Marriage Confidential: The Post-Romantic Age of Workhorse Wives, Royal Children, Undersexed Spouses, and Rebel Couples Who Are Rewriting the Rules

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Pamela Haag has written the generational "big book" on modern marriage, a mesmerizing, sometimes salacious look at the semi-happy ambivalence lurking just below the surface of many marriages today. The spouses may rarely fight—they may maintain a sincere affection for each other—but one or both may harbor a melancholy sense that something important is missing.

Remarkably, this side of the marriage story hasn't been told or analyzed—until now.

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Overview

Pamela Haag has written the generational "big book" on modern marriage, a mesmerizing, sometimes salacious look at the semi-happy ambivalence lurking just below the surface of many marriages today. The spouses may rarely fight—they may maintain a sincere affection for each other—but one or both may harbor a melancholy sense that something important is missing.

Remarkably, this side of the marriage story hasn't been told or analyzed—until now.

Meticulously researched and injected with insightful firsthand accounts and welcome doses of humor, Marriage Confidential articulates for a generation that grew up believing they would "have it all" why they have ended up disenchanted. Haag introduces us to contemporary marriages where spouses act more like life partners than lovers; children occupy an uncontested position at the center of the marital relationship; and even the romantic staples of sexual fidelity and passion are assailed from all sides—so much so that spouses can end up having affairs online almost by accident.

Blending tales from the front lines of matrimony with cultural history, surveys, and research covert-ops (such as joining an online affair-finding site and posting a personal ad in the New York Review of Books), Haag paints a detailed picture of the state of marriage today. And to show what's possible as well as what's melancholy in our post-romantic age, Haag seeks out marriages with a twist—rebels who are quietly brainstorming and evolving the scripts around career, money, social life, child rearing, and sex.

Provocative but sympathetic, forward-thinking and bold, here, at last, is a manifesto for living large in marriage.

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Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

