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|[2007-01-17] Love and Romance........Who Needs Them? Even on Valentine's Day?|
|As Valentine's Day comes around again, the words love and romance are very much in the air. Is this just an annual blip; a commercial hiccough in the unromantic, divorce ridden Western world? Or, is there always a need for love and romance in the lives of a modern man or woman?
Having been around since the middle of the last century, I have witnessed some rapid social changes which would suggest that both love and romance are far less important than they once might have been. The last 50 years have seen an inexorable rise in selfishness, fed by a commercially driven "must have" attitude; true [...] |
|[2007-01-17] Sexual liberation and the Russian Revolution|
The 1917 Russian Revolution transformed all aspects of society. Author Dan Healey spoke to Colin Wilson about its impact on sexual freedom
The modern gay rights movement began in 1969 with the Stonewall riots in New York.
Activists at the time took it for granted that they were part of a wider movement that fought racism and opposed the Vietnam War.
In particular, socialists in the movement began to examine the history of campaigns for sexual liberation. They rediscovered a tradition going back to the 1840s which argued that socialism would not only end economic exploitation, but also br [...] |
|[2007-01-17] 4 strategies for avoiding the common pitfalls of singleness.|
|When I turned 30 five years ago, I thought I was finally spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually ready to find my "Mr. Right." I'd read numerous self-help books that had enabled me to "fix" myself so
I could attract a man—and then fulfill my destiny to live happily ever after.
My church singles' group was a single woman's paradise: filled with lots of single, professional, attractive men. I thought, With this pool of men, finding a husband's going to be easy!
Sure enough, within a few weeks of my new quest, I met John. We started talking to each other frequently after church and at soc [...] |
|[2007-01-17] How To Get A Woman's Phone Number And Email Address Within Three Minutes Of Meeting Her|
|Answers To Two Common Questions...
I get different variations of two questions so often, that I'm going to address them both quickly.
1) What if she has a boyfriend?
Say "Next" and find yourself a woman that doesn't have a boyfriend. I personally don't think it's worth the hassle, energy, or effort. Plus, I don't like to be the guy that ruins relationships. And I personally don't like to date women who have no integrity (think about it). So just find a girl that's single... and chances are that someday soon the one you like will be single... and you'll be more attractive becau [...] |
|[2007-01-17] Global Demographic Outlook to 2025|
|In German: Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted once again to visit your beautiful city, and it gives me great pleasure to be able to deliver my lecture for the Progress Foundation before such a distinguished audience. Although my name is ‘Eberstadt’, German is not my mother tongue, as you perhaps have already suspected. Therefore, with your indulgence, I will now make, so to speak, a little ‘linguistic adjustment’.
Ladies and Gentlemen: The 20th century saw an absolutely unprecedented historical event in demographic terms. Between 1900 and 2000, the human population almost quadrupled, under [...] |
|[2007-01-17] Russia's exploding Muslim population|
|Ready for Russia's very own Oriana Fallacis and Jean LePens? If population trends continue at the current rate, Muslims could outnumber ethnic Russians in 30 years, al-Jazeera reports. More Russians are dying each year than being born, due in large measure to the popularity of abortion (Russian women had almost 13 abortions for every 10 live births in 2003), alcohol, and suicide.
Meanwhile, Russia's Muslim population has grown by 40 percent since 1989, the result of a high birth rate and continued immigration from the North Caucasus and Central Asia. There are now 25 million Muslims in Russia [...] |
|[2007-01-17] More U.S. Women Are Single Than Married|
|A record-setting 51 percent of U.S. women are now living without a spouse, according to a report in today's Times — up from 35 percent in 1950. How do New York women feel about that spike? We asked them in front of that temple of matrimony, the Kleinfeld bridal megashop in Chelsea. —Tim Murphy
Meryl Arbusfeld, legal consultant, Teaneck: "I think it's sad that so many people don't have a spouse. My daughter's here to get fitted for her wedding dress, so hopefully that won't happen to her."
