If you’re looking for some alternate programming to the apocalypse…
Love and safety to all of you out there in AwkwardLand today.
P.S. On rewatching, I realized that Commander Logic & ate lunch in the place where she buys the cakes earlier today.
If you’re looking for some alternate programming to the apocalypse…
Love and safety to all of you out there in AwkwardLand today.
P.S. On rewatching, I realized that Commander Logic & ate lunch in the place where she buys the cakes earlier today.
You’re worried about someone or something. You want to help. What happens if you don’t try to fix whatever it is and take care of yourself instead?
Dear Captain Awkward:
My boyfriend and I have been dating for three years and I dread every interaction with his family. He’s the youngest of five. The eldest brother will ignore my existence entirely. If his mom sees me not right by my bf then she comes over to explain how she wishes he would date his ex from high school because of how much skinnier, prettier, ect…she is. I spend every holiday with them now because if bf goes go with my family they explain how controlling and evil I am. So now my family had just been doing holiday stuff a little bit later or earlier so that both bf and I can attend. They keep trying to convince bf I am controlling him. It started when he became vegetarian after meeting me (I don’t care if other people eat meat; I didn’t care if he ate meat). I don’t make a big deal about eating I just take the things I can eat when we eat with them. They however endless “tease” (it can get mean) over it. I don’t want to just not go because I want to see my boyfriend on the holidays and it helps him withstand the abuse if I’m there to shoulder some. I just wish I knew what I could do to help make it better?
Hello! Let’s ease back into things with some short answers to some questions that people didn’t ask so much as typed into their friendly neighborhood search engines.
1. “My foot feels like it is slipping but it isn’t.”
Whoa, that is a terrible recurring dream I have, and I hope you solve this mystery for yourself because it is the worst. I can’t even imagine this being a daytime, awake sort of phenomenon. Or, I can. In chilling detail.
[Edited to Add: It’s doctor time, as this may be the sign of a neurological condition. Hopefully a treatable one.]
2. “Boyfriend doesn’t let me masturbate.” and 3. “My husband wont let me dye my hair.”
These aren’t really things where you need permission from another person to do them.Your body belongs to you!
Let’s all back away from dudes who think they get a say in these things.
4. “Does it mean she done when she cut off all ties?”
She is done. As always, I am incredibly confused by what possible other interpretation of “I am cutting all ties with you!” exists.
5. “How to cope with contact from a needy ex who wants to keep a friendship.”
Be honest with yourself about whether you really want a friendship, and think about taking a break of several months with no contact before you even attempt being friends.
6. “How to make crush jealous at school.”
Don’t? It’s a lot of work, with no guarantee that the audience will even notice.
7. “How to deal with silent treatment from mother.”
The silent treatment is cruel and abusive. My first suggestion is to find a counselor or other safe, trusted person to help support you so that you are not depending on your mom for anything.
8. “How to tell your date they have bad teeth.”
Your date probably knows and feels really self-conscious about it.
9. “I told him I love him and messaged him am I a stalker.”
Stalker is a strong word, though, if “I love you” was your opening line, and if “he’s” not answering and/or seems to be avoiding you, maybe, back off and cool off? Your watchword in future interactions with crushes is going to be “reciprocity,” where, it’s okay to ask someone out or tell someone you like them, but then you gotta give them some room to react and show whether they feel the same way.
10. “I want to fuck my old friend but he won’t talk to me.”
So, that’s a no-go, right?
11. “When your spouse makes jokes about your shameful past.”
YIKES. “Sweetheart, those jokes aren’t funny and they really hurt my feelings. Please stop joking about that time in my life. That whole subject is not really up for discussion unless I bring it up.”
A good person who stepped over the line will recognize what they did, be very sorry for hurting you, and most importantly, they will stop doing it. A no-good-very-bad partner will explain to you at length why it was objectively funny and make you feel like there is something wrong with you for being upset.
I hope with all my heart that you have the good kind.
12. “My platonic friend said he dreamt about me.”
