Dear E. Jean: An attractive 20-year-old girl asked my husband if he would father a child for her. She’s the girlfriend of my husband’s 51-year-old brother, who is unable to have children. I’ve always wanted children. My husband has consistently refused, saying he doesn’t “want the responsibility of raising, caring, and paying for kids.” But
Three days had past and still no word from my 80-year-old uncle, Tío Primitivo Rivera. Three days of no cell phone service. No electricity. No way of getting to him. No way of knowing if he was buried under his house with his roof peeled away like that scene from The Wizard of Oz. No
Dear E. Jean: I’m strong and independent at work. But in matters of the heart, I’m soft and sensitive, and because of it, men treat me in ways that are less than respectful. So are my girlfriends right? Will no guy ever come along who will love me for my sensitive self without taking advantage
Dear E. Jean: My boyfriend makes me laugh like no other, but sometimes I can’t tell if he’s serious. I’ve been waiting for him to pop the question, and recently he spontaneously dropped to one knee and said, “Will you marry me?” He had a big grin on his face, but since he didn’t present
Dear E. Jean: My best girlfriend says women should feel “empowered” when we hook up with guys, because it means we’ve “worked” them. But lately I don’t feel empowered. I feel guilty. Here’s what happened: My guy friend had been pursuing me, and last weekend, because of a strong cocktail, I decided to go for
Overnight flights, how do we hate thee? Let us count the ways: zero leg room, a seat that barely reclines, the child in front of you screaming incessantly, the child behind you merrily kicking your seat, and an early-morning landing time that ensures tomorrow will likely be a hellish day. But there is an art
Dear E. Jean: After ending a six-year affair with a married man (I’m surprised I’m still alive after the biggest crash of my life), I started meeting people online. One guy, the most gorgeous Frenchman ever (my age—36—and single) showed me a lot of attention. He said he’d “found the woman of his dreams.” I
Most women can say they’ve pulled the ol’ give-the-guy-the-wrong-number trick. But when a woman named Nicole gave a guy at a University of Calgary bar the wrong number recently, he was certain it absolutely *had* to be a mistake. (Oh, to have the self-assuredness of a man!) The man in question, Carlos Zetina, was so
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.
Instagram + Alina Petrichyn New York Fashion Week is upon us, and in between the events, presentations, runway shows, and copious amount of dad sneakers, there are also real people working to maintain their real lives and their real relationships. To find out what goes into juggling a partnership during such a hectic time, ELLE.com
Dear E. Jean: For the past four months, I’ve been seeing a wonderful, smart, funny man. My mother is worried because I’m 22 and he’s 32. He also has two small children from a previous affair and spent 10 months in prison. I understand her concern and anxiety—I do! But should that stop me from
Dear E. Jean: My best friend and I were staying at her boyfriend’s apartment in Chicago. (She and I share a close group of girlfriends from college days—our dearest, most important social circle. I am ashamed to be writing this letter.) I don’t recall how I got there or when I got there, but all
Break ups suck. For even the most mature, evolved people out there, deciding to separate from your best friend and bed warmer can be difficult at best. Then there’s the aftermath: the deleting of the Instagrams, the changing of the phone background, and the getting rid of the stuff. His T-shirts that found their way
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.
Dear E. Jean: How can things just go “poof”? The guy I fell for, not just any guy—the guy—met someone else and my heart broke into tiny pieces. I’ve tried so hard to move on, but it’s as if the universe does not want me to let go of him. It seems to be sending
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
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
For the most part, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is an absolute delight. However, there’s one part that’s more like a horror movie than a rom-com: the part when Lara Jean Covey’s little sister Kitty actually sends the letters Lara Jean has written to her crushes. They were supposed to be secret! Cue
Call it the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Effect ™, but dating is what we call a “hot topic” on the “internet” right now. And after a Twitter-user by the handle @_ItsMeBre called for women to share their worst first date stories of all time, some seriously cringe worthy content has been plastering
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
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
Paramount Pictures + Forrest Gump As if the fresh hellscape that is modern day dating isn’t exhausting enough, here’s a fun treat to destroy any last shred of hope you might have for single men: a man in Los Angeles dubbed the “Dine and Dash Dater” is accused of ditching a string of women he
Dear E. Jean: I’m so embarrassed! I saw my coworker’s penis. We have small, private-room bathrooms where I work, and I opened the door without knocking and walked right in when he was urinating. I screamed, “Sorry!” and ran out. When he reappeared, he was extremely red, and neither one of us brought it up.
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.