Relationships

Monogamy is often touted as the cultural ideal for human partners, but are we really cut out for it? Molly and Cristen take a look at social and sexual monogamy in the animal kingdom in an attempt to answer this question.

Dating Science: Does It Matter Who Makes the First Move?

Even though men and women have played the mating game for eons, we're somehow still scratching our heads about certain formalities. For instance, when it comes to dating, does it matter who makes the first move? More specifically, does it matter if a woman bends the social rules a bit and approaches a man who strikes her fancy?

Chivalry was originally the code of behavior for medieval knights; today, the term is synonymous with courteous male behavior towards women. But is modern chivalry obsolete? Molly and Cristen ponder chivalry, courtesy and feminism in this episode.

In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss why breaking up with romantic partners is universally painful -- and offer some consolation to sufferers -- as they explore the brain chemistry of breakups.

Conventional wisdom would suggest that long-distance relationships are doomed to failure, but is that actually the case? Molly and Cristen sift through stats and studies to determine if long-distance relationships can ever work out.

On Monday, I discussed the male half of the opposite-sex-friend (OSF) equation. Namely, while sex isn't the top priority for men forging friendships with women, it's still on their minds especially when both parties are single. That same OSF study I referenced asserts that women derive a particular benefit from platonic guy pals as well.

Popular culture would suggest that heterosexual men and women can't have purely platonic relationships, but is this claim really valid? Molly and Cristen take a closer look at cross-sex friendships in this episode.

Do men and women cheat for different reasons?

In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and Cristen discuss what studies and anecdotal evidence suggest about male and female cheating.

When it comes to relationships, the conventional wisdom is that opposites attract. In this episode, Molly and Cristen explore what genetics, scientific studies and anecdotal evidence suggest about what makes romantic partners most attractive to us.

Is dating going extinct?

There's been a lot of buzz recently about the "hook-up culture" and whether or not it has an effect on women and traditional dating. Tune in for Molly and Cristen's funny, thoughtful take on the topic.