This is not necessarily deeply meaningful, but if the context of the dream or the fact of him bringing it up makes you suddenly think, “OH LOOK AT THOSE INTERESTING PATTERNS IN THE CARPET. AND THE CEILING, HOW HAVE I NEVER LOOKED AT THE CEILING BEFORE?” then decide if you want to learn more about the dream or if you want to ADMIRE THIS BEAUTIFUL SOFA AND ITS INTRICATE UPHOLSTERY.
HEY, IS THE WOODWORK ORIGINAL TO THE HOUSE?
13. “What to do if I fall in love with my cousin sister and she hates me.”
I’ve read this a few times and there are a few scenarios where your cousin’s sister is not also your cousin but HOW NICE, A CHARMING BUILT-IN BOOKSHELF AND A WINDOW SEAT. WHO CHOSE THIS WALLPAPER?
Maybe this cousin sister isn’t the girl for you, if she hates you, or if your cousin will hate you as a result?
[Edited to Add: Thanks for fighting ignorance and helping me understand the translation, nice commenters! Person who searched for this, if you are out there, falling in love should be a mutual, participatory act. If the person you love is not in love with you, grieve for what might have been and give yourself some time to move on and find love with someone who doesn’t hate you.]
14. “How to tactfully tell people to clean up urine.”
What tact there is to be found in this task is found in directness and brevity. “Please clean up the floor/toilet seat/_______, etc., there is still some urine there. Thanks.”
15. “Why would a man break up with me through a mutual friend?”
He’s really lazy? He’s terrified of confrontation? The person I am honestly the most curious about here is the mutual friend and why they decided to be the messenger. We (and more importantly, you) will most likely never know. I hope time moves quickly to the future, when this will be a funny story you tell.
16. “Is it possible to see a person’s faults and still like them?”
It’s possible to see someone’s faults and love them, even.
It’s time for the monthly-ish post where we answer the things that people typed into search engines as if they are questions.
1. “Captain Awkward help my boyfriend keeps trying to optimise me.
Eff that dude. He’s not your Pygmalion and you are not a project.
2. “How should you act when you see your former affair and his wife in public?”
Give him a “hey, ‘sup bro?” nod and keep on walking/don’t stop to talk to them. You’re not going to be successful at pretending you don’t know him (hence the nod), but let him be the one to scramble for explanations about how y’all know each other. If you don’t engage at all it makes it less likely that you’ll have to lie to some poor woman’s face.
3. “How do I tell my husband I’m sick of him playing games on his phone?”
In all seriousness, I think it’s a good idea to make mealtimes and certain other times gadget/screen free, and I think you can ask him outright. to do that.
4. “What to do when your boyfriend’s ex wants him back.”
Ignore the ex to the extent that you can and don’t engage with them if you can help it. In my experience, this is almost always a partner problem more than it is an ex problem, as in, the ex can want all they want, but how your partner treats you is everything.
5. “What to do when every time I go out side my neighbour tells me all her troubles.”
Awkward. Give it like, 2 minutes, and then deploy some scripts:
1) “Hey, good to see you, but I actually don’t have time to talk today.”
2) “Hey, nice to see you, but I came out here to get a bit of quiet. We can catch up another time, maybe.”
3) If you’re like me, and you always carry a book, “Hi! I’m in a really exciting part of my book and I’ve been waiting all day to read it. I’ll have to catch up with you another time, thanks.” Pull out book.
Your neighbor will likely never get the hint, so you’ll have to ask. Prepare for sighing and harrumphing. If she makes a big show of avoiding you, be magnanimous – you’ve won! If she gives you some space, once a week, maybe just hang out with her for 10 minutes and ask about her day to show her that boundaries don’t mean y’all are enemies. If she doesn’t give you space, get more terse. “When I said I wasn’t in the mood to talk, I really meant it. Good night!”
6. “All our neighbors don’t talk to us.”
Maybe your neighbors just aren’t your people*? Try finding friends and a social life elsewhere?
My other question is, do you talk to them? Could you find the friendliest-seeming person and bake them a cake or something to break the ice? Give it some time and see if it gets better.
*”Aren’t your people” *could* mean “you have unwittingly moved to a racist, homophobic, and sexist hellscape.” Sorry, that’s a real thing, and it sucks.
7. “Just because he’s my boss should he not act on his feelings about me?”
