Life & Love

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Dear E. Jean: I was the happy mistress of a married man for six years. Last winter he decided to discard me and take a new mistress. I was devastated, but I moved on. I found a new job and established a strong connection with my boss—an amazing doctor. The attraction between us was immediate.
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Dear E. Jean: I’ve been married four months, and I’m still a virgin. Every time I try to initiate something, my husband won’t allow me to take off my bra or panties. My job is to satisfy him with oral sex, and that’s it. I’ve tried showing him movies and books and talking to him.
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Dear E. Jean: In 2008 I made a sex tape with my boyfriend at the time. The affair ended badly. We’ve not been on civil terms since—in fact, we’re not speaking. Now, with a more sensible head on my shoulders, I’m applying to be an elementary school teacher. If I were establishing a career in
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Welcome to “The Perfect,” ELLE.com’s weekly roundup of all the elements needed for a perfectly outfitted and executed fill-in-the-blank. There’s an art to going on a road trip, and now that cell phones have made navigating a no-brainer, we can really focus in on the finer points. From what you wear to how you get
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that cases of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea have reached a record high, and women have more cause for concern than men. According to the CDC’s recent STD surveillance release, the U.S. has seen a sharp increase in the number of STD cases from 2013 to 2017, salient
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Dear E. Jean: I’m a professor at a small liberal arts college. During a very tempestuous four-year relationship with a scientist, I had sex with his colleague, and he retaliated by having sex with my best friend, so we broke up. Only problem is he’s now getting married, and we’re still talking on the phone
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The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was the blockbuster romcom of the season. It had a viewership —29 million—that would make John Hughes blush. It had a fairy-tale princess—literally—romance, and a classic girl-meets-guy-with-British-accent story arc. Don’t forget the aw-shucks Hollywood close-up: Prince Harry, standing googly-eyed at the altar as his freckled bride-to-be approached.
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Okay everyone, buckle up, because this might be the most insane wedding story you’ll hear this year. On Saturday, one Twitter user, @0lspicykeychain, tweeted screenshots of a status she saw shared in a wedding shaming group on Facebook. (To clarify, a wedding shaming Facebook group is exactly what it sounds like—a place on the internet
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Dear E. Jean: How can we—I’m including most of my girlfriends in this question­—be powerful, successful women and date not-as-successful men? Is it possible to maintain our femininity and earn more money than men and somehow not emasculate them? My girlfriends and I are struggling with this. I think I just lost the love of
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Dear E. Jean: I’m second-in-command of a major municipality, sit on several boards, volunteer my few extra hours a week, and enjoy a whirlwind social calendar. (I was recently described as “the Queen of the Political Scene,” a label I found comical because I was Piggy in my Lord-of-the-Flies-high-school social order.) I’m 29, popular, and
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“Let me see the ring!” It’s the age-old insistence that family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers make after one announces their engagement. But not everyone’s on the bandwagon: some millennials are spending less on engagement rings while others are erasing the word “engagement ring” from their vocabulary completely. So, what it’s like for those people,
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Virgo Season is underway from August 23 to September 22, 2018 as the Sun hunkers down in the virgin’s decorous domain. Time to Konmari your sock drawer, Google every minor ache, scrub down all surfaces with industrial-strength anti-bacterial spray…right? Well, no. While Virgo energy can be discerning and systematic, it is one of the most
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Forty of America’s wokest men are sitting in a circle on a mountaintop in Ojai, California. Many are wearing AllBirds and joggers, taking notes in their Moleskines. The only woman anyone notices is Esther Perel, the 60-year-old, sun-tanned couples’ therapist in jeans, a spaghetti strap top and platform sandals. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below “Masculinity