Tales From the Front from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 19 Dec 2018 06:49:02 -0800 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Tales From the Front from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/tales-from-the-front-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front 7d82a2cf88850e5fa8bb58b5cd236d17 Not All Singles Are Swinging for 12/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/18/not-all-singles-are-swinging Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Dear Cheryl: I'm 43 years old and single but far from a "swinging" single. I've barely had any sexual experience at all. I'm so shy I panic when I try to ask a woman out. The older I get, the worse the panic attacks get. I guess they come from having known a few women who seemed to take great delight in turning me down.</p> <p>My lack of sexual experience is torturing me as I get older. I see so many people around me having fun and doing things without regret or bad consequences, like the married men I work with who flaunt their affairs. </p> <p>There is one woman I like and want to ask out. The problem is I know she was sexually active, and it bothers me. I didn't think it would, but I keep thinking about her with one guy in particular. This isn't the first time this has happened to me, either. It seems like I always think about the sex lives of women I like, to the point where I'm sometimes convinced I'm psychotic.<p>Updated: Sun Dec 16, 2018</p> 3f9dab31aa671ee3aa349ef20c860f08 Hey, Grandpa, What Did You Do in the '60s? for 12/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/18/hey-grandpa-what-did-you-do-in-the-60s Sat, 15 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Children, gather 'round. If your parents or grandparents came of age in the '60s, they might not have always been the old fuddy-duddies they are today. They may have indulged in the very behavior they've warned you about ... </p> <p>Dennis was in college during the '60s. He was sexually active, used a "moderate" amount of drugs and a lot of alcohol, and was involved in far-left politics. He says: "Yes, sex and drugs and rock and roll, but with thought and feelings for others. My friends and acquaintances mostly respected each other, while having a lot of fun."<p>Updated: Sat Dec 15, 2018</p> bb446dd13ec125fcacecddb359232ab5 She Feels Pretty, Oh, So Pretty! for 12/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/18/she-feels-pretty-oh-so-pretty Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Today's column is about women who prey on married men, wives who are sometimes too tired to be affectionate and daughters who avoid their parents' mistakes ... </p> <p>ANNE: I used to know a woman who'd been the victim of incest for several years. She rationalized it by convincing herself that it only happened because she was so desirable and irresistible that her molester just couldn't help himself. (She really was stunning.) No doubt he reinforced this by accusing her of provoking him &#8212; par for the course with sexual abusers.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 14, 2018</p> e9bbad556b77234712494c547296eb6a It's Time to Forgive for 12/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/18/its-time-to-forgive Sun, 09 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Dear Cheryl: In my freshman year of college, my roommate and I started discussing sex, etc. We both liked to party, and we bet on who could get the most guys in a year. I know, very immature, but we were young. To make a long story short, I won the contest. By junior year, I had slept with over 300 guys. </p> <p>I now have HIV and herpes. On top of that, I experience debilitating anxiety when I'm out. I feel like people recognize me and know my reputation. It's very embarrassing. I've been alone for over five years and only been with women for the past two years. I have a nasty resentment toward men because of what they did to me. &#8212; Sorry for Everything<p>Updated: Sun Dec 09, 2018</p> dfdae1867127d678322670d5b23d48f5 Do You Really Need to Say, 'Will You Marry Me?' for 12/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/18/do-you-really-need-to-say-will-you-marry-me Sat, 08 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I'm sorry. Am I missing something?</p> <p>I always thought a proposal is really just a pro forma question. At a certain point in a relationship, both parties know they are going to get married. There are details to work out &#8212; where, when, how &#8212; but the actual fact is not in dispute. It's nice when there's a formal "Will you marry me?" on bended knee if possible, but I thought it was just formalizing a foregone conclusion.