The seemingly stagnant status of my relationship is driving the people around me crazy, and by default, their reactions are driving me crazy. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had the “When are you getting married?” convo. They don’t get it. When Fida asked me to write about why I didn’t want to get married in our wedding-themed issue, I jumped at the chance. Maybe putting it in print and making my entourage read it will imprint my reasons in their minds (pun very intended).
Mon amour, mon ami
As successful as pornography is, at least commercially speaking, it has been at constant battle with lawmakers that attempt to restrict its availability to the public. But, with the expansion of the internet, talk of “banning” porn is highly unlikely. So rather than beating a dead horse (and also because we don’t believe in censorship), RAGMAG will focus on educating you about the classical schools of thought on porn. Read on to learn the effects of pornography on your relationship and the gender differences in consuming porn.
Ah, Valentine’s Day. Some will tell you it’s the most magical day of the year and others will call it the most overhyped, over-exploited and overrated day ever. I actually really love Valentine’s Day –I mean, what’s not to like? Sappy music on the radio, check. Fuzzy red teddy bears in every shop window, check. Heart-shaped chocolate in every candy aisle of every supermarket, check. Giggling girls planning on decking their boyfriends’ rooms with red-and-pink balloons and giving them pink boxers with red hearts as a mock-present, check. Panicking guys who don’t know what to give their girlfriends and who can’t find a place at a decent restaurant, CHECK. All those factors make February 14th my favorite day of the year. And if you believed that, you obviously don’t know me.
You wake up one morning with a database of e-mails and messages, with endless memories and one and only broken-heart. It’s over. The tough journey begins: you cry, you eat chocolate, you look at your cute pictures together and you isolate yourself for days... Guess what? You are not the first woman facing the end of a long term relationship. Many have tread the path before you so benefit from their advice to move on!
During my MBA years at LAU Beirut, I enrolled in a Financial Management course despite being warned by two friends of mine (both girls) that it was a difficult and tricky course. Financial Management consists of creating wealth for a certain business through proper planning and control. It requires strong decision-making skills to maximize the Return on Investment (ROI) for every dollar spent, bearing in mind the external and internal risk factors. You’re probably asking yourself why the hell I’m talking about a finance course to explain matters of the heart, but the truth is that this course has given me a new insight on handling relationships.
You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that technology has changed the relationship game and not just for marriage. Its growing popularity and evolution has in turn challenged us to adapt to 21st Century online social etiquette. Several books such as “Facebook and Your Marriage” and “Love, Marriage… and Facebook” have popped up.
Whenever I yell at my mother that she doesn’t spend enough time chilling with me and my sister, I immediately feel a pang of guilt: She works two jobs, cooks for us, takes care of my sick grandmother and deals with our college fees, car payments, medical bills and a million other things that I don’t have room to list here. She doesn’t yell back when I complain, she just looks at me with a tired sigh or continues working silently.
You know he’s not the one. He’s not even half of one, actually. Mr. Right often toes that thin line between perfect and just making the cut. He is Mr. Right now. You can’t see yourself with him, and you don’t want anyone else to see you with him either. RAGMAG picked out a few good indicators of permanence and lack thereof. Read on for a checklist and see if you agree that he’s here today, gone tomorrow!