Valeriya Bokova, bartender-student, Coney Island (originally Ukraine): "I don't think it's so good be [...] |
|[2007-01-17] 51 Percent of American Women Are Single|
|For the first time ever, more American women are living without a spouse than with one, the New York Times reports in an analysis of the latest census results. In 2005, 51 percent of women reported living without a spouse. This number was only 35 percent in 1950 and 49 percent in 2000. William H. Frey, a demographer for the Brookings Institution, called the shift "a clear tipping point, reflecting the culmination of post-1960 trends associated with greater independence and more flexible lifestyles for women," the New York Times reports. Ultimately, this trend may affect social and workplace po [...] |
|[2007-01-17] American Women Now Say 'I Don't' More Than 'I Do'|
In 2005, 51 percent of women said they were living without a spouse. That's a slight rise from 49 percent who said the same in 2000. Fifty years ago, there were bad marriages, but more often than not, people stuck them out.Ray Crosby doesn't believe women are pickier these days."Smarter," she said.Like 26-year-old Stephanie Babic, who took her time before getting engaged to Mr. Right."I had a pretty good career going myself and I was living alone. I was content being alone, but as I got older I realized that I didn't want to grow old by myself," she said.Professor Shoshana Grossbard has hel [...] |
|[2007-01-17] Majority of U.S. women live without a spouse, Census says|
|Art is a big part of Sandi Gordon's life as director of a gallery in Chicago.
Marriage is not. The 51-year-old is single.
"Single women today have full, happy lives," she says. "We don't have to be married. We don't have to be partnered.”
She is part of a new majority of women. For the first time, according to Census results, more women, 51 percent, are living without a spouse than with one.
Some of the reasons?
Women are delaying marriage. And they're living longer as widows.
Or, like Baltimore attorney Catherine Flynn, they are in no hurry to get remarried after a divorce.
"I get t [...] |
|[2007-01-17] Breaking up isn't so hard to do|
|It's not you, it's me.
Chances are you've either said it or been on the receiving end of this lame breakup line. It ranks right up there with "I need to find myself," in terms of clarity and honesty.
But prepare yourself: We've officially hit breakup season, according to Yahoo! Personals.
The dating service surveyed more than 2,500 of its users and found that people are more than twice as likely to think about breaking up now than at any other time of the year.
The prime period seems to be between Christmas and Valentine's Day -- when you have hung in long enough to have a date to your com [...] |
|[2007-01-17] Every fifth Ukrainian assesses negatively integration with Russia|
|41.34% of Ukrainians believe that close integration with Russia gives an opportunity to Ukraine to work freely in Russia; 21.55% see Ukraine partially losing its independence in this action. These are results of a poll conducted Gorshenin Institute of Governance Issues (Kiev) released on January 16, a REGNUM correspondent in Kiev reports.
Meanwhile, 12.41% of the respondent expressed confidence that close integration with Russia will serve as guaranteed security to Ukraine from a military aggression; 12.96% say that such cooperation envisages Russian military bases in Ukraine; 10.5% predict [...] |
|[2007-01-17] Cell phone links suspended in Moscow subway|
|Russia's three leading mobile phone operators MTS, VimpelCom and Megafon have suspended services in the Moscow subway, the companies told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
The companies did not state the reason for the decision, but company representatives unofficially said the move is connected to a possible terrorist threat.
The cellular operators plan to resume services in the metro from 12 a.m. Thursday if there are no additional recommendations from authorities.
Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee, headed by Federal Security Service's (FSB) boss Nikolai Patrushev, said Tuesday the servi [...] |
|[2007-01-17] Eastern girls and western boys|
|Women, runs an Indian joke, were the reason the British lost India. Indians managed a working relationship with the men but when the prissy women landed with their flouncy dresses and aversion to the heat, it was time for independence.
Asian women in Britain, however, are coping with the heat; that of the rat race and the heart. As many as 220,000 are in the work force, 62,000 in "grade A" professional/managerial positions and many outstrip their Asian male counterparts in achievement and financial independence.
In love, while the men retreat back "home" to find accommodating brides, a visib [...] |
|[2007-01-17] Millionaire gives away a king's ransom to find girl of his dreams|
|When I was 21, I planned to be married with children by 25. When that didn't happen, I set a new goal of 30. Now I'm 32, still single and can't waste any more time.
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I don't want to be running around a football field with a toddler when I'm 50, so it's time to call in a professional. I'm going to pay someone £20,000 to find me a wife.