Pretty much, bosses should not try to date or seduce or romance their employees and should look to, I dunno, literally anyone else.
8. “4 dates means he must like me.”
Sadly, that’s not a guarantee, though the possibility is there. In a new dating relationship, look to the present tense. What are things like between you now? Does he demonstrate that he likes you? Do you like him? Is it easy to make plans?
9. “He’s ignoring my Facebook messages.”
Stop sending Facebook messages and see if he contacts you.
10. “How to know if a girl loves you secretly from long distance?”
Ask her? She has the universe’s sole monopoly on the information you want.
12. “What does it mean when a boy suddenly message me saying sorry to be blunt but do you like me yes or no.”
Most likely explanation: 1) The boy likes you and is trying to make it known 2) Y’all are in middle school.
You don’t have to answer right away if you need time to make up your mind. “I’m thinking about it. Why do you want to know?” is a perfectly good answer.
13. “Having trouble accepting that my adult married daughter is gay.”
The best thing you can do is to realize that
she was always gay there was always the possibility that she would be gay. It’s a fact, not something that needs your acceptance in order to be true, but if you want to keep having a relationship with her you need to do the work. Please be a good person about this, educate yourself, tell your daughter you love her, and don’t make her sexuality an issue between the two of you.
14. “A guy told me my messages creep him out what does that mean.”
Bluntly: Stop sending that guy messages. He doesn’t like them.
15. “Comebacks for people gaslighting you.”
In my estimation, no one is topping this lady who figured out her boyfriend was gaslighting her and then made him watch Gaslight. My heroine.
The key with gaslighters is not comebacks, it’s to get yourself out of proximity to them and in proximity to good people who treat you well.
16. “My boyfriend wants to move in together but I don’t.”
Listen to and believe that voice that is telling you that you don’t want to live with him. Maybe it’s that you don’t want to live with him yet, maybe it’s that you don’t want to live with him ever, maybe there is a fixable problem that you can work on together, and maybe it’s not fixable. Whatever it is, sit with it quietly, write about it, talk to trusted people about it, talk to your boyfriend about it, but don’t discount it.
17. “He’s mean to me, rude to me and doesn’t care about my feelings. What does it mean?”
It means: Get this dude out of your life forever.
Time for (mostly) monthly feature where we answer the things people typed into search engines as if they were questions.
1. “How to tell my parents I’m moving out.”
You have found the place, yes?
You have a way to pay for the place and a way to move your stuff to the place? If you are expecting resistance from your folks around the topic of moving out, having your financial and logistical house in order is a wonderful rebuttal.
Make your plan, and then tell them when the pieces of the plan are in place. “Mom/Dad, Mom/Mom, Dad/Dad, Mom/Dad/Moppa, I found a new place and I’m going to move there on x date. Thanks for putting me up, I really appreciate it.”
If these aren’t the sort of parents who will be happy about this news, don’t bother trying to sell them on the features of this or convince them that it’s a good idea or give reasons or get too far into the details. “I’ve got that handled, thanks for asking!” is a good non-answer for the intrusive.
2. “How to say that you want her but just can’t be together.”
What are you trying to communicate here, and what do you want to happen after you say this? If you can own the decision as a decision (and not throw your hands up to vague “circumstances”) you will put “her” in the best possible position to move on. “I really like you and care about you, but I’ve decided that we shouldn’t be together.” “I am so attracted to you, but I’m sorry, I know that I don’t want to be with you in that kind of relationship.”
3. “My cousin will not speak to me on the phone but will only text am I being avoided.”
Does your cousin text you back promptly, and initiate texting sometimes? Then it’s likely you are not being avoided, but phone conversations are being avoided. Does your cousin not really respond to communications? Then maybe they are avoiding you.
One way to find out/get what you want done: “Cousin, I know you prefer texts, but can we talk on the phone for a few minutes later today? I have some stuff to hash out and it will be quicker that way. Thanks.”
4. “What to say on a suicide hotline.”
“I’m having a rough time and some suicidal thoughts, can I talk to someone about that?”
Those hotline operators have heard it all, my friend. You aren’t going to weird them out or somehow “do it wrong.” They are waiting for you to call and take a step toward feeling better.
