Dear Love FAQ,
When I was a kid, everybody usually ignored me: Boys didn't want to hang out with me, and girls thought I was weird. Now that I'm in college, though, I've realized several guys are crushing on me (including my ex, who refuses to keep his hands off). Being an introvert, I'm really not used to this, and it makes me a tad bit uncomfortable. I want them to be my friends, but I'm not looking for a relationship.
Dear Happily Single,
By not being honest with these guys in the hopes they'll stick around, you're leading them on. So tell them to back off, politely and firmly - especially your ex. (Why are you still hanging around him anyway? He's an ex for a reason.)
If you don't know what to say, "Thanks. I'm flattered, but not interested," is usually a good start.
It won't be easy, of course, but think of it as culling the herd. The men only interested in sex will buzz off - and hey, you didn't want to be friends with them anyway, because they would've always had ulterior motives. The ones interested in you for you, though, they'll stick around. And they'll appreciate your honesty. Really.
Dear Love FAQ,
Lately I met the perfect geek girl. She's beautiful, has impressive taste in games, and so on. On our first date, we had five hours of great conversation - complete with adoring looks -- and ended the night at a game store. I'm a bit smitten.
The catch? She's got acne. Bad. The type on her face and neck can only be described as nasty.
We're both in our thirties, but my vain side wonders if I'm being judged when I take her out. And based on her body and personality, I'm looking forward to the more physical side to our relationship, but I'm scared I might have an "eww" moment over her acne and have performance issues.
So what should I do? Should I get over my vanity and enjoy being with her? Should I try to diplomatically recommend a dermatologist? Should I go for the "just friends" angle and continue my search elsewhere? I don't want to just give up, though; she's way too awesome to bail on.
Got Paper Bags?
Dear Paper Bags,
Be honest with yourself. Are you attracted to her or not? If you are: Great. Stop caring so much what other people think, and just sleep with her already.
But if you're not attracted to her, then no amount of willing it otherwise will make it so. It doesn't make you a bad person, either. Some guys find big (or small) boobs gross; others get skeeved by bad teeth, or tiny hands. Whatever. It is what it is. So if you're not digging her, break it off now, before you both get more attached. Just don't be a dick about it.
One last thing: I guarantee you she already knows she has bad acne. She doesn't need or want your dermatologist recommendations, unless she explicitly asks for them first.
Dear Love FAQ,
Throughout my life, I've only been attracted to crazy women. I've just never been interested in the sane ones. I've tried dating some, but the spark isn't there, no matter how compatible we are in other areas. Sanity always seems so boring.
I'm not worried about my safety; I'm just concerned this may be unhealthy. Any advice?
Sticking It In the Crazy
Dear Sticking It,
Always wear a condom. Preferably one you've bought.
Disclaimer: LoveFAQ is written by Lara Crigger, who is by no means a trained psychiatrist or therapist or even a middle school guidance counselor - just a smart gal who wants to help out her fellow geek. LoveFAQ is meant for entertainment purposes only, so don't take it as a substitute for professional advice. If you have real problems, consult your physician.
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