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Has sex-ed become a little too explicit?

By Kristin Wong Feb 20, 2013 5:38PM

At a classroom auditorium at the University of Illinois, students watched a pornographic film. And the star was at the head of the class.

"I think it is weird seeing a porn with the person who is in it right there," a student told the school's newspaper, The Daily Illini. "But she was cool with it, so I was too."

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"She" is porn star Annie Sprinkle. Sprinkle taught a weeklong course in sexual satisfaction at the university earlier this month. The program started on Feb. 3 and ended last week with a grand finale—an "orgasm workshop."

 

Researchers pinpoint tried-and-true ways couples keep their relationships running.

By Kristin Wong Feb 20, 2013 4:21PM
Your love life doesn't come with a manual, but it still needs maintenance.
Researchers from the University of Illinois examined the love lives of more than 12,000 individuals and reviewed 35 relationship-related studies. They wanted to find what it takes to keep a relationship going strong. 
Here are the five most vital relationship upkeep tips they found. Check them out, and tell us if you agree. Then share your own tips for maintaining a happy love life in the comments below.

Photo: Tom Merton/Getty Images / Relationship upkeep tips

 

A Thai couple sets a new world record for kissing

By Kristin Wong Feb 18, 2013 11:20PM

A couple in Thailand has set a world record for making out—they locked lips for a whopping 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. That's a long time to spend at first base.

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Fourteen couples gathered at a shopping mall in Thailand last week, where they attempted to win a kissing competition organized by Louis Tussaud's Waxworks museum. Ekkachai Tiranarat and his wife, Laksana, outlasted everyone with their PDA.

"They were very exhausted because they did not sleep for two-and-a-half days; they had to stand all the time, so they were very weak," museum manager Somporn Naksuetrong said.

Photo: Couple has longest kiss / Chaiwat Subprasom/ReutersThe previous kissing record, according to Guinness World Records, was set by another Thai couple in 2012. That duo lasted 50 hours. The Tiranarats managed to swap spit for over eight hours longer.

 

Internet dating is the new normal, but it definitely has its downsides.

By Kristin Wong Feb 18, 2013 3:25PM

'Catfishing' has become a more mainstream expression amid the recent Manti Te'o debacle. In the context of romance, it's essentially someone who creates and uses a false online identity to meet people.

With so many dating sites popping up, meeting someone online is the new normal. And if dating isn't hard enough, singles now have to consider whether the person they've fallen in love with is real. Oftentimes, they're not. Here are five awful online dating catfish stories.

Photo: 5 awful catfish stories / © Charriau Pierre/Getty Images

 

Got sext regret? Understandable—a new report shows that many Americans have been hacked by angry exes.

By Kristin Wong Feb 15, 2013 6:31PM

If your Valentine's Day gift included a racy photo from your significant other, you're not alone. This year, 36 percent of Americans said they planned to send their partner an explicit photo to celebrate the holiday. Because nothing says, "I love you" like an X-rated selfie.

Photo: Izabela Habur/Getty Images

 

Lonely on Valentine's Day? Here are five inspirational stories of romance.

By Kristin Wong Feb 14, 2013 4:48PM

If there's ever a time to overload on romance, today is the day.

They say you never know when you'll meet your future partner--for some couples, that moment falls on a suitable holiday. The Heart Beat has rounded up five true love stories that started on Valentine's Day. Have some candy hearts and enjoy.

Photo: 5 love stories for Valentine's Day / Thomas_EyeDesign/Getty ImagesMore on MSN Living: 10 tips for a sexy and romantic Valentine's Day

 

Extra-marital affairs are more common in some cities than others, according to an annual report.

By Kristin Wong Feb 13, 2013 10:25PM

For the second year in a row, Washington D.C. has been named the country's most infidelity-prone city.

AshleyMadison.com is a dating website for married people looking to cheat. "You only live once," is their motto, followed by, "have an affair." As you can imagine, the site is no stranger to criticism, and they've released another controversial report: their annual list of "Americas Least Faithful Cities." Based on user data collected on their site, they found that our nation's capital is indeed our country's least faithful city.

Photo: Least and most faithful cities / Cameron Davidson/Getty Images

 

Can't stop thinking about your ex? Valentine's Day can make it worse; here are some tips for moving on.

By Kristin Wong Feb 13, 2013 4:55PM

Sometimes your past won't stay where it belongs. During a breakup, denial can keep us from moving on from an ex—especially near Valentine's Day.

That's why love and relationship blog YourTango.com has officially declared Feb. 13 'Break Up With Your Ex' day. This year, The Heart Beat wanted to join in on the festivities. And just what do these festivities include?

"On February 13, YourTango is celebrating Break Up With Your Ex Day—a day to liberate yourself from old flames, say a final farewell same old type you always date—and vow to move on to healthy, happy, fulfilling relationships in 2013."

Sounds good to us. With the help of YourTango, we've put together a few tips for moving on from an old flame.

Photo: Break up with your ex day / Jamie Grill/JGI/Getty Images

 
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