5. “How to quit in a awkward workplace.”
Do it in writing. “Dear Boss, I am leaving my position as of (date). Best wishes,”
Two weeks’ notice is usual in the USA. You don’t have to tell them where you are going or why, especially not in the resignation letter.
6. “My ex fiance made it very clear he doesn’t want to hear from me.”
Whatever brought about those circumstances clearly SUCKS, but I hope you’ll take him at his word and let it be a truly clean break for both of you.
7. “My ex wants to talk but I don’t.”
Tell them once: “I want to make this a clean break. Please stop contacting me.”
If you’ve already done so, good. Your next step in both cases is to not respond to any contact from them, no matter what form it takes. Set them to perma-ignore.
8. “What to say to an ex-boyfriend when he still emails you.”
Total silence is good. You can set up a filter so that these messages bypass your inbox completely if you like.
9. “How to deal with guy who says he doesn’t want a relationship with you but with another girl.”
Step 1: Believe his words.
Step 2: Ignore his existence.
Step 3: Go live your awesome life.
10. “What are the reasons for wife to be angry with me while we are in bed.”
This could be so many things. “Wife, I feel like you are angry at me, but I don’t know why. What’s the deal?”
11. “My mom hates me and my boyfriend porn.”
I’m sure it’s out there, because every kind of porn is out there. Seek and ye shall find!
12. “Don’t bother sending kisses to people who ignore someone when they have other things to do and people to see to.”
13. “A girl shows interest in public but ignores my fb msgs.”
She may never check her Facebook messages. Do you have another way to contact her?
What happens if you translate this as “A girl shows kindness/attention when we’re in public, but when I try to contact her more directly she ignores/rebuffs it”?
You’d probably stop sending her messages, is my guess, which is the correct path here. If she wants to message you, she can and she will.
14. “Movie set in New Orleans with African Americans.”
It’s a TV show and not a movie, but I’m partial to HBO’s Treme and the masterful performances by Clarke Peters, Wendell Pierce, Khandi Alexander, and others. Try to keep not dancing while listening to this. Trouble The Water is a powerhouse documentary, told real time during Hurricane Katrina by survivors. Kasi Lemmon’s Eve’s Bayou is set in rural Louisiana and is a freaking masterpiece of acting and directing.
15. “Hot sexy drunk texts.”
“The temperature is very high in here, I am drunk, and you are sexy,” covers most of these bases.
16. “Shit boyfriend and an asshole brother in law.”
The Toast, one of my favorite websites, has many readings that will appeal to you in this time of personal misandry.
17. “My boyfriend said I can’t visit because he is hosting his cousin.”
18. “Had dinner with friends and wanted to let them know we enjoyed their company.”
An email or a text or a handwritten note that says: “It was so nice to see you, let’s do this again soon!” would not go amiss.
19. “How do you get rid of your son’s girlfriend.”
CONTACT THE SPELLCASTER
WIRE $1000 US TO ME BELOVED
Or, realize that who your son dates is not your decision, so chill out and wait. If she’s really as bad as you think, he’ll wake up to it a lot sooner if he doesn’t have to cleave unto her to prove a point to you.
20. “My partner ignores me for days on end to my face. Is this emotional abuse.”
21. “Behold the field in which I grow my fucks.”
In which we look at the things people type into search engines to find this blog, and answer them like questions.
1. “My parents are swingers and want me to join them.”
Nope. As in, I suspect this is a fake question/problem.
As in, here is your script: “Nope.”
As in, “Want to come to this swingers party with us?” “Nope!” “You should try swinging with us, I think you’d love it.” “Nope.” Come on, how can you even know you don’t like it if you haven’t tried it? Once you see how much fun Mom is having, I know you’ll change your mind.” “Nope.”
Or, I think it was RoseFox who mentioned once upon a time in a comment thread here that kink, etc. tends to run in families, so if you are also a swinger, maybe you and your folks have to hash out who has priority in which parts of your scene or work out what to do if you have an awkward “…Dad?” moment.
2. “After our first date he said although I was definitely his type he felt we had more of a friend vibe.”
