…

Growth in sexual violence among young people

October 16th, 2013 Comments off

by Tamara Rajakariar

The News Story – 1 in 10 young people have perpetrated sexual violence

According to a new national study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, sexual violence among young people runs even more disturbingly high than experts had previously realized.  A USA Today story reveals that “[n]early one in 10 young people report being a perpetrator of sexual violence — either coercing or forcing some type of sexual contact upon another. . . ” Read more…

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Sex on the first date is a bad idea

September 9th, 2013 Comments off

by Nicole M. King

The News Story – Five reasons that sex on a first date is a bad idea

One of the dilemmas Americans began to encounter when they decided that marriage wasn’t a necessary precursor to sex is that now, nobody can quite agree on when it is acceptable. Read more…

Detox your love life

June 10th, 2013 Comments off

by Tamara Rajakariar

Detox is all the rage these days. Detox your body with the so-and-so diet, cleanse your inner energy with this type of meditation, detox your life and find yourself at this exotic place… you get my gist. Most of these seem a bit far-fetched to me personally, but this new book on relationship “detox” seems like it could be a find. Read more…

“Why Young Persons Would Wait Forevermore”

November 10th, 2011 Comments off

by Catherine Palmer

Posted on November 8th, 2011 by Love and Fidelity Network

John Blake’s recent CCN article, “Why Young Christians Aren’t Waiting Anymore,” sparked a flurry of thousands of responses. Released in September 2011, the piece cited an article in Relevant magazine entitled “(Almost) Everyone’s Doing It,” exploring the sexual activity of Christian singles. But one finding, in particular, stood out from the miscellany: According to a December 2009 study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 80% of evangelical young adults (18 to 29) reported having had sex—just under the 88% statistic of unmarried adults overall. “Relevant theorizes about why it’s so hard for so many young Christians to wait, including the saturation of sex in popular culture, the prevalence of pornography and a popular ‘do what feels good philosophy,’” Blake writes. But are these listed sociocultural factors solely to blame? Or is there a concomitant reality at play here? Read more…

A Young Man’s Lament: Love Hurts!

August 16th, 2010 1 comment

I admit surprise at this one.


THE GIST: Contrary to popular belief, relationship woes bother men more than they bother women.

THE SOURCE: “Nonmarital Romantic Relationships and Mental Health in Early Adulthood: Does the Association Differ for Women and Men?” The Journal of Health and Social Behavior, June 2010. Read more…

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Most kids are dating way too early

May 27th, 2010 Comments off

I agree. And Ray Guarendi is a real top notch guy who knows his stuff. This makes sense.

by Carolyn Moynihan

Most kids are dating way too early

That’s the opinion of family psychologist Ray Guarendi, and judging from the schoolkids I see smooching on the street and at the mall he is right. Read more…

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Love and Fidelity movement spreads in US colleges

April 28th, 2010 Comments off

Right on! This is right up te same alley as what the Ruth Institute is doing with its It Takes a Family conferences and with Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse’s Smart Sex book.

by Carolyn Moynihan

CNN has run a story on the movement among college students to shun the hook-up culture prevalent on campuses and encourage dating and abstinence. Read more…

Teens and porn: a feminist’s worries

January 20th, 2010 Comments off

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but still, nice to see some confirmation by someone overtly stating it.

Carolyn Moynihan

A British feminist is sounding the alarm about the effects on teenagers of easy access to pornography, saying that a skewed view of sex is becoming the norm in society and the idea of intimacy is dying. Read more…