Amy Alkon


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I grabbed my boyfriend’s phone to look something up, and I found a Google search for local massage places that offer “happy endings.” more

Apr 24, 2017 3:43 PM Advice


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She’s prodding me to say “I love you” repeatedly throughout the day, and she blows up at me for not doing it enough. Though I do love her, the required affirmations feel hollow. more

Apr 18, 2017 4:40 PM Advice


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I love my boyfriend; however, I feel bad that he never buys me presents. He did when we were dating, and he buys himself extravagant stuff. more

Apr 7, 2017 4:41 PM Advice

I’m a woman in my 30s. I was married for five years, but now, thank God, I’m divorced and about two years into a wonderful new relationship. more

Apr 3, 2017 3:05 PM Advice


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This “cover your plate” thing is not a rule. It’s just an ugly idea that’s gained traction in parts of the country—those where bridezillas have transformed getting married into a fierce social deathmatch, the wedding spendathalon. more

Mar 27, 2017 4:22 PM Advice

Confessing your crush to your married co-worker is like arranging a transfer to her—of your 26-pound tumor: “His name is Fred. He enjoys fine wine, banned preservatives, and cigarette smoke. I hope you’re very happy together!” more

Mar 20, 2017 5:30 PM Advice

My problem is that I’ll go on one or two dates with a girl and then get the whole “I just wanna be friends.” more

Mar 13, 2017 2:34 PM Advice

I’m a 27-year-old guy, and I’m not very funny. I know women like a guy with a sense of humor, so I was interested in these “Flirt Cards” with funny messages that I saw on Kickstarter. more

Mar 8, 2017 12:18 PM Advice


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Having regular dinners with somebody doesn’t mean you’re dating. I have dinner with my TV several nights a week, but that doesn’t mean I should get “Samsung forever!” tattooed on my special place. more

Feb 28, 2017 5:32 PM Advice

The 40-year-old guy I’m dating swivels his head to check out ladies everywhere. He even comments on those he finds attractive. more

Feb 20, 2017 4:02 PM Advice


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I really appreciated your recent column about people who go through with getting married when they know deep down that they’re making a mistake. I’m reminded of the common societal admonishment against being a “quitter.” more

Feb 13, 2017 4:09 PM Advice


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Is being on the road to bankruptcy really what it takes to impress the ladies? more

Feb 7, 2017 3:17 PM Advice


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So, you just want the security of marriage with all the excitement of dating somebody new—which is kind of like wanting a latex hood and ball gag that are also a comfy old pair of slippers. more

Jan 31, 2017 4:27 PM Advice

I’m a 27-year-old woman, dating again after a six-year relationship. I slept with a guy on the third date and was dismayed when he didn’t spend the night more

Jan 23, 2017 4:00 PM Advice


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Two of my girlfriends just got divorced. Both recently admitted to me that they knew they shouldn’t have gotten married at the time but did anyway. more

Jan 16, 2017 2:20 PM Advice


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My girlfriend found a certain little blue pill in my jeans pocket, and her feelings were hurt. I explained that I'm as into her as ever; I just need a little extra help because I'm getting older. more

Jan 3, 2017 4:00 PM Advice


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I'm a 32-year-old guy, and I want a real relationship. I am good-looking and charming and can get girls into bed pretty early on, but I'm beginning to wonder whether that's hurting me. more

Dec 28, 2016 11:45 AM Advice

Image via Shutterstock I'm a 42-year-old divorcee, just back in the dating world and using dating apps. I have two young children, who live with me. I mentioned them in my profile at first, but more

Nov 7, 2016 12:00 AM Culture

Photo via Shutterstock Six months after meeting this amazing woman—I'll call her Ms. Perfect—I asked her to marry me. A year later, she broke off the engagement, saying, "I shouldn't be we more

Nov 1, 2016 12:00 AM Culture

Photo via Shutterstock Your response to "Torn" really missed the mark. She is the 35-year-old woman whose friends and family think her 43-year-old boyfriend is lazy and not good enough for her more

Oct 24, 2016 12:00 AM Culture