After second-wave feminism won many important battles, the movement resigned itself essentially to nonexistence. Now Haag (Consent: Sexual Rights and the Transformation of American Liberalism) reveals what she feels is the stark truth of the modern marriage: the ground gained by feminism is a loss for women-and marriage. In the so-called "Post-Romantic" age we are in, married men and women occupy a relationship category more similar to friend or partner than lover. The needs of children dominate (to the point that Haag suggests that they are the true "spouses"). Both partners may work; alternately, liberated men (who Hagg comically calls "Tom Sawyers") may stay home or take supplementary wage-earner roles, enabled to discover their true callings (a la Revolutionary Road's Frank Wheeler), and watch their wives bring home the bacon (and fry it up in a pan). Affairs are often tolerated; indeed, they're presented as part-problem/part-solution. Hagg gets to the bottom of the existential dilemma, focusing on what she calls the low-conflict/semi-happy marriage, likely to end in divorce (60% by her estimates). Throughout her initial analysis she is spot-on, but when discussing the desirability and viability of open marriages, her sharp, erudite style drifts. But her gained range from heartbreakingly tragic to fascinatingly awkward; Haag has her capable finger on the pulse of the American marriage.
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BookPage
“[Haag] wittily and meticulously explores what sets apart those who suffer quietly in their semi-happy marriages from those who take action-whether that action is working to improve the situation, splitting up, retreating to a man cave or having an affair.”
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“Pamela Haag takes a fresh look at the state of our legal unions.”
USA Today
“The perfect book club choice.;. . . Free of the inflammatory politics and cultural baggage that usually accompanies the topic.;. . . It does make you reflect on modern mating habits. It’s fun.”
Glamour
“If you’re coupled up—or want to be—you’ve got to read this.”
The Times (London)
“Provocative.”
Washington Post Book World
Marriage Confidential is so rare, such a pleasantly charming pearl of great price . . . You learn something, but you hardly notice because you’re having such a good time.;. . . Flat-out brilliant.”
TODAY
“[A] fun, interesting read.”
Bella DePaulo
“I read it voraciously. . . . [Haag] is thoughtful, engaging, unconventional, and amusing.”
"Great Summer Reads" - People Magazine
"Haag’s well-researched provocative study will get you thinking."
Laura Kipnis
“A startlingly honest and surprisingly funny account of marital discontent…. Avoiding comfortable bromides and rejecting the usual clichés, Haag reports on how married people really live these days…. This is one of the few books around with something new to say about the travails of modern love and coupledom.”
Debby Applegate
“Brilliant. . . . Marriage Confidential is both laugh-out-loud funny and gasp-out-loud shocking, and nothing less than a Feminine Mystique for our time. Mark my words, your marriage will change after reading this book.”
Esther Perel
“In this timely and thought-provoking analysis of modern coupledom, Pamela Haag paints a vivid tableau of the ‘semi-happy’ couple. Written with wit and aplomb, this page turner will instigate an insurrection against our marital complacency.”
Linda Hirshman
“The personal is political after all. This first big history of the marriages of the post-feminist generation tells a riveting story of how socially empowered women-including many who opted out-and their mates are still struggling to find happiness in their personal lives.”
Stephanie Coontz
“[Haag] doesn’t shy away from controversy in discussing how some marriage ‘rebels’ try to breathe new life into their relationships. A candid and thought-provoking read.”
"Great Summer Reads" People
“Haag’s well-researched provocative study will get you thinking.”
Today
"[A] fun, interesting read."
Huffington Post
“Fascinating. . . . Couldn’t be more timely or relevant.”
Date Night Magazine
“A fascinating journey through the evolution of marriage.”
Mail on Sunday (UK)
“The chances are, this book describes your marriage. . . . It’s also an entertaining read.”
People
“Haag’s well-researched provocative study will get you thinking.”
Library Journal
This keen study of contemporary marriage balances the juicy exposé for a popular audience implied by its title and the serious, footnoted analysis suggested by the author's credentials as a Ph.D. historian and former director of research for the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation. Accessible to lay readers with an understanding of such key terms as "melancholy" and "queering," Haag's book considers how some spouses are now changing the rules of standard secular marriages, including the division of labor in careers and parenting, family relationships, living arrangements, and, centrally, sex. While options for what Haag calls the low-conflict, semi-happy marriage are generally limited to unsatisfying lifelong monogamy, unsanctioned extramarital intimacy, or divorce, she proposes a fourth marital path—that of ethical nonmonogamy, which incorporates intimate relationships outside the marriage under conditions mutually agreed upon and consented to by the spouses. She argues that the societal outrage this sort of arrangement might provoke can be likened to past outrage over interracial marriage. VERDICT A solid choice for women's studies and marriage studies scholars and professionals, this could also be a provocative, intriguing option for book discussion groups.—Janet Ingraham Dwyer, State Lib. of Ohio, Columbus
Kirkus Reviews

The question that engages historian Haag—what's happening to the institution of marriage—gets a complicated and sometimes murky answer.

The author, former director of research for the American Association of University Women, interviewed dozens of people, conducted online surveys and perused scholarly literature and contemporary newspapers and magazines to discover what marriage means to people today. As her subtitle indicates, her view is that society has entered the post-romantic marriage era. The romantic paradigm of marriage, in which marriage was entered into for love, is being replaced by a new cultural view, just as traditional marriage, in which marriage was needed for status and procreation, was replaced by the romantic view. In this post-romantic era, she finds that low-conflict, low-stress, semi-happy marriages are common, and she proposes that alternative ways of thinking about marriage are needed. Through the stories of individuals whom she calls marriage pioneers, she illustrates some of the pressures exerted by such factors as work, parenting and sex, and shows how some couples are changing the rules and choosing to look at and handle such matters differently. For example, where monogamy was central to the romantic marriage, in the post-romantic marriage, extramarital affairs are often no longer regarded as deal breakers; where romantic marriage was presumably "til death do us part," the post-romantic marriage may be term-limited. Post-romantic spouses may be more like best friends or congenial companions, and rather than constituting a twosome, may be part of a more open network of colleagues. In other words, in this post-romantic era, marriage may be losing its special place and becoming more like other kinds of relationships in people's lives. Haag's use of couple's stories (including some from her own marriage) to illustrate trends makes the book an easy read with a low jargon quotient, and readers looking for parallels to their own marital situations may well find them here.

