View from Venus: A ‘how-to’ update on dating

\'Not Your Mother\'s Rules\' by Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider provides advise for the dating scene in 2013. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)

Randi Martin, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – In 1995, Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider put together a how-to dating book called “The Rules.” Women, it seemed, needed advice on how to get a man, and these two young women provided it.

The book sold 2 million copies and made The New York Times best seller list.

After pleading from their daughters and single women everywhere, the two have an updated version — “Not Your Mother’s Rules.”

Fein and Schneider say the biggest challenge to dating and mating is technology.

“Technology is so different today. We said in 1995 that women shouldn’t call men, but today there’s Facebook, Twitter, IMing, who friends who, your profile, his profile,” Fein told me. “People were saying we need to update


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