“He” may want you to be a friend or an ummfriend (the thing about being his ‘type’), but not a boyfriend or girlfriend. Have fun, if you are having fun in his company, but do not wait by the phone or get super-invested in a romance with this man.
3. “Boyfriend won’t go in public with me.” & 4. “Boyfriend won’t tell people about me.”
I’m trying to think of a non-sketchy reason for this. Okay. Hrm. Maybe he’s a Capulet and you’re a Montague and your families are locked in a battle to the death. Or maybe it’s a same-sex relationship in a really conservative place, and homophobia from family, coworkers, church, and the surrounding culture is making your boyfriend afraid to talk about you. Is it a cultural thing (which doesn’t make it less crappy for you, but it’s at least a reason that you can empathize with and talk through to a good solution) or a “you are his secret thing on the side” thing? Trust your instincts, and trust that you’re not selfish for wanting recognition. If something feels sketchy, it probably is.
5. “How to tell somebody politely to be quiet while watching a show.”
There are two methods that come to mind. One is to pause the show (if you can) and give the person your full attention for a few minutes.”What were you asking me?” Have a conversation with them, and then turn back to the show when you’re ready.
The other, more direct and active way is to say, “I really want to focus on this, can we talk later?”
I’ve been the jackass who thought it was a “we’re all going to make fun of this movie together” party when really it was a “we are quietly watching this movie together” party, and I super-appreciated being told directly.
6. “Should I say sorry for creepy behaviour.”
Maybe. Is the person still talking to you (like, they initiate conversations with you that aren’t “what size would you like for that latte?” when trapped at work) or are they avoiding you? Once someone is avoiding you, and it’s most likely because you did something creepy, the best way to make amends is to show them that you get it and leave them alone. Go forth, and creep no more.
7. “What to be when you grow up and want to do something that involves English and science.”
Write about science, or edit scientific publications/textbooks/journals, or be a scientist who writes wonderful grants and papers are some things that come to mind. Readers, I feel like lots of you have cool jobs that combine these things. Take us to Career Day!
8. “I’m living with my girlfriend, and feel she’s taking financial advantage of me.”
If you think the person is taking advantage deliberately, that sounds like a good reason to end things.
If you think they are just being oblivious or not stepping up as you want them to, the big question I have is, have you ever had a talk about how you will handle finances, or did it just kind of happen along the way that you would do most of the paying? Sometimes people get into a role or a habit of how they spend without really examining it, and it can be hard to switch from Romance! mode to practical mode. It’s also hard to initiate conversations when you’ve been operating under the weight of so many assumptions. It’s so tempting to think that it will all work itself out without anyone having to spell things out, but this is a mistake. If things are unbalanced, or unworkable for you, and you want to stay in the relationship, then it’s time to work things out very explicitly and transparently. Before opening discussions, I suggest that you do some math. What are your expenses like? What do you each contribute? How do you want to handle money in the future?
A good way to start this conversation is: “Girlfriend, let’s talk about how we pay and split the bills. What we are doing right now is not workable for me, and I’d like us to figure out some changes in how we handle our finances together.” :show spreadsheet: “This is how our monthly rent, bills, and expenses look to me – is there anything on here that I missed?” If you invite her to be a partner in figuring this out together rather than starting off by berating and blaming her, you can make her an active player in finding a solution. If she won’t engage honestly with you, that tells you a lot about her (and whether you should stay).
Finding an equitable solution doesn’t necessarily mean splitting everything 50/50. There are lots of successful romantic partnerships where money is pooled, where one person earns all the money and pays for everything and the other partner contributes in other ways, or where people keep their money entirely separate. My parents, married for 47 years, operate by pooling everything, paying out all of the necessities, savings, and things they’ve budgeted for together, and then each taking an allowance for themselves that can be spent without running anything by the other person. After cohabiting for a year and change, for now I pay the rent and the bills up front and my dude reimburses me for his share because that works better around how and when we each get paid. We keep separate bank accounts and alternate paying for groceries and other stuff. I’m sure that will evolve with time, and that’s the biggest piece of advice I’d give to anyone who is figuring out finances with another person: Lay everything out transparently and make sure you build in the opportunity to renegotiate how you do things as your circumstances change. Ooh, one other thing I’ve learned: If you’re the partner who earns more, one challenge is realizing that if you want the other person to pay half of everything y’all do, you need to scale down how you live and what you do to be within what they can afford OR you need to treat them when you want to treat yourself without putting that on their account, so to speak. And you both have to be able to say “Sorry, I can’t afford that right now!” without shame or blame from the other.