Despite a title that seems ripped from a tabloid, this is a serious examination of contemporary marriage and a fruitful source of discussion material for women's groups.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061719288
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

PAMELA HAAG has a Ph.D. in history from Yale and has held several fellowships. She has been published in the American Scholar, Christian Science Monitor, and Huffington Post, and has been heard on NPR and elsewhere. She also writes a twice-weekly column for Big Think magazine.

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Marriage Confidential


By Pamela Haag

HarperCollins

Copyright © 2011 Pamela Haag
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061719288


Chapter One

THE DILEMMAS OF A SEMI-HAPPY MARRIAGE
Why We Settle for Ambivalence
Josie is one of my oldest and dearest friends. I've known her
for years now, and she lives in a New England city. She is perceptive
and brave, an accomplished nonprofit executive, confident
and perky in appearance and disposition. Josie and some of my other
friends would occasionally play a game of metaphoric description: "If
this person were a tree, what kind would they be?" and that sort of
thing. The animal Josie evoked was always a playful, clever, outgoing
one—an otter or some such.
When she was in her late twenties, Josie got married, although not
formally in the eyes of the state, since her partner was a woman. She
had two children, adopted with her partner, Rory. What she prized in
this relationship was having a home base, and a sense of security not
always present in her childhood. Once, early in her marriage on a new
spring evening, she gazed out the window at the meadow and river
across from her house and marveled to us that she couldn't believe this
was her life; it was so true to the domestic idyll she had dreamt of.
It didn't stay that way. When the children arrived, with their usual
chaos, her marriage became a matter of "surviving another day," she
lamented. Her home became a place where she felt alone, where Rory
didn't make the effort to connect, physically or emotionally. They took
pride in never raising their voices or arguing in front of the children.
They ran an efficient, calm household, but Josie didn't feel rejuvenated
or truly seen in her marriage. "I know what it feels like to be alone in
your own marriage," she says.
As with other halfhearted marriages, nothing discretely terrible
happened to push it toward melancholy. Whatever their problems
together, there was nothing "wrong" with Rory in any definitive sense.
She was, and is, a decent, interesting, and accomplished person. The
forensics of the marriage's deterioration are murky. To me, it always
seemed that Josie tried too hard to please Rory in the beginning, in the
quest for domesticity. She subordinated her own preferences and
character too much, and hewed her life too closely to Rory's style. Eventually,
Josie's resentment over what she came to see as her generosity in
comparison to Rory's self-absorption seemed to build up within her.
And a lot of us, including Josie, perhaps, end up wanting most what
we least know how to secure for ourselves in marriage. Josie wanted,
and wants, that stability, but it is hard to reconcile with her experience.
The restless soul who grows up without family stability just
wants to settle down; the one who grows up witnessing a marriage of
passionless, frigid stability just wants to run with the wolves. Maybe
it's simply the human condition—to be perpetually but futilely lured
in marriage by the mystery of the code we've never managed to crack.
Josie first disclosed her discontent to us tearfully over margaritas
one night at the beach, during a makeshift girls' retreat. She'd kissed
someone else at a happy hour, and this felt like the start of a marital
slide. Josie was tormented by the idea of leaving her marriage. She is
profoundly devoted to her children and household, and as an advocate
for gay and lesbian marital rights she felt a special burden to make the
marriage work. In some ways she felt as if she and Rory had become
the equivalent of a model home or a spec house for happy lesbian
domesticity. But she'd spent enough years carrying water for the directive
of habituated stability and the less than joyous pragmatism of a
low-conflict, low-stress unhappy marriage, which was precisely what
she had. No easy path suggested itself. But she wasn't content, and she
couldn't put up a front with us anymore.
I'll pick up Josie's story below, but her dilemma up to this point
illustrates the mood. The country is honeycombed with halfhearted
marriages like this. I ask my online survey of nearly 2,000 to respond
to the statement "Most of the marriages I see aren't really that happy."
Forty percent express mild to "entire" agreement, which seems quite
high to me. I'm even more interested to learn how many see marriages
as inhabiting a neutral, ambivalent range. So I next ask them to react
to the statement "Most marriages aren't really happy or unhappy."
