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Cultural Differences

#563: I have a hard enough time making friends for myself. How do I navigate the special hell that is arranging playdates for my children?

Hi there Captain! I’m a 36 year-old mom of two adorable boys (6 and 2). I also have no friends. I’m not entirely OK with not having friends, but I’ve gotten used to it over the past 30 years or so of not-having-friends-ness. What I’m less OK with is that my Big Guy seems to […]

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#493: I’m tired of being trans.

Dear Captain and Crew, I am transgender, FtM, or at least that’s what I came out as several years ago. Since then, I have become increasingly isolated due to work, debt, and extremely debilitating mental illness. I’m doing my best to sort those things out (moving to a place where friends are, looking for a […]

Reader question #69: The guy who lives upstairs from me wants me to be his…”friend.”

Dear Captain Awkward, I’m sure there there have been similar questions, but I feel mine has an added complication. It is, I shiver to say, an “unwanted advances” issue that I’m having. Background: I am a female in my lower twenties who recently graduated from a university, and I’m living in a small two-story apartment […]

Reader question #64: I have a hard time understanding accents.

Dear Captain Awkward, I’ve had a problem for a while that has always been an issue with me, but is now beginning to affect my work and professional standing: I have a hard time understanding people strong foreign accents, and I don’t know how to address the issue without making it super awkward. So here I am! […]

Reader Question #14: Spiritual abuse, maybe. How is a church like a high school Dungeons & Dragons game?

Dear Captain Awkward: I appreciated your advice regarding being open to the possibility that two siblings can grow up in the same home but have completely different experiences and interpretations of the environment. As I was reading I found myself identifying with the sister, whom the question-asker describes as still being stuck in the abusive […]

Midwestern Manners: “I cannot eat the last cookie unless I offer it to you first.”

Until you guys write me letters, I’m just going to keep posting about weird social interactions, okay? I grew up on the East Coast, but have lived in the Midwest (Chicago) for the last 10 years, and there are some distinct cultural differences.   Once I went out on the world’s most boring first date, and […]


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