<p>Updated: Sat Dec 08, 2018</p> 26ef4df38541cda8919843b7d0255e8b And I Am Outta Here! for 12/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/18/and-i-am-outta-here Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Have you ever been on a first date when it hits you: I could be home, wearing sweats, eating Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey out of the container and watching Netflix? Marnie and Ellie know that feeling. </p> <p>Marnie met Jack at a Parents Without Partners dance that she'd been pressured into attending. The reason she had to be pressured was because she wasn't a parent, but a friend insisted it would be OK for her to go.</p> <p>Jack reminded Marnie of her ex-husband &#8212; never a good thing (strike one). But he insisted on dancing with her and then meeting her for coffee at Denny's after the dance. <p>Updated: Fri Dec 07, 2018</p> 0176c2d2068b5152a29b29ea0f2a59c5 That Unmagic Moment for 12/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/18/that-unmagic-moment Sun, 02 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There's sometimes a moment during a first date. It may be at the front door when you see who you're going to be spending the next few hours with; it might be as the waiter is taking your order; it might be in the car on the way home. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Whenever it is, it's that moment when you know: There's not going to be a second date.</span></p> <p>Here's when they knew:<p>Updated: Sun Dec 02, 2018</p> f9b23a0a6ffc5a08717acd54c15020c3 The Sins of the Parents Haunt the Children for 12/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/18/the-sins-of-the-parents-haunt-the-children Sat, 01 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The patterns of abuse and abandonment that have been a part of Joel's life since his birth continued in his third marriage to Angela.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">As Joel got to know her, he realized she had no friends and trusted no one but him. </span>He says: "She trusted me, I assume, because I had been her mortgage loan officer.<p>Updated: Sat Dec 01, 2018</p> d701b99d45879be2c7eb5303ef00b289 Generations of Abuse for 11/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/18/generations-of-abuse Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Are the sins of the fathers (and mothers) visited on the sons (and daughters)? In the case of Joel and his wives, it appears so.</p> <p>Joel says he never knew his father. "I'm sure my mother married him to get away from home," he says. "She was the oldest of eight kids and ended up with major responsibility for raising her siblings. Her father would have been regarded as a man's man in those days. He gambled, drank, was a semi-pro boxer and baseball player and beat his wife and kids. He was so strong, when he died when I was seven, I couldn't believe he was really dead." <p>Updated: Fri Nov 30, 2018</p> 36b916c6ff7b4d46fa07f25b3d0a6857 Who's a Slut? for 11/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/18/whos-a-slut Sun, 25 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Since "slut shaming" has been deemed politically incorrect, you don't hear as many people characterizing women with that awful word. Here are your thoughts:</p> <p>JOHN: Sluts? Is this the 21st or the 12th century?</p> <p>JOE: Statistics show that women between the ages of 25 and 44 have had an average of four sexual partners, and 10 percent of women say they've had sex with more than 15 partners. <p>Updated: Sun Nov 25, 2018</p> cd58dcda1c31c2974d38ce63ad4a0d33 The Regretful Virgin for 11/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/18/the-regretful-virgin Sat, 24 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Baron wrote in recently complaining because he was a virgin when he got married and his wife, Lucy, wasn't.</p> <p>He says he seldom thought about this for most of their year marriage. "It wasn't until I got into my fifties that I began to think about her sexual history and my lack of one. The idea that I've only had sex with one person in my life is tormenting me."<p>Updated: Sat Nov 24, 2018</p> 1dc21a3c1d7ae31455815a11c13cf7d5 Responses to Male Slut for 11/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/18/responses-to-male-slut Fri, 23 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Jake was a male slut.</p> <p>When he was in college, his goal was to have sex with as many girls as possible. He meant to be faithful to his high school girlfriend, but when she cheated on him, he "cut loose." His campus was "a veritable Sodom and Gomorrah."<p>Updated: Fri Nov 23, 2018</p> 716b0a0320c68cf4ba94a972621c8a4b Major Midlife Crisis for 11/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/18/major-midlife-crisis Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When Baron was young, he went to school full time and worked full time, too. </p> <p>He says: "My point is I was busy. I did date but I never really developed what I would call a good relationship. Many of my male friends at the time were in the same boat I was in. Consequently, there really wasn't a lot of sex happening for any of my peers at the time."