The statement yielded a high uncertain value, with 38 percent saying
they neither agree nor disagree, since we can't ever be sure about other
people's marriages. But almost 30 percent agree that "most" marriages
are somewhere in limbo between happy and unhappy.
Kyle was one of them. In an interview he says, "I interpret that question
to mean that people are ambivalent or in the middle, and I think
that's true. Lots of people get married out of societal pressure. But
it's so much ingrained that people don't really think about it. They're
probably relatively faithful, they get by, they trudge along. But they're
not quite living their ambition."
There's a unique feel to this semi-happy marriage. It's different
from the "you made your bed and you lay in it" resignation in my
parents' day. This melancholy is also distinct from the old chestnut
of Sticking It Out. We still have plenty of those marriages, and the
economic crisis that began in 2008 has only swelled their ranks,
because many couples simply cannot afford to get divorced. Or, if they
get divorced, the dramatically deflated value of their home makes it
hard to unload, since neither spouse wants it, and they can't sell it at a
good price. Stick It Out spouses follow the Aristotelian ethic that we
should choose virtue over happiness. They know full well that they're
unhappy, and choose to stay together for the children or the house. In
one researcher's restrained coinage, they are "as unhappy as it is
possible to be without seeking relief through divorce."
The marriage I'm describing is more genuinely ambivalent than
that. Often, in my own case, I really can't tell if my marriage is woeful
or sublime. Maybe I'm just so profoundly content that it feels like
unhappiness, because nirvana is dull in this way, it lacks frisson. Buddhist
wisdom tells us that the end of desire is the end of sorrow. Maybe
marital contentment is a place of stillness and solidity where nothing
happens, a vacuum with no conflict or disheveling passion. I often
feel that I'm "grounded." But does that mean that I'm stalled on the
tarmac, before my journey has even begun, or that I've arrived, firmly
if jejunely settled in the life we laid down roots for, the peaceful
destination we sought?
Such an indeterminacy of emotional extremes would have been
inconceivable to me in my twenties. Unlike the father of a friend of ours,
who unequivocally declared the state of marriage to be "so boring"
that he would "slit his wrists" if he had to stay in it one minute longer,
the low-conflict, low-stress melancholy marriage has a muted palette.
It's a marriage extinguished, as Robert Frost might have agreed, by
ice, not fire. This marriage doesn't explode, it implodes. You contemplate
your escape, or relief through flight, in a non-argumentative,
tranquil, well-ordered, high-functioning household where screaming
matches with your spouse are largely fantasized intra-psychic events.
In exchange for bliss you gain stability, comfort, routine, decorum,
convenience, and some sense of accomplishment in Being Responsible
for your child.
You develop tricks and skills in a melancholy marriage. In my own,
we have learned and perfected the marital screensaver function on
each other: the half-conscious, half-asleep demeanor of the habituated
spouse. Out of the densely knotted tangle of our marriage, we've
learned to pluck at the conversational strands and themes most likely
to produce alliance, stimulate agreement, and keep the harmony
between us. By way of sublimation for my marital gloom and worries,
I've gotten more obsessed with work and drink more red wine; John
exercises whenever he can (his version of "fun") and has cultivated a
fulsome hyper-agreeability, designed to keep marital equilibrium. He
-has developed a case of Ed McMahon Syndrome: "You are correct, sir!"
He tries with an almost flailing earnestness to be an innocuous,
agreeable partner-sidekick.
Yet even as we do these things the marriage has its own CNN-style
ticker at the bottom of the screen, scrolling a fractured mental subtext
of unarticulated grievances, deferred fulfillments, and lost ecstasy.
When you get frustrated you might fantasize yourself a boozily
confrontational Elizabeth Taylor ("If you weren't already dead, I'd divorce
you," she hisses at Richard Burton in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).
But in your life you do the laundry, pack the lunches, make the carpool
line on time, and pay the bills. You accept with quaking reverence the
prescriptions, however internalized, that you must avoid divorce. And
you're not entirely sure that divorce is even what you want. There are
no pure choices to be had; no obvious decisions to make.
To have marital yearnings and ambitions like this in an otherwise
pleasant marriage is to live out of phase with your times. In a faint
echo of Betty Friedan's "mad" housewives, who "should" have been
happier than they were in their comfortable, well-furnished marriages,
the melancholy spouse gets told today, directly or indirectly,
