Laken Howard
NU/Medill alum; Brooklynite; sex/dating/relationships contributor; win my heart with cat pictures and eggs benedict
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7 Things It’s Never OK For Your Partner To Criticize You For, According To Experts

There are a lot of different facets of being someone's partner: you're their support system, their teammate, their lover, their biggest advocate — but at times, you have to play the role of concerned critic, too. Everyone messes up occasionally, and …
By Laken Howard

Single, Childless Women Over 30 Don't Feel Represented In The Media — And That Needs To Change

When it comes to how women are portrayed in the media, we've certainly come a long way since the days of The Donna Reed Show and its "happy housewife" trope — but even in 2018, it's clear that we still have a *very* long way to go. According to a new…
By Laken Howard

9 People Reveal What Sex With Their Partner Was Really Like The First Time

No matter how sexually experienced you are, your first time having sex with someone new can still be a nerve-wracking experience. Sex is a super intimate act that requires a lot of trust, and the first time you're that vulnerable with someone can be …
By Laken Howard

7 Daily Habits Experts Say Can Help You Get Over A Breakup Faster

Breakups are just one of those things that are universally terrible: they can be messy, painful, and of course, heartbreaking. Unfortunately, because every relationship, and thus every breakup, is unique, there's no one individual piece of advice tha…
By Laken Howard

9 Relationship Problems You Didn't Realize Were Universal To All Couples

It pretty much goes without saying that no one really *wants* to fight with their partner, but the reality is that arguing from time to time in a relationship is inevitable. Even if you love your partner and are content overall in your relationship, …
By Laken Howard

Here's Exactly What To Say To Your Partner If You're Bored In Your Relationship

Being bored in a relationship is a very real thing — but a little boredom doesn't necessarily mean a relationship is doomed! To be honest, being stuck in any kind of routine can be a bit dull, and after a while of dating the same person, you're natur…
By Laken Howard

If You Have This Surprising Character Trait, You're More Likely To Be Trusting

Particularly when it comes to building healthy relationships, the ability to trust people is super important. However, some people are simply more trusting than others — but is there a reason why some individuals have an easier time letting their gua…
By Laken Howard

7 Unexpected Relationship Incompatibilities That You Can Actually Turn Into Strengths

When you love your partner, the idea of finding incompatibilities in your relationship can be scary. After all, doesn't "incompatible" roughly translate to "not cut out for the long haul"? Fortunately, the answer is no: while it's good to have core v…
By Laken Howard

The 7 Worst Ways To Break Up With Someone, According To Relationship Experts

If there's one thing we can pretty much all agree on, it's that breaking up with someone is never a particularly fun or easy task. That being said, there are considerate, gentle ways to go about it, as opposed to some of the more cruel ways to break …
By Laken Howard

11 Expert Masturbation Tips To Help You Have Stronger Orgasms

One of the best things about masturbation is that there's no "wrong" or "right" way to do it: as long as it feels good and helps you feel sexually connected to yourself, it doesn't really matter how you choose to masturbate. But even if you feel like…
By Laken Howard

7 Signs A Breakup Is In Your Near Future, According To Experts

There's almost nothing worse than the feeling of being head-over-heels in love with your partner, only to later be totally blindsided by a breakup. If you're happy and content in your relationship, the signs a breakup is coming can be difficult to re…
By Laken Howard

8 Sex Positions To Try If You Have A Sunburn

There are many, many wonderful things about summertime: the vacations, the warm, sunny weather, and of course, the hot summer hookups. But as wonderful as having some steamy sex in the summer can be, there's one aspect of it that's not so fun, and th…
By Laken Howard

This Is The Most Popular Dating App Among 18- To 34-Year-Olds Right Now

It's not exactly a secret that dating app use among millennials is super common: we use our phones for everything else, so it makes sense that we'd use an app to find a partner or hookup, too. That being said, not all dating apps are created equal, a…
By Laken Howard

7 Sex Positions To Try This Summer If You Want To Heat Things Up In Bed

The official start of summer is just around the corner, and what better way to kick off the hottest season of the year than by resolving to make this summer the steamiest, sexiest one yet? Thankfully, there's no shortage of sultry summer sex position…
By Laken Howard

The Reason I'm Choosing To Move 700 Miles Away From My Partner

I moved to New York City for the first time in college, to begin a much-anticipated internship at Cosmopolitan, a magazine I'd long regarded as my own personal bible. Predictably, I immediately fell in love with the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple…
By Laken Howard

The One Sex Position You Need To Try This Month

Is it just me, or is summer a particularly sexy time of year? It seems like all those good summertime vibes — relaxed and carefree, but still steamy and sultry — just flow right into the bedroom and heat things up. Plus, thanks to the sun's invigorat…
By Laken Howard

5 Questions To Ask Your Partner If You're Worried About Them Cheating

When you're in a relationship, it's totally normal to sometimes feel worried about your partner cheating on you — particularly if you've been cheated on in the past. Even if you trust your partner, we're all only human, and it's natural to feel anxio…
By Laken Howard

9 Dating Habits Of People Who Find The Relationships They Want

When you're single and looking for love, the prospect of finding a healthy relationship can seem daunting. Whether you want to date the old-fashioned way or you prefer the process of modern dating — making a dating profile that stands out, combing th…
By Laken Howard

Here's How Many Singles Have Fallen In Love On Vacation

There's something inherently romantic about summertime: the sun is shining, there's more happiness and positive energy in the air, and the fun, carefree vibes make it the perfect season to be single. Summer is also the opportune time to take a much-n…
By Laken Howard

7 Expert Tips For Getting Over Your First Breakup

There are few experiences in life more difficult and confusing than getting over your first breakup. To be honest, every breakup — whether it's your first or your tenth — has the potential to be awful, but there's something about going through a brea…
By Laken Howard