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The Girlfriend FAQs

All your frequently asked questions answered.

Q: What is The Girlfriend?

A: The Girlfriend is a free, weekly digital lifestyle newsletter that comes out every Thursday afternoon and celebrates women over 40 and female friendship. Subscribers get the very best in sex, health, money, relationships, fun, fashion, beauty, self-care and culture. Beyond the newsletter, you can also enjoy The Girlfriend here on as well as on Facebook and Instagram. Just like a Girlfriend, we talk about everything from sex tips to the most binge-able shows to what makes us crazy about men, kids and bosses. Trust us. Nothing is off limits!

Q: Do I need to be an AARP member to subscribe to The Girlfriend?

A: No. Anyone over the age of 18 can sign up for free at any time (and unsubscribe at any time).

Q. How do I subscribe to the free weekly newsletter?

A. It’s super simple. Just go here:

Q. Will you share my email address or personal information with others?

A. Absolutely not. Any information you give, including your email address, is kept strictly confidential.

Q. How do I reach the editor of The Girlfriend, Shelley Emling, with any comments, concerns, corrections or suggestions?

A. Simply email her at and, typically, you will receive a response within 24 hours.

Q. Is there a Girlfriend Book Club? If so, what is it?

A. YES! We’ve created a closed Girlfriend Book Club group on Facebook for you as a place to connect, share thoughts about books and authors, sign up for book giveaways, and celebrate all things literary. Only book club members can see who else is in the group and what they post. Request to join here:

Q. I’ve subscribed to the newsletter but haven’t been getting it each week.

A. Occasionally, our emails might get blocked or marked as Junk Mail by your email provider. Make sure you check your spam folder. To ensure you get every Girlfriend email, click this link and follow the instructions on how to add Girlfriend to your safe sender or whitelist. Unfortunately, the directions vary by email client.

Q: Is there a print version of The Girlfriend that you can send me?

A: The Girlfriend is a digital-only lifestyle publication that you can enjoy on a computer, smartphone or tablet.

Q: Why is AARP publishing a newsletter and website focused on women 40 and older?

A: To best support those 50 and older, AARP needs to “get you.” AARP aims to connect with the people we serve — people from all walks of life — in an authentic and personalized way. So, we offer unique and varied programs, platforms and resources. With 38 million members, we tailor additional offerings for rural Americans, veterans and active-duty military, Spanish speakers, caregivers, LGBTQ adults, those living with diabetes and on and on.

Q: I’d like to write for The Girlfriend. Where can I send story ideas?

A: You can send a link to your professional website, podcast, blog or portfolio of published work, along with your pitch, to Please put “pitch” in the subject line. We are ALWAYS happy to receive ideas. Because ours is a digital publication, we are looking for the honest, the personal and the surprising — but in pieces that are typically no more than 500 to 750 words. We want the uncommon, the stuff you don’t see everywhere else. (Always look at The Girlfriend before pitching.) We’re interested in the topics that interest you: sex, relationships, beauty, lifestyle, career, and parenting.

Q. How can I advertise on The Girlfriend?

Just contact us at and please put “advertising” or “sponsorship” in the subject line in order to receive more information.

Q. How do I change my email address for receiving The Girlfriend newsletter?

You’ll need to unsubscribe your old email address and sign up with your new email address here:

Q. How do I unsubscribe?

We hope you don’t, but if you really want to, you can unsubscribe by clicking on "unsubscribe" at the bottom of any email that you receive from us.

Thank you for checking out The Girlfriend! So, come join the conversation! Because everybody needs a Girlfriend.

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