that they should be happier in the marriage, and more sanguine about
it, than they actually feel.
For one thing, if you are, or ever have been, in a low-conflict semi-
happy marriage, then you're in the crosshairs of the self-named
marriage movement in the United States. The marriage movement is a
loosely confederated group of researchers, advocates, and "pro-marriage"
forces (some also oppose same-sex marriage) who first stated
their principles at a conference in June 2000. They hope to revive a
culture of marriage, to encourage "marital interdependence" (that is,
a gender division of labor in marriage), and to promote government
policies that are explicitly pro-marriage rather than marriage-neutral.
They want the traditional marriage model back, not the romantic one.
It's my feeling that these political stances, cultural moods, and our
friends' opinions and even their marriages really do affect us personally,
even when we don't entirely share their views, mostly because
they subtly or not so subtly shape what we expect or ask of our marriage.
The marriage movement's advice is to try to make marriage
work, halfhearted or not, for the children, if nothing else. Those in
the marriage movement might have advised Josie that she felt unfulfilled
because, romantically befogged, she expected too much out of
marriage in the first place, and as a solution should recalibrate her
desires toward more pragmatic realism.
David Popenoe, a prominent marriage researcher at Rutgers
University and a former head of the National Marriage Project (also the
son of Ladies' Home Journal's iconic "Can This Marriage Be Saved?"
columnist), finds that many people's "view of marriage may be so
unrealistic"—romantic and narcissistic, he specifies—"that they're
doomed to failure."
Romance has acquired an avowed enemy with the marriage
movement, difficult as it is to fathom taking up arms against the fluffy,
meringue dream of true love. Kristina Zurcher, a scholar at Notre Dame,
summarizes the movement's view that marriage ideally should be
"stronger, more lasting, and about more than romantic love," which
is, after all, a highly perishable good. As evidence the marriage movement
could point to the preponderance of American divorces in the
first five to ten years of marriage. Researchers surmise that romantically
enthralled newlyweds with unrealistic expectations tend to be
quickly disillusioned and to divorce early on, as the froth wears off
(which makes me think that lacy, romantically frilled wedding gowns
like Princess Diana's might be sartorial omens of divorce). Marriage
defenders therefore talk of "surviving" the first years, as if they were
discussing cancer morbidity rates or loan amortization tables.
But this romance backlash is widespread, and not confined to
defense-of-marriage forces. You can't even skim newspaper commentary
on marriage without encountering romance desecrating headlines
like "Marriages Take Hard Work," a Man in the Gray Flannel
Pajamas approach to going to work in your marriage. "Many enter
marriage with false hopes, that romantic notion of living happily ever
after," a Houston Chronicle columnist explains, characteristically. "To
avoid divorce, we must prepare for marriage not with the glazed look
of fairy tale expectations but with the unwavering gaze and the
realistic knowledge that it takes lots of effort." Conservative New York
Times columnist David Brooks vividly opines that we'd be better off if
we saw marriage "as a social machine which, if accompanied with the
right instruction manual, can be useful for achieving practical ends."
If the Romantic muse of marriage was the poet, his is the engineer.
To stay married, "you just have to communicate until your knuckles
bleed," a woman in marriage education explains with characteristically
gruesome imagery. And maybe this idea of marriage as a well
geared machine, or hard labor, promises, if not happiness, then a kind
of satisfaction in the solace of heroism, and the achievement of valor if
not ecstasy. You're battling on the front lines, which is gratifying—so
long as you choose the right metaphor and think of your marriage as
a war story and not a love story, more as The Longest Day than
Casablanca.
The romantic jeremiad seems to be getting internalized: A 2001
Gallup survey found that 80 percent of single respondents in their
twenties anticipated marriage as "something that is hard and often
difficult."
Shirin is unmarried, in her late thirties, and runs her own business
in Los Angeles, after having been a "corporate slave for many,
many years." Her feelings toward romantic marriage typify the larger
ambivalence. "I think marriage is passé in this time and age," she
first tells me. "It doesn't jibe with the way we've evolved as people. I
think it will become extinct or rather unusual at some point. Since the
practical need is no longer there, what else is left? Love, love, love. I
feel every decision in our life is practical. If we can't have one aspect
be somewhat magical, then what?