On paper, you'd think I was the perfect eligible bachelor. I run my own photographic, dance and recording studio and have another business that does everything from web design to animation.
My great- [...] |
|[2007-01-16] The new USA (US) law on dating agency(s)|
|This law only apply's when you meet the lady's face to face in our offices. At this meeting YOU and the LADY can exchange information, if you do not wish to continue your relationship, we will request the return of your information and the lady(s) return your information on you. WE WILL HOLD ALL INFROMATION IN COMPLETE CONFIDENTIALITY. Before meeting a lady(s) you do not need to give out your personal information. It is INSANE to think any man would want to give out his personal information before meeting ANY lady. This disclosure of your personal information is a basis for identity theft or w [...] |
|[2007-01-16] What Women Need to Know About Divorce and Their Finances|
|Women need to be financially prepared before a marriage has the chance to go sour. That means being aware of your family's financial situation and being responsible for your personal long-term financial outlook, including retirement.
Too many women learn the financial lessons of divorce the hard way. Women face different financial challenges than men.
They still make only about 76 cents for every dollar men do, and they are more likely to take time off during their careers to raise children. Furthermore, women invest less aggressively than men do.
Women also live an average of seven year [...] |
|[2007-01-16] Most of us believe marriage is for life, and that adultery is wrong — and yet 22% of men in their first marriage admit to an affair, and about 40% of British marriages end in divorce|
|You have one, perhaps. I certainly do. So do most of the people who live on my street in west London. Sometimes a marriage is fabulous and wonderful, a miraculous union of souls connected in eternal bliss. And at other times it’s a bit tarnished, wretched. One day it could be a shiny Aston Martin, the next a scruffy Ford Fiesta. And sometimes it might be in between. We’re talking holy wedlock here, perhaps the most difficult journey we’ll make in our lives. Some consider it so arduous a path that they do not even attempt it. Others, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Rod Steiger and Marlon Brando, make [...] |
|[2007-01-16] Disappointment most likely catch for online daters|
|If you've been trawling the online dating pool and think you've spotted a fish worth reeling in, a new report suggests you might want to quit while you're ahead.
Contrary to people's belief that they will grow to like others more as they get to know them, the study reveals that the opposite is actually true. In most cases, familiarity does indeed breed contempt.
In the paper, published in the current issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers asked online daters to rate how much they liked their prospective partners and how much they knew about them before and aft [...] |
|[2007-01-16] Demographics Undermining Russia's Position in Asia|
|Russian President Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting of the Security Council in Moscow dedicated to addressing the social and economic problems of the Russian Far East. In Putin's assessment, the situation in the region, which borders China, had become so grave as to constitute a threat to the country's national security. According to a transcript on the Kremlin website, Putin declared in his opening remarks that past government action had failed to overcome the Far East's grave problems. These include the district's declining Russian population and its imbalanced economic activities. Putin also [...] |
|[2007-01-16] 51% of Women Are Now Living Without Spouse|
|For what experts say is probably the first time, more American women are living without a husband than with one, according to a New York Times analysis of census results.
In 2005, 51 percent of women said they were living without a spouse, up from 35 percent in 1950 and 49 percent in 2000.
Coupled with the fact that in 2005 married couples became a minority of all American households for the first time, the trend could ultimately shape social and workplace policies, including the ways government and employers distribute benefits.
Several factors are driving the statistical shift. At one end [...] |
|[2007-01-16] Online dating conference gathers in Miami Beach|
|If the digital Cupids of the online dating industry want to keep their sex appeal, they need to start stealing tricks from younger and nimbler websites.
That seemed to be the unromantic message floating through the hallways at iDate, the annual conference of the Internet dating industry, which started at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Monday.
Over the last decade, Web dating has gone from being the realm of pimply-faced teenagers with an aversion to real-world contact to a multimillion-dollar mainstream love machine. The fact that some 350 participants forked over almost $1,000 each to [...] |
|[2007-01-16] Still hurdles to taking bride's name|
|It's the age-old question ... what's in a surname?
In not-so-ancient times, the practice of a bride taking the surname of her husband upon marriage represented her status as his property.
But the offensive and antiquated concept of wives as chattels has long ago gone the way of the dodo in North America, and increasingly more soon-to-be-married women are fighting hard to retain their independence and preserve the pre-marriage identity they worked since birth to build.