<p>Updated: Sun Nov 18, 2018</p> a85545b27861391d4c3b32256856a50c Confessions of a Male Slut for 11/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/18/confessions-of-a-male-slut Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Today's column dares to ask: Can a man be a slut?</p> <p>Jake dares to answer. <p>Updated: Sat Nov 17, 2018</p> a32088e3c6bfe5e2e2e2ef63231d19f6 Kelly Backlash for 11/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/18/kelly-backlash Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Kelly is the woman who thought the best guys would never marry the "skanky" girls they were dating in high school.</p> <p>"Boy was I wrong!" she says. "I still shake my head when I run into one of the skanks and she's living this wonderful fairy tale life because she found a rich guy who only cares about how good she is in bed, not what kind of morals she has."<p>Updated: Fri Nov 16, 2018</p> 1a5bb77e6f00792ef200d396a9019b56 Are the Slutty Girls Getting All the Good Guys? for 11/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/18/are-the-slutty-girls-getting-all-the-good-guys-9b78c Sun, 11 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Today, Kelly asks some interesting questions. Is virtue always rewarded? Is vice always punished? Or to put it more bluntly, do the good girls get the best guys? Or are the not-so-good girls walking away with them?</p> <p>Kelly says she can remember from high school how shocked she was at the sexual promiscuity of some of the girls.<p>Updated: Sun Nov 11, 2018</p> 49e3a6bae3597bd04dea393e9deaca9f She Said She Never Wanted to Marry for 11/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/18/she-said-she-never-wanted-to-marry Sat, 10 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Charlie says when he was in his early 20s, he had a different view of dating than most of his peers. "I never got into dating a number of women all at once or just dating casually," he says. "I dated with the idea of eventually establishing a permanent relationship. So when I met the girl of my dreams, I couldn't believe it." </p> <p>He says when he calls Lisa the girl of his dreams, he isn't exaggerating. "I literally dreamed I would meet someone who looked and acted the way she did. Nothing could have kept me from pursuing her. So I did." <p>Updated: Sat Nov 10, 2018</p> ce4d8192906431e1d313bc493c5569e4 And Now the Men Weigh In for 11/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/18/and-now-the-men-weigh-in-d937a Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We recently heard from Tyrannosaurus Beth, who felt she was the last woman who had any morals. Today we hear from men who wish there were more of her.</p> <p>PAUL: I'm a white middle-aged heterosexual male who's had only one relationship in his whole life, with the girl next door whom I had the good fortune to marry 36 years ago. So I guess my opinion doesn't count. All the more so since I'm an unabashed Christian.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 09, 2018</p> ace2228bfe47552d50edd6a2b412901b She Exchanged One Hell for Another for 11/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/18/she-exchanged-one-hell-for-another Sun, 04 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>How do you have a happy marriage if you've never seen one? If all you've known is abuse, unhappiness and violence, how do you find peace?</p> <p>Naomi's parents were born in the same small town in Europe. In fact, they were related. Her father was her mother's uncle. He went to school. "She was a girl, so she wasn't allowed any schooling except for some private lessons in how to read and write. Most of her education consisted of housework, cooking and caring for her nine younger siblings."</p> <p>When her father came to this country, he went into business, buying and selling scrap metal. When her mother immigrated, the only job she could get was sewing buttons on men's suits. "It barely paid for her room and board and carfare. She was worse off than she'd been in Europe."<p>Updated: Mon Nov 05, 2018</p> 0afd952e28a16d99f7e155509381fbf4 When 'Yes, No' Means No for 11/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/18/when-yes-no-means-no Sat, 03 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Cheryl: I met Nina in December, and we hit it off. I was working in her building for a week. (I go to different places for my job.) We talked every day, and I sensed she was interested. She told me she was single and made it clear she was available. I asked her if she'd like to see a show and she said yes, but she never committed to an actual date.</p> <p>We talked a few more times, but I started to think she wasn't interested because she disappeared for 10 days around Christmas without making plans. Around the first of the year, she sent me a long detailed email telling me what she'd done for the past few weeks. I contacted her asking if she still wanted to go to the show. She said yes again.</p> <p>Time passed, and she said she'd like to make plans for a Saturday night when she's not working. I know that this is a busy time of the year for her.<p>Updated: Mon Nov 05, 2018</p>