(Continues...)



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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    NOT what I was expecting

    Um, I find it hard to believe the ultra-liberal notions about the direction of marriage she espouses in page after page after page in this book. I also resist the idea that it seems acceptable for "workhorse wives" to accomodate their listless husbands who won't man-up and at least pull their weight within the family. Thanks, Women's Lib! Now women must be expected to Do It All! And Be Happy about it! The last third of the book is dedicated to how having an open marriage, or cheating, can make you happier! That is the only part of the book that talks about communication: communicating about the rules of your open marriage. Unless you're a liberal democrat, I'd pass. Definitly not what I was expecting from this book.

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    Dreamlily & Cinderwolf

    Name~ Dreamlily &hearts
    Rank~ Warrior
    Mentor~ her mentor was ThymeDust
    Crush~ None
    Mate~ None
    Family~ She has one blood related sibling: Cinderwolf. Her foster mother is Velvetstar and Harikamoon is kind of like her other sister.
    Personality: She is very bold, loyal, friendly, and outgoing, and she is not afraid of talking to someone new, no matter what they are. But when someone is being rude or unfair, she may get a bit snappy, but later feels quite guilty about it.
    Appearance/Description: She is a bit on the smaller side, not being as large as others, she has a lithe body. She has short, silky silver tabby fur. She has a white tailtip, muzzle, paws, ears, and underbelly. Her most striking feature is her eyes, they are a brilliant light blue, almost clear looking. ((Kind of looks like Feathertail))
    Past/History: As a kit she and her brother was taken to BloodClan when they were very young. Her mother, Quetzalfeather, was killed, while her father, Lionslash, never visited. While they were at BloodClan, a cat named Moonflower led them to HorseClan. There, Velvetstar adopted her and her brother, and Cedarstrike was Dreamlily's father figure.
    Other: She loves battle training, she likes the power she feels.
    ~Dreamlily &hearts ~
    Name~ Cinderwolf
    Rank~ Medicine Cat
    Mentor~ His mentor was Maplejay
    Family~ Dreamlily, Harikamoon, Velvetstar
    Personality: He is very kind, confident, and can remain calm in stressful situations. He is very consistent in what he does, but gets frustrated when he knows he can't do something. He is a bit stubborn when it comes to people telling him what to do, and he can get a bit grumpy.
    Appearance/Description: He has dark grey fur and a very long tail. He has darker rings around his eyes, which make his amber eyes really prominent. His back right leg is also twisted, making it hard to get around sometimes.
    Past/History: See Dreamlily's past above ^
    Other: He has a very strong connection with StarClan.
    ~Cinderwolf~

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    Fawnsplash

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    Mate/kits:None crush:mudkip who will soon be joining <br> <p>
    Description: a light brown she cat with white spots on her back. big amber eyes . She has a sleek bild long legs and tail. Her ears have twfts of white fur on the tips.<br> <p>
    Persona.she is fun loving, kind, loyal, and fawnsplash loves to swim. She will protect her clan with her life<><><><><><><><><><><>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Blackfeather's Biography

    Name: Blackfeather <br> Gender: Female <br> Mate: None <br> Crush: None <br> Siblings: Unknown <br> Kits: None <br> Personality: Usually outgoing and slightly awkward, she rarely gets angry. When others are in a tough spot, she'll always try her hardest to help them out and be a good friend, though she can be a little nosy sometimes. She will be secretive about some things, and gets annoyed if cats try to pry into her personal life. She can be trusted to keep a secret, or to perform a hard job that others might not want to do. When she gets angry, she usually acts arrogant and self-confident, making loud, harsh comments on whatever she hears. She can be rather forgiving, though, and, even though she tries, can't hold a grudge for more than one day at most. She also happens to be very forgetful. <br> Appearance: A sleek, black-furred she-cat with a long tail. She has bright, intelligent blue eyes. She has a few white dots scattered across her body, and a star-shaped one on her chest. <br> Other: Just ask <p> ~Blackfeather

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Whispershade

    Name-Whispershade/
    Gender-She-cat/
    Age-Somewhere around fourteen moons/
    Rank-Warrior/
    Appearance-A scrawny dark gray tabby with black stripes. Her legs and tail are longer than average, and her eyes are a light blue that stand out in stark contrast to her dark face./
    Personality-She's very shy and introverted around people she's not particularly close to. She's strange in the fact that if someone close to her dies or is seriously injured, she doesn't feel as sad as she probably should./
    Mate-None and not interested/
    Crush-No comment/
    Kits-None and not interested

