The rule book for dating

Here, you'll find Rules like, "Wait for a guy to follow you on Twitter first," and, "Wait at least four hours to return a guy's first text." Chapters also include tips for weight loss ("an average-looking slender girl has a better chance of attracting a guy than a very pretty overweight girl") and a section titled "Be Cautious About Date Rape." "If you do decide to drink, be smart about it," say Ellen and Sherrie.

"On campus, you hear about date rape all too often — stories of girls who drank too much and suffered the consequences." may have evolved since 1995, but the Rules Girl looks the same: She is aloof and demure.

Inarguably, that's a healthy and feminist intention.

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"You can see Britney Spears’ demise happened around the same time she proposed to Kevin Federline," she says.

"He never really wanted her."Vanessa sweetly gushed about her own recent marriage and how helped her find — and keep — her dream guy.

She wears only high heels and push-up bras with "big (three-inch) hoop earrings" and a "chunky gold watch." She waxes, uses contacts ("try blue and green shades! She doesn't return calls, doesn't blab about her career success ("try to let shine!

"), and doesn't drink so much that she lets herself get raped.

For $1,200, one of them will meet you at the Short Hills Mall in New Jersey for four hours of private consultation.

Other services included on For the die-hard Rules Girls, there's a course for becoming a certified Rules Coach.

Perhaps all this calculated coquetting is anti-feminist and old-fashioned, but so is sitting at home and staring at the phone.

The only trouble with is that whether you reply or not, you're still doing it for the guy.

Vanessa puts a more flexible spin on Ellen and Sherrie's program.

For her, it boils down to creating healthy boundaries and establishing your own power in the relationship, right from the start.

Some men might not be alpha-texters, out hunting for a blonde in hoop earrings. She puts in her blue or green contacts, and she checks the chart on page 66 to ascertain Minimum Text-Back Time.

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