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#439: The dynamic duo of mansplainers

Dear Captain Awkward: This should be a quickie, at least to ask. I have two friends (they’re dating) who constantly argue with me about the field I’m studying in graduate school. They challenge my knowledge about it, and honestly about most everything, up to and including outright telling me I’m wrong about something I just […]

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#438: You get to choose your own happiness.

Dear Captain Awkward: Hey. I have done some bad things. I need to tell you about it so you can help me figure out how to not do bad things ever again.I started dating this guy two years ago, my first relationship. He was a really fantastic guy. But it slowly became clear that he […]

Can men and women be friends? An essay and a website launch.

February 5, 2013: Thanks for all the cool comments and discussion, but I can’t keep up with the moderation demands right now. Comments on this entry are now closed. Yesterday I saw this Tweet.  The piece linked there asks the question: “Can married women have straight male friends?” and suggests that friendships between straight men […]

#437: Adulthood Is A Scary Horse

Ahoy there, I have this general problem. I am almost 30, and I am not a grown-up person. I am a college drop out, have never had a ‘real’ job. I’m working for almost 3 years now at a job that doesn’t pay a lot, but really easy and it’s basically the only one I […]

#437: Out of the frying pan, into the adjacent teakettle of badness.

Oh Captain, my Captain! I need some help. Last year, I was in an abusive relationship. My ex raped me repeatedly and often manipulated me. When we were together, I became close friends with another guy. Guy #2 eventually owned up to having feelings for me, and I found myself in a very awkward position. […]

#436: What can I do to get to know my coworkers better?

O Mighty Captain of Scripts for the Awkward, I consider myself to be fairly socially skilled, if introverted, but one place where I’m completely socially awkward is at work. I’m the person who gets skewered by all the career advice that says, “You think you can just sit in your office and work hard and […]

#435: Getting the silent treatment for an honest mistake.

Dear Captain Awkward: Quick backstory: my mom and stepdad babysit my daughter for free one afternoon a week while I work (I telecommute the rest of the time). My mother offered to do it right after my daughter was born and I was thrilled. I’ve checked in with both of them a few times to […]

London Meetup, Northwestern Talk, and Kink-Friendly Advice

Hello, I am back from my Forth Worth/Amarillo vacation. I can tell you that North Main BBQ in Euless is LEGIT, you Texans are really onto something with that whole Bluebell ice cream thing, and that it is as fun as you think it is to cuddle four tiny wiggly puppies simultaneously. My boyfriend’s family […]

#434: Just me and my shadow, trying to network.

Hi Captain Awkward, A few months ago, I met a guy who works in my field through a professional networking event. Since then, I have noticed that he has such a brutal case of White Knight Syndrome that he will actually create Drama just to “save” the women who happen to be in his presence, […]

#433: What if my past as a sex worker hurts my current employment chances?

Hello CA, I am finishing up a PhD in the social sciences, and will be on the academic job market soon. I really want to teach more than anything, either at the university or high school level.  I need advice with regards to something in my past which may or may not come up as […]


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