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    ThymeDust's Updated Bio

    This is newly Updated, don't ask me to add things after this. I'll update it when i actually have things to add. This isn't a Mandatory Bio, buuut it's early Morning and i'm just bored. So here we go. <p>
    Name~ If you haven't a clue of what my name is, then look up at my Headline....But i know some of you may not be able to see Headlines, so my name is ThymeDust. <p>
    Rank: Just a plain Warrior, no complaints. <p>
    Apprentice/Mentor: He is Mentoring Dreampaw, and he was Mentored by LightBug back in Grassclan. <p>
    Crush: He has taken a liking to Velvetstar, he feels as though he must protect her at all costs. He would die for her, ((And the Clan)) anyday. <p>
    Mate: Nope, he never has had a mate in all his time. <p>
    Family: LeafSun~Sister, ThrushFang~Father, Nightstar~Mother, PantherCoal~Brother <p>
    Personality: ThymeDust is a young, brave Warrior. His personality includes many things, as he is loyal, strong-minded, and Kind. He's usually calm and good-natured, rarely snappy. ThymeDust loves Kits, and would someday love a family of his own. Thyme is also humble and grateful, he loves everyone within his clan and some he may love more then others. <p>

    Description/Apperance: A strong, muscular white tom. His tail is fully black, and extends over the rise of his back side in a black blotch. His right ear is pitch black, and the inside is white. His left ear is white and the inside is black. His front paws are black tipped white, and he has a long jagged scar running down from his shoulder blades to his chest. His eyes are sharp Seafoam green, with some blue tinting around the pupils. His hindlegs in particular are muscular, good for running or pouncing. He has large paws, so that when he slams down on his prey he will most likley kill it by impact. His nose is salmon pink and his tail is long and whispy. His elbows have tufts of fur that are black, and his hindlegs have black fur tufts down the back of his hindlegs. <p>

    Past/History: ThymeDust was born in Grassclan to Nightstar and Thrushfang. With his siblings LeafSun and PantherCoal. At the time they were young, innocent Thymekit, Leafkit and Pantherkit. All living happily with their Clan. As the three siblings neared Apprentice-age, Thrushfang vanished leaving Nightstar to care for the three. Thymepaw was then Apprenticed to Soundwave, the Deputy. His siblings aswell were apprenticed. Thymepaw loved training, always excited until the day Nightstar died. Him and his siblings suffered heartbreak and agony, losing both their parents. Soon the three became Warriors, ThymeDust, LeafSun and PantherCoal. They soon split after a battle broke out, thats how ThymeDust ended up with that harsh scar. Leafsun and him stuck together, as PantherCoal left to find his father. They came here, where ThymeDust fell inlove with Velvetstar secretly. <p>

    Theme song: 'Radioactive,' by ImagineDragons and 'Safe and Sound,' by Unknown Artist((Not Taylor Swift)) <p>

    Other: ThymeDust's skills are in Hunting, he never liked fighting. He rather hunt to save alife. But he would still fight for his Clans' life if needed. He is friends with Firepelt of Blazeclan, as he does Roleplay the Blazeclan cat. <p>

    Signiture~ •~&#8366hymeDust~• <p>

    Friends: Velvetstar, Dreampaw, Firepelt, Fawnpelt, Wolfsun, Anyone in his clan. <p>

    Other((Again..x.x)): His favorite prey is 'Mouse, Crow and Rabbit,' and he loves Running and jumping. <p>

    In conclusion, This is Thyme's loooong Bio.....:D Love y'al Adios. <br>
    •~&#8366hymeDust~•

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Wolfsun

    Name: Wolfsun (obviously:)) Gender: She cat Rank: Warrior Age: 31 moons about. Mates: Formerly tyrellshadow but he left.Currently Birdstrike though hes not very active. Kits: Flowerpelt and spirtwhisper and her three recent litter inkkit rubykit and crystalkit all died in the fire. Description: A beautiful gray tabby she cat with irridescent green eyes and a white underbelly. On her belly is a yellow symbol of a sun. She has three gray paws but oddly one of her paws is white and she has unussually long claws. Personality: She is fun, fiercly loyal to her clan and friends, and at times vengeful. Relations: She has no siblings but she is lilystars only blood realted kit and her father is goldenstripe who is now in thunderclan. Her best friends shes had over the years ae owlfeather braveheart and dawnstripe. Currently shes good friends with velvetstar and thymedust. Other: Been around since the very start of horseclan when lilywolf adopted her other rper owlfether as her daughter along with snowfire and heathershine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Fawnstep&Stormbird

