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is Jackie Pilossoph's dating and relationships column, published weekly in Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press

Column: 'Love, Simon' represents a turning point in high-school romance genre
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By Jackie Pilossoph, March 28, 2018

I have often thought about how unbelievably difficult it must be for a gay teenager to come out. It’s challenging enough for any high school kid to feel accepted and “normal,” but imagine the pressure of trying to fit in if you’re gay or transgender. Read The Entire Article

Column: 'The Bachelor' breaks the mold in all the wrong ways
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By Jackie Pilossoph, March 7, 2018

Typically, I might use the words "predictable," "scripted" and "formulaic" to describe the final rose ceremony of "The Bachelor." You get virtually the same ending — down to the exact dialogue — every season. But last night, bachelor Arie Luyendyk, Jr., changed all that, and I wish I could say "in a good way." Read The Entire Article

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Column: When love turns violent, is there a way out?
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By Jackie Pilossoph, Feb. 14, 2018

A few weeks ago, I watched the Golden Globes and saw "Big Little Lies" take home four awards, including one for Best Miniseries or Television Film. I was curious, and felt compelled to watch the show, especially after hearing Reese Witherspoon 's acceptance speech. "Hopefully, shows like this, more will be made. So, people out there who are feeling silenced by harassment, discrimination, abuse: time is up," said Witherspoon, who co-starred and co-produced the HBO drama. "We see you. We hear you. And we will tell your stories." Read The Entire Article

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Column: Recognize any of these relationship lies?
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By Jackie Pilossoph, Jan. 17, 2018

The other day, I was having lunch with a girlfriend who was complaining that she hadn't heard from a guy she went out with a few times. I asked her what she thought the reason was that he hasn't called or texted, and her answer sparked the idea for this column. "He's really busy with work right now," she rationalized. "Plus, he's going out of town." Read The Entire Article