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Sunday 5 February 2012
Culture

love out loud: taking your relationship (status) for granted

Dunja Kay
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One week ago tonight, I sat down to watch the Australian Open final with my mum (my dad gave it a miss because of his high blood pressure), reverting to my old habits of getting things done with my Mac on my lap and a glass of red in hand. As I was cracking open…
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Wednesday 18 January 2012
Culture

love out loud: resolve not to date douchebags

Dunja Kay
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Resolutions concerning your love life are difficult to make as goal-oriented as other areas. Saying, ‘this year, I will meet Mr/Ms Right’ is hard to execute unless you’re prepared to lower your standards (and I don’t mean that to say that only “low quality” people want relationships, but rather that people you want to spend…
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Thursday 12 January 2012
Culture

love out loud: the hellcat dream girl

Dunja Kay
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We’re all pretty familiar by now with the Manic Pixie Dream Girl: the term coined by the AV Club’s Nathan Rabin to describes characters such as Natalie Portman’s Sam in Garden State, and pretty much every character played by Zooey Deschanel over the past few years. They’re essentially designed to catalyse a male protagonist’s development,…
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Wednesday 14 December 2011
Culture

love out loud: silence is worth 1600 words

Dunja Kay
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A few days ago, a friend correctly assumed that I would enjoy reading this, documenting a neurotic email sent by a NY banker to a woman with whom he went on one date. Even if you’re the slowest reader in the world, I assure you that reading said email is time well spent, but here…
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Thursday 8 December 2011
Culture

love out loud: you’re hot then you’re cold, you’re yes then you’re no, you’re in…termittently reinforcing

Dunja Kay
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The laws of operant conditioning and its methods of shaping behaviour have been applied to numerous situations and purposes in our ever-changing world since the reward/punishment model was pioneered by Burrhus Frederic Skinner many moons ago. One such situation is the quest to find a romantic partner – a task that continues to be one…
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Wednesday 9 November 2011
Culture

love out loud: the third wheel gets the grease

Dunja Kay
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Becoming one half of a couple opens up whole new avenues for judgment from your friends. The most obvious one is that they will judge your partner, the most common (and possibly most important) dichotomy being as to whether they are a d-bag or are not a d-bag. Less obvious is that you will not…
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Wednesday 26 October 2011
Culture Featured

love out loud: the maintained man

Dunja Kay
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Sometimes, I feel like giving myself a pat on the back for being such a feminist. I am such a feminist that not only do I not subscribe to traditional gender roles, but I reverse them. That’s right folks. My boyfriend is a kept man. Except that I never agreed to this. Aforementioned boyfriend got…
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Thursday 6 October 2011
Culture Featured

love out loud: i’ve had the time of my life

Dunja Kay
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I first saw Dirty Dancing at the age of 10, courtesy of my aunt (when I think about it, this is actually a bit of a cliché; my aunt is gorgeous, awesome, happily unmarried, and probably the reason why ‘spinster’ being used as an insult completely flew over my head). I loved it from the…
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Wednesday 31 August 2011
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love out loud: the taming of the player

Dunja Kay
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Pretty much every journalist for a women’s publication in the past couple of years has asked Katy Perry how she tamed Russell Brand. And pretty much every journalist for a women’s publication has been met with the same response: Perry’s insistence that she didn’t tame the former sex addict, but rather that she met him…
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Wednesday 27 July 2011
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love out loud: partner in cross-sex friendship

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When Jack White and Karen Elson announced their separation a few weeks ago, they likewise announced that they would hold a party to celebrate the relationship (which I guess isn’t that dissimilar to people celebrating a life rather than mourning the end of one at a funeral, but anyway). Having a party under these circumstances…
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Wednesday 13 July 2011
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love out loud: the boy who cried (and cried)

Dunja Kay
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‘Jordan texted me 49 times last night,’ Momo told me as she walked into work one morning. Jordan was a guy that Momo had been seeing (exclusively, but still “seeing”) for a few weeks, and as more facts came to light (he was drunk, and they were largely sentence fragments varying between ‘please come get…
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Friday 1 July 2011
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love out loud: better love next time

Dunja Kay
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A few weeks ago, my ex changed his facebook relationship status. Some of you might know him as Bon Jovi. Others of you might know him by his real name (and even though I have zero misconceptions about how many people read my articles and the realistic likelihood of legal action, I still prefer to…
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Friday 17 June 2011
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love out loud: how to find that special someone

Dunja Kay
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Now that I’ve been with Julio for over five (continuous!) months, I fancy myself a bit of a relationship expert, quite frankly. I am super happy, filled with gooey love, and I think I know the secret: Stay Single. Granted, this seems counter intuitive, but bear with me a moment. Depending on what exactly you…
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Friday 10 June 2011
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love out loud: getting over bob dylan

Dunja Kay
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A lot of my friends are certain that they are never going to love anyone like they loved their first love. Depending on how many times I’ve already heard them say this, my response differs from ‘I’m sure you’ll find someone just as great’ to ‘There’s a reason you broke up. You will definitely, definitely…
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