    Name-- Fawnstep
    Rank-- Deputy
    Gender-- SheCat
    Mate-- Braveheart, but he has disappeared so she does not know whether to declare herself single or wait
    Kits-- Ebonykit [adopted], and Expecting
    Appearance-- Fawnstep is very beautiful shecat. She has crystal clear blue orbs with swirls of gold that flourish near her pupils. She is a light grey tabby with darker grey stripes that stretch across her flank, tail, and legs. Fawnstep has small, snowkissed paws and a single with ear. She has a light color of the grey that covers her pelt and bright to a dull white against her chest. Her build is her narrow, and slim. She was built for speed as some might say. She has a long tail that balences her when she reaches breakneck speeds. Her claws are long, and white. They dig into the dirt so her paws don't slip under her. She also has very long legs.
    Personality-- Fawnstep's persona is loyal, and kind. Her tenderness is very known throughout the clan. She light, and sweet. But sometimes when her anger flares up, it get's ugly. So, as Fawnstep has matured greatly since she first joined her attitude is fair. The anger is calmed very quickly. Stubborn at times on her decisions, but loving to a point of concern.
    History-- Fawnstep was originally and accident. A Windclan shecat and Skyclan tom met one day at a gathering, then became close, too close. The unplanned pregnancy was a shock to most everyone in the clan. She made up a father, saying she was forced at night. The clan believed her to her relief, but she felt a strong guilt. When Fawnstep was born, and watched as she became a warrior then she decided to tell her who her true father was. Betrayed, and lied to, Fawnstep ran away from Windclan and traveled as a loner. When she stumbled upon a strong, active, and welcoming clan named Horseclan she had to join. When she arrived, a silver and black tom was joining too. The tom went by the name Silver, later to be given the name of Braveheart. Fawnstep fell in love with Braveheart and soon they were mates. She became close friends with Maplejay, and Goldenstripe.
    Kin-- Hawkblaze of Skyclan, and Cougarheart of Windclan
    Signature-- ••Fawnstep}-[insert feeling or action]
    Other-- Became a member in 2010




    Name-- Stormbird
    Rank-- Warrior
    Gender-- SheCat
    Mate-- Hm
    Kits-- None
    Appearance-- Stormbird is like her mother, very determined. Also mistakened as stubborness most of the time. But she is a very attractive shecat as her mother. She is light grey with glistening pure white paws. Her underbelly, the same virgin color that crawls toward her chest. Her eyes are a brilliant blazing amber, with golden streaks that bow toward the pupil.
    Personality-- As you already know she is a very determined young lady. Stubborn to be mistaken to quite often. She is sweet and kind. Her noble heart is true. She is a fair warrior, with beaming inner beauty. Loyal to the day she dies, but can be pushed off the path by her own mistaken intensions.
    History-- Stormbird was born by Velvetstar, as she grew up having a regular life she became a warrior. One night, her brother Spiritnight were hunting. Her brother dying in the flames.
    Kin-- Velvetstar {mother}, Windwing {father}, Spiritnight [s], Racoonpaw [s], Harikakit [s]
    Signature-- -Stormbird-
    Other-- None

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Shimmerbreeze

    Description: beautiful, slender white she-cat with green eyes and a torn ear • Personality: kind, caring, gentle, fierce in battle • Rank: warrior, although she does know a little about herbs. • Mate/Crush: none • Kits: took care of a kit she found when she was a rogue • History: nothing of importance (maybe) • Other: doesn't like talking about her past and is very secretive about it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    Cedarstrike

    Name - Cedarstrike <p> Desc. - tawny colored tom wth amber eyes and a white underbelly <p> Mate - Servaljump <p> kits - none <p> personality - very calm and sometimes teasing. Would do anything for his clan

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