9. “How to be a good Facebook stalker.”
In three! easy! steps!
1. Close your computer.
3. In summary: Don’t.
10. “Is meeting her kids a big deal.”
Short answer: “Signs point to yes.”
Slightly longer answer: “Take your lead and cues from her.”
11. “What is the best thing to do for a loved one who just got out a psych ward.”
I asked people who are in a position to know, and some answers were:
My other suggestions are 1) Seek them out for the pleasure of their company, not solely to help 2) Ask if they want to talk about it and listen without judgment if they do. Respect their choice if they don’t. And remember, they are not there to prove or disprove your impressions of what mental hospitals are like from seeing Girl, Interrupted or One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest 3) Offer hugs if they are hugging sorts and you have a hugging kind of relationship. People get very touch-deprived among strangers. 4) Find a regular way of keeping in touch. People getting out of any kind of hospital get a big surge of “what can I do to help?” at the beginning, but it peters out quickly. Be there consistently.
12. “My husband leaves a brown film on the toilet seat.”
Is he eating the Bro’det every night?
Is this a new behavior? Is his overall hygiene getting worse? Is this related to illness or aging? Because my first thought is that maybe something is deteriorating about his ability to notice things like this, and a medical checkup might be due.
Alternately, I suggest putting some Clorox wipes (or similar, we’re not brand-loyal) within easy reach and saying, “Can you please wipe down the toilet seat after you use it?” If he’s a person who walks away from toilets without checking to make sure everything is cool, it’s unlikely he will notice on his own or do something without this level of directness, so rip the bandaid off.
13. “How to tell your ex u don’t want to be friends.”
“Ex, I know I said that I’d like to stay friends, but now that some time has passed, I think I need a truly clean break in order to heal and get over things/put the relationship behind me. I’m so sorry, but I don’t think we should stay in touch anymore.”
If they’ve been contacting you a lot and making you uncomfortable, sometimes you have to be more literal “I need a clean break, which means that I’d like you to stop contacting me.” It’s okay to send all that in an email. End with wishing them well. If they send something back, don’t reply. Hopefully time will do the rest and you’ll both heal and move on.
14. “BF wants me to Skype at 9 pm every day.”
I am guessing that you do not want to Skype at 9pm every day, or you wouldn’t be searching for this.
Is it that every day is too much for you? Is it that having a set time, or having it be that time is inconvenient?
I suggest sitting down and figuring out when it would be good for you to talk, so you can offer something more realistic.
“Boyfriend, I love that you are so attentive to keeping in touch, but 9pm every day isn’t working for me. Can we do [schedule that works for you]?”
15. “It’s only been a few days but i want to break up.”
Do it. Don’t drag this out. “[Name], I am so sorry, but I do not want to be in our relationship anymore and am ending it.”
You could try “I really liked you, so I wanted to give things a chance, but I know now that it isn’t right for me.”
Own everything about ending the relationship. Don’t list the other person’s faults, or try for objective reasons. “I don’t feel that way, I’m so sorry.”
It’s gonna suck but you will feel so relieved a few days from now.
16. “Rejected someone but changed my mind.”
Have a good think first. There was a reason you rejected them. You sure about this?
Okay, try this: “Ever since we talked, I’ve been kicking myself for missing out on my chance with you. Is that offer still open/Would you be willing to give it another try?”
If they say no, be graceful and cool. “Well, you are nifty/keen/cool/super, I had to ask.”
Here endeth the lessons. Stay warm out there.
Every month I try to answer the questions people typed into search engines to find this place as if they were questions people asked me. I add punctuation, but I leave the text alone.
1. “Ex no longer contacts me.”
If you have shared custody or financial entanglements, this is a problem. If you don’t, this is probably a healthy evolution of things that means that time is doing its healing work.
