The Science Advice Goddess from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 12 Jul 2020 11:10:42 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss The Science Advice Goddess from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/the-advice-goddess-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon 0c55572e1e873e0d5a6229d02769707e Doom Raider for 07/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/07/20/doom-raider Tue, 07 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i>)I think the guy I recently started dating might run in the same circles as my ex. (He's said a few things that led me to think that.) This terrifies me because I really do not like my ex and don't want there to be any overlap in our lives. I keep having nightmare scenarios play out in my head where I show up to the bar after my new guy's poker game and my ex is there. What can I do if this happens?</i></p><i> </i><p><i>&#8212;Distressed</i><p>Updated: Tue Jul 07, 2020</p> 6c0763173ffef9fec86e1ebaa9734c78 Flesh And Bleh for 06/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/06/20/flesh-and-bleh Tue, 30 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i>I started dating someone who is super close to his family (talks to his mom and/or dad daily, sometimes multiple times). I have a perfectly good relationship with my family, but we talk a few times a month, not a few times a day! I'm uneasy that being in a relationship with him will mean being in an intense relationship with his family, too. Should I be worried about dating someone so tied to his mom as an adult? </p> <p>&#8212;Disturbed</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jun 30, 2020</p> 13ec4017d784395e1db13e89220b168c Merry Goo Round for 06/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/06/20/merry-goo-round Tue, 23 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i>I'm a straight woman with a boyfriend of three months. I'm falling in love but don't know how to say it. Is there a way that's "safer" than others? Say it super casually? Slip it in at the end of a phone convo? In the middle of sex?</p> <p>&#8212;Wondering Woman</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jun 23, 2020</p> 7c17029b44b67b4569ecb19a680e1b09 Endless LOL for 06/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/06/20/endless-lol Tue, 16 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i>My roommates have a text thread that includes all three of us. They chat on it all day long, and it's driving me absolutely insane. We all live together and work at home, so I don't see the need to keep texting nonstop. I turned off notifications for the group text, but that doesn't mean the convo has stopped, and I'm annoyed seeing it lit up every time I look at my phone. (What's with this ridiculous need to communicate one's every thought?) I want to tell them they need to reel it in and to leave me out of it, but I also don't want to be rude.</i></p><i> </i><p><i>&#8212;Stop, Already!</i><p>Updated: Tue Jun 16, 2020</p> f52cdc0eb4d1ab2e6a4ac7eef2d3c8e4 The Afterwife for 06/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/06/20/the-afterwife Tue, 09 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i>My wonderful stepmom died last year, and my dad was debilitated by grief. I got him to go to a support group, which really seemed to help. He's been dating a woman he met there, and they've gotten serious. My brother says my dad wants to marry this woman. He's happy for our dad, but I'm disgusted. It's just wrong that he's with another woman so soon. My dad loved my stepmother and was a great husband, but he's now looking like a fraud because he's moved on so quickly.</p> <p>&#8212;Distraught Daughter</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jun 09, 2020</p> a88d9a2652d451e4d12b2764bf9e2a74 Smells Like Quarantine Spirit for 06/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/06/20/smells-like-quarantine-spirit-f1971 Tue, 02 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i>I started seeing a guy right before quarantine. In fact, we've broken quarantine a lot to be together at his place. I really like him, but I'm worried because our entire relationship has taken place indoors (watching movies, playing video games, sex). We have no experience together in real life, and maybe I don't know the real him. What if we go to dinner and he's rude to the wait staff? How can I figure out what kind of person he is when we can't go to places where we engage with other people?</i></p><i> </i><p><i>&#8212;Worried</i><p>Updated: Tue Jun 02, 2020</p> d181b2b2beefca988d67dce328a48385 The Son-In-Law Also Rises for 05/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/05/20/the-son-in-law-also-rises Tue, 26 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i>I'm meeting my girlfriend's parents for the first time (for dinner at their house), and I'm absolutely terrified. Is there a way to win them over? Should I just compliment the hell out of their daughter? She's the first woman I've seriously thought about marrying, so I really want her parents to like me.