Laken Howard
NU/Medill alum; Brooklynite; sex/dating/relationships contributor; win my heart with cat pictures and eggs benedict
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Here's Why Sharing Passwords With Your Partner Can Be So Risky

The longer you date someone, the more intertwined your lives will become, which means the list of things the two of you share will gradually get longer and longer. It might sound silly, but in this digital day and age, sharing passwords in a relation…
By Laken Howard

This Genius Sex Toy Accessory Orders Pizza For You

On the list of things I never want to go without in this life, both orgasms and pizza make it into the top ten — so the news that someone came up with a way to order pizza using your vibrator (!!) is basically the best news ever. That's right: thanks…
By Laken Howard

10 Mixed Signals You May Get In A New Relationship — And How To Interpret Them

The beginning of a new relationship is usually a fun, exciting, romantic time — but it can also be confusing AF if you and your new partner aren't yet on the same page about your blossoming relationship. Unfortunately, getting mixed signals in a rela…
By Laken Howard

The #1 Excuse Cheaters Make When They're Sneaking Off To Have An Affair

When you're in a monogamous relationship — even one that's healthy and happy — it's normal to fear the possibility that, one day in the future, you could find signs that your partner is cheating on you. While it's not healthy to be paranoid about che…
By Laken Howard

6 Things People Who Found Love On Dating Apps Have In Common

If you're an avid online dater who's yet to find a lasting relationship, you've no doubt wondered if there's some sort of secret to finding love on a dating app that you're as-yet-unaware of. While there might not be a magic formula that will guarant…
By Laken Howard

15 Reasons Long-Term Relationships Fail, According To Reddit

Every long-term relationship is unique, but pretty much all couples have at least one important goal in common: to not break up. Unfortunately, not all relationships have what it takes to last, and even if everything seems just peachy right now, ther…
By Laken Howard

Here's The Most Popular Sex Toy In Your State

If you've spent any time at all browsing through some of the most popular sex toys out there, you'll know that the options are pretty much limitless: dildos of all shapes and sizes, couple's vibrators, all things anal — it can be overwhelming trying …
By Laken Howard

15 Common Signs Someone's Immature, According To Reddit

Whether or not we want to admit it, everyone can be a little immature from time to time — like inadvertently giggling at a fart or playing a dumb, harmless prank on a friend. But there's a huge difference between having occasional moments of immaturi…
By Laken Howard

People Are Sharing Their Biggest Regrets & It's Oddly Inspiring

In theory, "no regrets" is a great life mantra — but in practice, the older you get, the easier it is to look back and think, wow, I wish I'd known that sooner. This might contradict everything Drake once taught us about YOLO, but if you ask me, havi…
By Laken Howard

Here's How Keeping A Potential Partner Around As Backup Actually Hurts Your Dating Life

Is there anything worse than being interested in someone, only to eventually realize they're just *barely* maintaining contact so they can keep you around as a backup? If you ask me, it should be kind of a no-brainer that keeping someone on the back …
By Laken Howard

What To Get Your Significant Other For Valentine's Day, Based On Their Sign

Important announcement for all last-minute gift shoppers: the most ~romantic~ holiday of the year is basically here, which means your time to come up with cute, creative Valentine's Day gift ideas is rapidly ticking away. Sure, you can go with the ol…
By Laken Howard

13 Leslie Knope Quotes That Make Perfect Galentine's Day Instagram Captions

As all my fellow ladies are probably well aware, February 13 marks the absolute best holiday of the entire year: Galentine's Day. Courtesy of Parks and Rec's Leslie Knope, Galentine's Day is a time for awesome women to celebrate the other awesome wom…
By Laken Howard

People Are Tweeting The BEST Responses To The Annoying "Why Are You Single?" Question

It seems like any time you're not in a relationship, there's one super annoying question people just love to ask you: 'so why are you single?' Even when it's brought up casually or out of innocent curiosity, being asked why you're still single can be…
By Laken Howard

Here's What It Means If You're Not Feeling An Emotional Connection In A New Relationship

The early stages of a new relationship — when you're still getting to know each other and relishing every moment you spend together — can be some of the most exciting, romantic times you share with your partner. You're discovering new facets of each …
By Laken Howard

13 Sex Toys To Give Yourself This Valentine's Day

February might have just gotten started, but somehow Valentine's Day is already looming right around the corner — which could be very welcome or very unwelcome news, depending on whether you'll be single or taken this Valentine's Day. But honestly, w…
By Laken Howard

Valentine's Day Date Ideas To Try, Based On Your Significant Other's Sign

Planning a date night for your partner might be a fun activity any other time of year, but when Valentine's Day rolls around, the pressure to plan the perfect romantic evening can be overwhelming. If you've yet to make any concrete plans for February…
By Laken Howard

11 Things You Probably Didn't Learn In Sex Ed, But Should Have

If you went to high school in the U.S., then you'll probably agree that the list of things they don't teach you in sex ed — but totally should — is unfortunately long. There are more than a few problems with the state of American sexual education, bu…
By Laken Howard

This Is The One Sex Position You Need To Try This Month

Now that we've finally escaped the icy clutches of January, we can transition gratefully into February, the shortest and sweetest winter month. February has more to offer than just its blissful brevity, though: it also brings some serious romantic vi…
By Laken Howard

7 Little Things Single Women Want On A First Date

In a perfect world, all first dates would be an exciting, romantic, and totally stress-free experience — but in reality, going on a first date usually feels far from easy-breezy. Meeting someone new, especially in a romantic context, is always nerve-…
By Laken Howard

11 Cheap & Creative Valentine's Day Date Ideas That Prove Money Can't Buy Love

When you're balling on a budget, trying to plan a romantic, creative date for your partner can feel super stressful, and that pressure is never more intense than on the most ~romantic~ day of the year: Valentine's Day. But instead of panicking and la…
By Laken Howard