Male Call: A Charted Conversation


 By James Roberts – A guy-pal — let’s call him “Jon” — related an interesting get-to-know-you phone convo that, sadly, ended less than gloriously. Or, perhaps that’s really the point of such conversations. You decide. Backing up. Jon and the woman — let’s call her “Jan” — connected on Tinder. She seemed perfectly aligned with […]

Male Call: Terms of Non-Endearment


 By James Roberts – There’s no question that the dating industry—and by dating industry we mean both online dating sites as well as coaching services—is big business. According to Judi Schindler, author of Husbands: An Owner’s Manual and the blog, “The Toilet Seat Must Come Down, it’s forecast to reach $3.2 billion by next year. […]

Male Call: We’re Not Your April Fool


 By James Roberts – Last October, we reported a statistical survey — yes, cold, hard facts that we didn’t even have to make up! — on the online cliché terms women use to prove that you like to be as similar to every other woman on the planet as possible. For example: “sense of humor,” […]

Male Call: What Shivers Your Timbers?


 By James Roberts – It doesn’t take a Robert Mueller to mull out what happened with your last relationship: All we need to do is look at what your dating profile says you don’t want. What the Male Call Advisory Board™ has discovered, ladies, through extensive, organic, non-GMO research consisting of about 30 minutes tracking […]

Male Call: Twelfth Day of Christmas


 By James Roberts – What a lovely surprise to find this delightful ditty being crooned outside the Male Call office the other night by a duo calling themselves the ‘Two Loves.’ We can’t say their poetic meter is particularly proficient but it’s at least as good as my dear cousin’s annual holiday versification — and […]

Male Call: Will You Be My ‘Partner in Crime?’


By James Roberts –  We are sometimes accused…OK, we admit…that some of the info we provide has no particular basis in reality outside the Male Call Advisory Board’s™ fevered imagination. But this month, we swipe a look at your favorite dating apps and present cold, hard data! First, Bumble, which bills itself as a location-based dating […]

Male Call: Your Photo Toolkit


By James Roberts – Ladies: We’ve talked before about plagiarizing phrases from other peoples’ 15-year old dating profiles (“looking for a partner in crime,” “looking for my best friend”) and your current obsession with pointless warnings (“no hook-ups,” “must have sense of humor”). Apparently, you haven’t been paying attention to our photo advice though, so […]

Male Call: Call Me By…A Name


By James Roberts – This month we tackle a subject that is bound to get us in trouble. But that’s how we roll! The question is: What to call adult persons of the “XX” DNA persuasion, also known technically as the homogametic sex or, if you want to go all Jane Austen on us, the […]

Male Call: The Ladies Lay Down Rules


 By James Roberts – We recently had occasion to hear some surprisingly firm guidelines for you guys from a group of online-dating ladies about “first meetings,” aka, the “meet ‘n greet.” First off, exactly what is a meet ‘n greet (henceforth MNG) and how does it differ from a “date?” The panel (and we use […]

Male Call: Time Waits For No One


 By James Roberts – The Male Call Advisory Board™ would like to call attention to some avoidable romance-killing waits perpetrated by certain bands, movie moguls and restaurants. Endless dance band codas. OK, so technically a coda is “a concluding musical section that is formally distinct from the main structure,” but many bar bands extend an […]