2. “Nerdy desperate dating problems.”
You’re probably in the right place. Start here.
3. “I want to hang out with my ex because I’m bored.”
That is not a good reason. Probably you should call literally anyone else.
4. “He says he wants space. What does he mean?” & “What does he mean when he says he can’t give me what I want?”
Statements like this are very often a preludes to a breakup, or a break, or a request to hang out less, or a request to take the relationship down a level in terms of seriousness and time together. Whatever the person telling you intends, a good message to take away from statements like this is that you are being asked or warned to invest less of yourself in whatever this thing is. Don’t make big plans with this person, like, getting a place together or moving closer to them or adopting a pet. Reach out to people in your life who are not this person, and put your energy into other friendships and connections.
5. “Uncle touch breasts petting the cat on my lap.”
There are accidental touches, and then there are touches that might be bad touches (and you know because they make you uncomfortable and they make you type things like that into search engines). If it happens again, this is one of those times to visibly startle, yelp, say “HEY!” and stand up and maybe the cat will end up sort of on your uncle’s face. Someone who touched you totally by accident will be sheepish and embarrassed and never, ever, ever do it again. You’ll know a creeper because he will try to shame you for making a big deal, as if you are the one in the wrong. I give you full permission to make a SCENE.
6. “I feel cheated on when friend wants new friends.”
That is a sucky feeling and it is really hard to just sit with it and deal with it without making it your friend’s problem, but if you are an adult and you want to keep this friendship, that is what I suggest you do. There is no script for “I wish you wouldn’t hang out with other people without me” that sounds good. Be really nice to yourself, find an outlet for those feelings like a journal or a therapist, and give it some time.
7. “I fuck goats.”
I do not think the goats enjoy that, like, at all. NO BUENO.
8. “Terrible names to call your sister.”
You should probably leave your sister alone and just go your separate ways rather than name-calling, but the Shakespeare Insult Kit is kind of fun.
9. “Once a rapist always a rapist?”
Statistically speaking, yeah. Rapists rape repeatedly.
10. I have a gay boyfriend but I keep masturbating.
Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all. It’s not cheating. It’s not wrong.
11. “What does it mean when a man says he doesn’t want you but he doesn’t want anyone else to have you.”
It means that this is someone you should avoid, completely, forever. This is such a shithead thing to say.
12. “Its my husband’s responsibility to clean his poo stain.”
Is he physically able to do this? If so, you’ll get no argument from me.
13. “I feel guilty for breaking a blind date.”
Forgive yourself. You didn’t want to meet that person.
14. “You know she wants to have sex just need to say the right thing.”
The “right thing” probably is to ask “Do you want to have sex?” and see if “she” answers “yes.” Then you’ll know, and you’ll have said the “right thing” to find out.
15. “How to politely, firmly stop attending club meetings due to physical disabilities.”
Email the organizer. “Hi _____, I wanted to let you know that won’t be at club meetings for the forseeable future, so please don’t plan on me. I’ve got some (personal/health/other priorities/whatever you are comfortable sharing, keeping in mind that you don’t need to give a reason) taking my attention right now, I’ll let you know if anything changes. Thanks for all you do!”
Then you don’t need to reply to anything, and you don’t need to go.
16. “What does it mean when she says when and if the time is right we will meet?”
She may want to meet someday, but she does not want to meet either “now” or “soon” or “anytime that is actually planned out and committed to on an actual calendar.”
17. “What kind of question to seduce a female?”
A female what?
P.S. Don’t call women that. It’s dehumanizing and gross.
18. “Is it bad to break up with someone after a week?”
Is waiting gonna make it better? “I am so sorry, I am not feeling it, and we should break this off.” Set yourself and that person free.
19. “He says no relationship but he acts like he is into me.”
Believe the words and get some distance from him. If he changes his mind, he knows how to find you and how to tell you about that, but I’d hate to see you hanging around waiting for that to happen.
20. “Captain Awkward, how do I get my ex back?”
You reach out once to say “Ex, would you be willing to give it another try?” and then you abide 100% by whatever they tell you, is my suggestion. No guarantees, but this one approach is at least honest, respectful, and will get you an answer without wasting a lot of your time.