A 2003 survey conducted by Wedding Bells magazine found that 18% of Canadian brides and 6% of American brides had chosen [...] |
|[2007-01-16] Why Being a Feminist Does Not Mean Backing All Women|
|There is still a false idea out there that feminists back every woman, regardless of how she behaves. Let's leave that behind right along with 2006.
In fact, feminism is just the belief that all people have the full circle of human qualities combined in a unique way in each of us. The simplistic labels of "feminine" and "masculine" are mostly about what society wants us to do: submerge our unique humanity in care giving and reproducing if we're women, and trade our unique humanity for power if we're men.
So yes, I believe that women have the right to be wrong, with no double standard of crit [...] |
|[2007-01-15] St. Petersburg: Palaces, art and a peek into Russian life|
|Adolf Hitler never made it to lunch, but we did.
In 1942, the Fuhrer sent out invitations for a victory celebration at the Astoria, a hotel and restaurant in the besieged city of Leningrad.
Underestimating the toughness of Leningrad's resistance and the ferocity of the Russian winter, the city never fell and the celebration never took place.
But on a tour available now through Princess Cruises, international visitors dine at the Astoria. For starters there's vodka, that mainstay of Russian meals. It burns the throat, soothes ragged travel nerves and eases conversation among tourists who [...] |
|[2007-01-15] Speed Dating On The M6?|
|It's happened to anyone who will care to admit it - spotting that dream date across three lanes of motorway at 70mph.
For many that's the end of the potentially romantic road as that hunk speeds off over the horizon or up a slip road to Doncaster, but a new social networking site aimed at inspiring fast-lane liaisons could be about to give a red light to missed opportunities.
Social networking site Wannaflirt.co.uk believes it is the first online chat and flirt website able to take the explosive success of cyber chat onto the road.
Members are given a unique simple to remember membership nu [...] |
|[2007-01-15] Love is Blind|
|I think most of us would agree that Thai women are amongst the most beautiful in the world. This is regardless of profession or class, because attractive Thai women can be spotted in a beer bar, a bank, a brasserie, or Big C…anywhere, in fact. So can someone please explain to me why a number of foreign men opt for the ugly ones to parade to the world on their arm? Let me put this in context before my comment sparks a cascade of m
acho complaints. I have recently been having my New Year holiday and have therefore not been tied to my desk all day, and so I have had time on my hands enoug [...] |
|[2007-01-15] Island's men lure foreign visitors seeking sun, sand – and sex|
|BERMUDA is catering to female tourists' lusty need for sex. That's according to a recent article in the Ottawa Citizen which claims that thousands of female visitors flock to the Caribbean and Bermuda every winter to spend a week or two sleeping with local "beach boys" and paying them back in drinks, meals, gifts and even cash."And it is Quebec women – with reputations as financially generous and uninhibited – who are among the best established in the island flesh trade," the article quoted.Also referred to as "sex tourists", or as some prefer "romance travellers looking for love and a little [...] |
|[2007-01-15] How do you find a partner when the same five people go to the village pub every night?|
'I wouldn't meet a single man round here even if I lay out in the middle of the road with no clothes on," laments Jane Williams. "I'd get carted off to the loony bin, but I wouldn't meet a single man." Jane, 53, has been divorced for two and a half years and lives in a remote corner of north Wales. Her closest neighbour is a lady in her seventies and the hottest night-spot is the pub three-quarters of a mile away. The closest she's come to being swept off her feet was a drink with a lonely Welsh farmer with an indecipherable accent and a passion for dominoes. "I've no wish learn the rules of [...] |
|[2007-01-15] Big, fat Greek dating site|
|For years, Cypriots were introduced to each other through proxenia. The concept is given a modern twist on broxenia.comAN ONLINE dating agency catering to Greeks abroad is, “helping people find love, so your family don’t have to.”Broxenia.com, with a membership of over 1,200, is the only dating site in the UK uniquely for Greeks and Greek Cypriots.With this policy, they ensure that members are able to create new friendships, thereby strengthening the Greek worldwide community.The website is advertised as, “one big Greek family with members on five continents.”Josephine Charalambous is the foun [...] |
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