Short Answer Friday! Reading a story tonight! Kittens! Exclamation points!

Hello readers, You can submit questions at the Patreon thread (advantage: you get more than 280 characters and first dibs) or on Twitter (@CAwkward, #awkwardfriday). Submissions close at noon. FYI answers will slide slightly later today and probably won't be updated piece by piece since I have a last minute appointment at noon. Like, everything … Continue reading Short Answer Friday! Reading a story tonight! Kittens! Exclamation points!

Short Answer Friday/Chat – August 3 – Pledge Drive Concludes

Hello, it's on! Patrons can submit questions here (advantage: 1st dibs, more words). Anyone/Everyone can submit on Twitter (@CAwkward, #awkwardfriday), questions close at noon Chicago time, I answer as many as I can and update as I go between noon and 1pm. Whatever I don't have time for gets held over for next week. Comments … Continue reading Short Answer Friday/Chat – August 3 – Pledge Drive Concludes

#1127: “I think my friend is falling in love with me and I don’t feel the same way.”

Dear Captain, Nearly 2 years ago I joined a MMORPG community for the first time. Through a series of events, I met a guy who has become one of my best friends. We are bizarrely similar at times and he's really been there for me. It started out just online but we now have each … Continue reading #1127: “I think my friend is falling in love with me and I don’t feel the same way.”

#1125: “I’m stressed and embarrassed whenever I have to go places with my bigoted parents.”

Behind a cut for the casual fatphobia, racism, and misogyny of entitled white folks of a certain age. Update: People are sharing some of the specific slurs and types of comments their bigoted relatives say and asking how to challenge those things esp. in the comments, so I would counsel POC and other marginalized folks … Continue reading #1125: “I’m stressed and embarrassed whenever I have to go places with my bigoted parents.”

#1124: “My girlfriend wants to move in and I am having major cold feet. How do I tell her?”

Is it me or is this cover of It Ain't Me, Babe by Kesha the soundtrack for lots of the posts this week? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sisAiNJPwK0 Now, a letter: Dear Captain, A friend that I’ve had for more than a decade recently said she wanted us to start dating. It’s not the first time we’ve done this … Continue reading #1124: “My girlfriend wants to move in and I am having major cold feet. How do I tell her?”

#1099: “My family keeps pressuring me to make peace with my abusive brother.”

This is behind a cut for sexual violence and violent threats. Dear Captain, I barely know where to begin. I (she/her) used to be close to my brother (he/him), but we no longer have a relationship. When I was 19, I was sexually assaulted twice, by two different men that I knew. I went through … Continue reading #1099: “My family keeps pressuring me to make peace with my abusive brother.”

#1095: “The Exhausting Gauntlet of Dudes Who Won’t Stop Hitting On Me”

Dear wonderful Captain, I'm coming to you with a question you've answered several versions of before, but not quite for my exact circumstances. So I beg your indulgence. I'm a mid-thirties woman, and my problem is that men hit on me. All the time. And I'd like to change my behavior, if doing so is … Continue reading #1095: “The Exhausting Gauntlet of Dudes Who Won’t Stop Hitting On Me”