Would You Mind Your Child Marrying a Transgender Person?

Guess who's coming to dinnerA friend of mine came up with an intriguing idea for a sequel to Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, the 1967 Sidney Poitier movie about interracial marriage. Dr. John Prentice, Poitier’s character in the film, is still happily married and now an 80-plus grandfather. When his grandson brings home an Asian woman he introduces as his fiancée, the open-minded family patriarch is of course not fazed a bit – until it’s revealed that the woman is transgender. Of course, as in the original, the lovebirds won’t go through with it unless Poitier gives his approval.

Once again, liberalism is put to the test. And the question of the day is, would YOU ever give your blessing to your child dating — or tying the knot with — a transgender person?

SHOULD YOU KNOW YOUR DATE’S FAVORITE COLOR BEFORE YOU HAVE SEX?

MORNING AFTER chats can be awkward, as in this scene from "Old School."

MORNING AFTER chats can be awkward, as in this scene from “Old School.”

Not that long ago, a woman wouldn’t sleep with a man until he at least SAID “I love you.” Nowadays, if a guy says “I love you,” after having sex for the first time, it’s excruciatingly awkward. Her best friend will later say something like, “Oh my God, Madison, I’m so sorry. I had no idea he was a stalker type when I introduced you.”

Of course, couples become intimate a lot sooner than in decades past. According to one survey, the current average is the fourth date. At that point, not only has love not blossomed, you might not even be sure you truly LIKE the other person. A woman may not know her bedmate’s favorite movie or his nickname. He most likely hasn’t given her a gift yet and doesn’t know her favorite color They probably haven’t had their first argument or even held hands.

So, how soon is too soon to say “I love you ”? And should you know your new sweetheart’s favorite color before you have sex? Leave your reply below.

The writer of this blog also wrote the romance novel The Blood of Titans. Here’s the book trailer. Check out this unique historical romance here.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of The Blood of Titans, a love story set in Africa.

IS DIRTY EVER SEXY?

Curvaceous but unkempt Moonbeam appeared in Al Capp's classic newspaper comic strip

Curvaceous but unkempt Moonbeam appeared in Al Capp’s comic strip

In my youth I had a huge crush on Moonbeam McSwine, the backwoods beauty who wallowed in mud among hogs in the old comic strip L’il Abner. In my eyes, she far outshined Daisy Mae, Abner’s pure-hearted blonde sweetheart. I still rank the curvaceous but unkempt hillybilly hottie the sexiest comic strip character of all time. Yet, paradoxically, If I went on a blind date with a woman and noticed she had dirty ears, it would be a deal-killer!

So, how important is hygiene and grooming in attractiveness? In ancient Rome, a senator’s daughter might find a sweaty, blood-covered gladiator more alluring than the fellow in the clean white toga in the seat beside her. And a woman of today might find a blue-collar lug with a little dirt under his fingernails more appealing than a metrosexual with a fresh manicure. Is dirty ever sexy? Weigh in with your answer below.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

Early Warning Signs Your New Sweetheart is a Nut

Mark Wahlberg's hunky character in the movie "Fear" was the perfect boyfriend--until he turned out to be raving psychopath.

Mark Wahlberg’s hunky character in the movie “Fear” was the perfect boyfriend–until he turned out to be raving psychopath.

By C. Michael Forsyth

Looking back at the first few weeks of courtship, you can often see there were warning signs of trouble down the road–signs you ignored because you were basting in the warm glow of new love. I dated one girl who had a habit of talking about herself in third person. As in, “Kaye Washington doesn’t take orders from anyone.” Another early warning sign was that when I said, “Girl, you so crazy,” she glared at me and responded, “NEVER call me crazy.” In retrospect perhaps it is unsurprising that our relationship encountered more than a few bumps…after we got married.

Were there warning signs that your relationship would be rocky? Or perhaps you have a friend who ignored red flags to their later regret. What are some early warning signs that Mr. or Miss Right is really Mr. or Miss Wrong? Leave your reply below.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

If Polygamy Becomes Legal, Would You Be a Sister Wife?

FOUR'S COMPANY: In HBO's Big Love, Bill Paxton has his hands full as a member of a Mormon splinter group that still  practices polygamy.

FOUR’S COMPANY: In HBO’s Big Love, Bill Paxton had his hands full as a member of a Mormon splinter group that still practices polygamy.


By C. Michael Forsyth

A federal judge recently declared a key part of Utah’s law banning polygamy unconstitutional. And with gay marriage now allowed in many states, it seems only a matter of time before the floodgates are open and plural marriage is legal as well. Evangelicals should have fewer qualms about it; after all, in the Good Book, King Solomon had 700 wives.

This will come as good news for the many “side chicks” out there who may now enjoy a more dignified role as No. 2 wife. And women who complain that “all the good men are taken” can say goodbye to their lonely nights. My novel The Blood of Titans takes place in ancient Africa, where polygamy was practiced, and conflict arises between co-wives when jealousy rears its ugly head. So perhaps it’s no panacea. In fact, in Chinese writing the symbol for conflict is two women under one roof!

So, the question for women is, if polygamy were legal would you ever consider becoming a “sister wife”?

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

WILL SIDE CHICKS BURN IN HELL FOREVER?

SERVING UNDER THE PRESIDENT: Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope works closely with the staff of President Fitz Grant (Tony Goldwyn) in "Scandal."

SERVING UNDER THE PRESIDENT: Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope works closely with the staff of President Fitz Grant (Tony Goldwyn) in “Scandal.”

By. C. Michael Forsyth

2013 was the Year of the Side Chick in popular culture, with glamorous single ladies like the ones portrayed by Kerry Washington in Scandal and Gabrielle Union in Being Mary Jane caught up in steamy affairs with married men. I don’t get the appeal. To me, a gal whose romantic fantasy is to be the other woman is like a boy who dreams about one day being a co-pilot.

Many women relate because they’ve played the role of homewrecker at some point in their lives — and some express no moral qualms about it. They point out that only the married person in the extramarital affair is committing adultery and so, morally, they’re off the hook. But in addition to the 7th Commandment banning adultery, the 10th Commandment forbids you to covet your neighbor’s spouse. So, sleep with a married man and you’ve also committed a moral sin. You wind up in Hell just like the cheating hubby.

How do you see it? Check the other replies below, then say your piece.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

OPPOSITES DON’T REALLY ATTRACT, DO THEY?

By C. Michael Forsyth

It’s commonly said that opposites attract. But is that really so? Whenever I spend a day as a vendor at a book fair, several pairs of young men and women stop by the booth who look like brother and sister but tell me they’re actually couples. It struck me that married folks don’t grow to look alike, they often start out looking alike. Because, given our druthers, we feel most comfortable in a relationship with a person who’s a whole lot like us!

So perhaps when you do run into husbands and wives who are polar opposites, it’s not really the result of opposites attracting. It’s just that when people have had bad luck in the dating game, they eventually give up on trying to find a “soul mate” they’re compatico with and out of desperation hook up with someone with whom they have nothing in common. But, having run out of options, they’re absolutely determined to make the mismatch work — and it does!

What do you think? Check out the replies below, they put your own two cents in.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

You can check out The Blood of Titans HERE.