Part 1 is here. This is a feature where patrons of the blog have first crack at getting short questions answered, it lets us cover a lot of ground and have interesting discussions. Please consider supporting the site at Patreon or via other channels if you can, I appreciate it greatly. Onto the questions! In … Continue reading Short Questions & Answers For July 26, Part 2
Hi Captain! My problem is one that I imagine is very, very common, but I'll start with a little background on my specific situation. I recently started going to therapy for some pretty serious self esteem issues that had led to me isolating myself for a long time. Up until this year I hadn't been … Continue reading #968: “How can I stop fat-shaming myself and enjoy my life?”
Hi Captain, My husband, at the ripe age of 35, is losing his hair. He has had luxuriant long locks since he was a young teenager, long before I knew him. He fought multiple administrative battles with his conservative Catholic high school's dress code in order to keep it. He considers it an inextricable part … Continue reading #956: “How do I reassure someone I love about their body issues without being bitter about my own?”
Dear Captain Obvious, My mom has always been on about how I look, but since I've turned 16 it seems to have gotten worse. She got me a fitbit that she makes me use (which I hate because it tells me I eat too many calories a day, even though it's the recommended amount), made … Continue reading #824: “My mom is obsessed with my looks and my weight.”
Hi Captain, I've been with my boyfriend for 3 years. We are both in our early thirties. When I first met him, I thought he was very attractive, and I still do. I like skinny dudes and he was skinny when I met him. About seven months into our relationship he put on about 15-20 … Continue reading #774: “Am I being a jerk about my partner’s appearance?”
Gather round, Awkward Army, and join me, Sweet Machine, for a Shapely Prose Tent Revival! (photo by Trey Ratcliff) The occasion of our glorious gathering is the existence of the Pavlok wearable fitness tracker, described by the Telegraph as a device "which gives the wearer an electric shock if they fail to meet their daily … Continue reading Shapely Prose Tent Revival: Please do not literally torture yourself, ever
Dear Captain Awkward, I'm in need of some thoughtful advice. How do I deal when friends express insecurities that feel directly hurtful to me? I have a great group of friends who are generally loving and supportive. I am the only fat person in this group (I don't use fat in a derogatory manner). On … Continue reading #588: Can we please stop body shaming ourselves and each other as a form of female bonding?
Dear Captain Awkward, Ever since I can remember my worth in my family has only gone up when my weight goes down. My mom was always telling me I was too fat and that I needed to pull my pants up over my stomach or that I needed to buy larger … Continue reading #345: My mom won’t shut up about my weight