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Dear Love FAQ,

About two years ago I met this girl online. We got along great, and we’d play plenty of text-based games together. It got to the point where we started asking about each other in the real world.

Awhile back, she suggested that she come visit me in real life, and I agreed. But a couple days later, she tells me that she’s 17! (At this point, I’m 19 years old.) Well, that’s no problem really, because she said her birthday was in December, so I’d only have to wait a couple months before actually taking her on a date. But then…

After her birthday, I ask if she’d like to come visit. Again she tells me that she’s only 17. Of course, I call her out on that, and she breaks the news that she was actually only 16 before.

So now she says she’s 17. I’m 20. Now it’s getting weird. But she makes the argument that she was afraid I’d stop talking to her if I found out she was underage — which is a legitimate concern, as I probably would’ve. So again, I’m waiting.

I like her. She’s a real sweet girl, very smart and she encourages me whenever I feel down about myself. But is what I’m doing a bad thing? Cause honestly, I don’t want to be a pedophile. Hell, I am waiting until she’s 18. But what if she says that I have to wait another year?

Do I wait for these extra couple months to actually meet her? Or is this a danger zone I’m not seeing?

— Suckered by Sweet Sixteen

Dear SbSS,

For what it’s worth, I do believe that you’re not some Humbert Humbert creeper out trolling for little girls. But let’s face it: you are rather fixated on one.

Yes, I get that she lied to you about her age, and that when you began your relationship, you thought she was much older. But you know now. And you’re continuing it anyway.

She’s seventeen. (Maybe younger, who knows? She’s lied to you before.) She’s a teenager. Even if it’ll be legal in a few months (maybe), that is too young. You know it. I know it. We all know it. But the fact that you have to ask if it’s a “danger zone you’re not seeing” makes me wonder if you actually believe it.

It’s easy to gloss over just how young she really is when you’re not there in person, listening to her prattle on about math tests and homecoming and how parents just don’t understand. You only see what she chooses to share with you.

But that’s not really knowing someone. To have a real, meaningful relationship, you have to see what the other person doesn’t realize they’re putting out there, too — including what they don’t want you to see. The body odor, the high-pitched laugh, the spinach in the teeth, etc.

You don’t see any of that. So in your mind, you can fill in the gaps and make her into the perfect girl. She’s safe. She can’t hurt you. (But the courts can. Don’t forget that.)

I’m not saying cut off all communication with her (although it’s not a bad idea). Just don’t pin all your hopes on a girl whose biggest concern in life is whether she’ll get her chemistry homework in on time.

Stop putting your life on hold for her. Get a girl your own age, someone who’s real and not just a fantasy you cling to because she’s safe.

Because if I could tattoo one thing on every internet user’s forehead, it would be this: Online girls who lie about their age are never, ever safe.

Dear Love FAQ,

I’m just a simple gamer/geek who gets very few dates. Perhaps because I like the “Fat Princess” more than “The Legend of Zelda,” if you catch my drift.

I have come to realize that this is a part of who I am and I cannot change it, no matter how much I want to. It’s nice to be like this sometimes, because it opens my eyes to the great women out there who are ignored because they are not considered beautiful (by society’s standards). However it’s uncomfortable because my friends will ask me if I think some supermodel is hot, and I have to lie through my teeth.
Also, I have met women who are attractive in my eyes, and I want to tell them that they are attractive to help them feel good about themselves, but I’m afraid if I do, they’ll think I’m a sick person.

What should I do?

– Fat-Bottomed Girls Make My Rocking World Go Round

Dear Fat-Bottomed,

It’s obvious you have a hang-up about your sexual tastes, but I assure you, there’s a difference between fetishizing fat, and simply finding larger ladies more luscious.

The first case is a form of objectification, of removing someone’s humanity and supplanting it with your own sexual desire. It’s the same as those people who only date Asians because they “have yellow fever”, or work in a shoe store just to sniff ladies’ feet. The second, however, is just plain biology. And it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

So, assuming you’re the second kind of guy, my advice is simple: Just own it already.

We all have our likes and dislikes. Some guys like redheads. Others like big girls. So what? Quit feeling so bad about it. Don’t apologize to me, your friends, or anyone else. It’s nobody’s business but yours anyway.
Now, one caveat: Don’t assume that big girls are more desperate, or are just sitting around waiting for you to tell them how attractive they are. The stereotype of the lonely larger lady starved for love is just that: a stereotype. Plenty of voluptuous women out there own their bodies and their sexuality, and don’t need you or anyone else to tell them how great they are.

But that’s beside the point. Next time you see a lovely big girl, tell her how hot you find her. Like most people large and small, she’ll probably be flattered by your attention.
Haters gonna hate either way. So find yourself a big girl and start getting it on. Life’s too short to feel bad about sex, anyway.

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.

Got a burning question (or a question about burning) for LoveFAQ? Send your emails to advice@escapistmag.com. All submissions are confidential and anonymous.

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