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Super-thoughtful holiday gift ideas for all your 'loved' ones

So, it’s time to buy people presents. Again. And while there are very concrete rules about what not to get the special people in your life, getting it right isn’t always as easy. Until now. Here are the most thoughtful gifts to get for your most cherished loved ones. You’re welcome. Your foodie...

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  • Ask Anna: Is confidence really key?

    Ask Anna: Is confidence really key?

    I've been faking it but haven't made it yet. People keep telling me that women like confidence, but confidence in myself as a dating partner is hard to find. All of my experiences tell me I'm not the most physically attractive guy. My personality has gotten me a good amount of female friends, but...

  • To snoop or not to snoop?

    To snoop or not to snoop?

    I read recently about the new iPhone feature being able to accept up to five fingerprints to allow phone access. This has started a curious debate with my boyfriend about whether he should be one of those prints. The thought that he could have unrestricted access to my phone is abhorrent to me,...

  • Can I be friends with my daughter’s father?

    Can I be friends with my daughter’s father?

    Dear Anna, My ex and I have been separated since our daughter was 9 months old (she’s almost 2 now), and we still keep in contact, of course for our child, but also for non-child-related reasons. By the time I moved out of his house, he was already talking to a new girl, now his girlfriend, who...

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  • The Second City: Creative ways to hide your post-election crying fits

    The Second City: Creative ways to hide your post-election crying fits

    Whether you’re ready to move on or not, regular life is carrying on in our post-election world. Hey, you can go for as long as 45 minutes without remembering the current societal chaos! Perhaps you’ve even smiled once or twice? And then, out of the poorly-predicted-by-Nate-Silver blue, you’re crying....

  • Ask Anna: Can I hook up with my friend?

    Ask Anna: Can I hook up with my friend?

    Dear Anna, I am interested in having sex with one of my friends. Usually I need some kind of emotional attachment for sex, so this works out. The problem is that the attachment between us could be compared to the best attachment on the vacuum cleaner— you know, the one that never comes off the...

  • Opinion: Michelle Obama for president in 2020, please

    Opinion: Michelle Obama for president in 2020, please

    Every four years, we get a chance to vote and choose the next leader of the free world. I’ve had the opportunity to vote in three presidential elections. I remember being so excited to hit the polls in 2008 and 2012. This year—not so much! Everything about this presidential race resembled a circus,...

  • Opinion: It's not game over

    Opinion: It's not game over

    I cried when I went to bed last night. Deep, terrified, angry sobs. Donald Trump hadn’t been declared the winner, but he was closing in, and I decided that was a moment of history I didn’t want to witness.Earlier in the night, when things weren’t as clear, I was talking to someone I love very much...

  • How do I ask my mom to buy me a vibrator?

    How do I ask my mom to buy me a vibrator?

    A few days ago, me and my mom had a talk about boyfriends and sex. (I’m 14.) She said don't do sex and just get a vibrator. I want a vibrator, but I don’t know how to ask. I need advice, and please don't tell me I'm too young.—Buzzed Dear Buzzed, I won’t tell you you’re too young to get a vibrator....

  • We had an awful first date. How can I score a second?

    We had an awful first date. How can I score a second?

    I met a guy on Tinder, and we went out. I told him that despite my best efforts, I'm usually a big ball of nerves on a first date. Sure enough, that's what happened. The conversation was awkward, I sounded like an idiot, and there were a lot of awkward pauses. Eventually I told him I was going...

  • Rahm’s rat crisis solution should actually just be weasels

    Rahm’s rat crisis solution should actually just be weasels

    Mayor Emanuel recently revealed his rather “chilling” plan to solve Chicago’s rat crisis: dry ice. The substance, when buried in enclosed places, fills the space with carbon dioxide and suffocates the rats and their little rat families in a diabolical plot worthy of a Batman villain. It’s horrible....

  • How do I stop obsessing about my ex?

    How do I stop obsessing about my ex?

    It’s been four months since I was dumped. I still think about him every day. Do you think it means I’m not over him? Or is it just curiosity/habit? I wonder how he’s doing. I think of our inside jokes and routines. I worry about him a little. I’ve blocked him on social media so I don’t have to...

  • How do I bail on a Tinder date?

    How do I bail on a Tinder date?

    I met a guy online last week, and we really hit it off. We have a date planned for tonight, and all day I have been dreading it. I think it's probably because it's too soon after my ex, and I wasn't expecting to find someone so quickly. Anyway, I'd really like to cancel the date and commit to spending...

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  • Is it weird to have stronger orgasms solo than with a partner? And other quick 'n' dirty questions for fall

    Is it weird to have stronger orgasms solo than with a partner? And other quick 'n' dirty questions for fall

    Happy fall, dreamboats. That means it’s time for pumpkin-flavored everything, existential malaise about how WINTER IS COMING and another riveting edition of quick and dirty advice. Let’s fall head over heels into fall.  I’m 22, straight, female. In the past week, several men have claimed to “know...

  • Working women: Speak up. Say no. And other tips from 'Feminist Fight Club'

    Working women: Speak up. Say no. And other tips from 'Feminist Fight Club'

    Who says feminists are humorless whiners? A bunch of people, actually, if my inbox is any guide. There's no time for that nonsense, though, when you're fighting the good fight. "Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual (For a Sexist Workplace)" is a hilarious new guide to pushing back against...

  • Why I, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Deserve Your Vote this November

    Why I, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Deserve Your Vote this November

    My fellow Americans, as one of the nation’s most popular beings, I, Pumpkin Spice Latte, am proud to announce my presidential campaign for the 2016 election. Now, if the smile on your face as you smell and ingest my seasonal nirvana isn’t enough for you to cast your ballot for me, here are some...

  • How do I approach women?

    How do I approach women?

    I'm a man in my 30s and have never been on a date nor had a romantic relationship. I take public transportation to work daily, and I see a couple of women here and there that I want to go and start a conversation with. The problem is that I get very nervous and don't know what to say. Yes, we've...

  • Does living with my parents make me undateable?

    Does living with my parents make me undateable?

    I’m 26 and living with my parents again. I was living with my girlfriend of eight years until she dumped me in June. I’m working part time and trying to save money, but does anyone want to date a guy who lives with his parents? I feel like I should date, but also don’t know if I can because I can’t...

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