</i></p><i> </i><p><i>&#8212;The Boyfriend</i><p>Updated: Tue May 26, 2020</p> d3e340aaae5190ab12112c998624f875 Along Came Pawly for 05/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/05/20/along-came-pawly Tue, 19 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i>I've been married for two years to a woman whose sister is extremely manipulative. She finds reasons to touch me inappropriately &#8212; for example, "Your hair is so pretty. I have to pet it." She puts an arm around my shoulders or comes toward me and puts both hands around my neck. This past weekend, I was seated on the couch, and she came up behind me, grabbed me, kissed me as far down my neck as she could, and swiftly left. All of this creeps me out, but because she always does this when other relatives are around, and I'm new to the family, I don't feel I can snap at her or push her away. My wife alternates between being intimidated by her sister and feeling she has to protect her, and she refuses to say anything to her. She now seems to blame me for being offended! Do I keep trying to get through to my wife? Demand my sister-in-law explain her actions? Talk to her husband? Threaten to go to the police?</p> <p>&#8212;Repulsed</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue May 19, 2020</p> aa10f318b8ab033d31e1b3ce1d70f9ee When Harem Met Sally for 05/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/05/20/when-harem-met-sally Tue, 12 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i>My ex just started dating a female friend of his. When we were together, I always worried about the chemistry I felt they had, and it hurts that they got together right after our breakup. Does this mean he's always had feelings for her? Does it cheapen our entire relationship?</i></p><i> </i><p><i>&#8212;Bummed</i><p>Updated: Tue May 12, 2020</p> 21d7ce926fb37717b56a1e9610ea2141 Clone Shark for 05/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/05/20/clone-shark Tue, 05 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i>I'm a gay man. I was in a relationship with my ex for about three years. We're on good terms and hang out as friends. He recently started dating a guy who looks like my long-lost twin (except he's got about 40 pounds on me). Our mutual friends find this creepy and weird, and I have to say, I do, too. </i></p><i> </i><p><i>&#8212;Disturbed</i><p>Updated: Tue May 05, 2020</p> 166a58f18435bf0c17c0572f7b3dcc7a Opener Sesame! for 04/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/04/20/opener-sesame Tue, 28 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i>I'm a single woman. I'd love to get into a relationship. Often, when I'm at a bar, I see a guy I'd like to chat up, but I won't even approach because I don't know what to say. Are there some pickup lines men love to hear?</p> <p>&#8212;Looking</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Apr 28, 2020</p> 2cbf0bea164dc308c35724b832c70073 2B Or Not To Be for 04/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/04/20/2b-or-not-to-be Tue, 21 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i>This guy recently moved into my apartment building, and we seem to have a spark. I'd like to go out with him. However, because we live in the same building, this might be a bad idea. If it goes badly, things could get really awkward or even horrible. Should I just try to forget about him? </i></p><i> </i><p><i>&#8212;Tempted</i><p>Updated: Tue Apr 21, 2020</p> f3686fea0852f3eee0cf515eaf037d29 Adultery Swim for 04/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/04/20/adultery-swim Tue, 14 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i>I started seeing a guy whose previous relationship ended because he cheated. He insists he really learned his lesson and would never do it again. Should I trust him, or should I go by that line, "once a cheater, always a cheater"?</p> <p>&#8212;Worried</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Apr 14, 2020</p> a2949f59e9a7eb597ee97ea8d7030a8a Complain Crash for 04/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/04/20/complain-crash Tue, 07 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i>My 22-year-old son's new girlfriend is extremely pretty. She has a great figure and dresses to show it off, so I understand the attraction. However, she's also spoiled, lazy, and kind of a scam artist. (She bragged about cheating a small business.) I pointed out her shortcomings to my son, but he refused to listen and even defended her. Can I get him to end it without being the overbearing mother?</p> <p>&#8212;Upset Mom</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Apr 07, 2020</p> d42f7fbc1813f6c6b77c8c17c7aa5699 Meet Joe Beige for 03/31/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/03/20/meet-joe-beige Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i>I've been dating this guy for a month. Things with him are really average. However, we met through a mutual guy friend, and I'm actually really into that guy. Could my staying with the guy I'm seeing spark jealousy in the friend and lead him to make a play for me?</p> <p>&#8212;Wrong Place</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Mar 31, 2020</p> d39d737a999c91266c0edd8ce43bf6b0 Callous In Wonderland for 03/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/03/20/callous-in-wonderland Tue, 24 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i>At family gatherings, my sister-in-law makes critical remarks about my appearance, like my shirt's very low-cut or I might want to lose weight before wearing the dress I have on. She only does this in front of others, and she says she just tells me because she cares about me. It doesn't feel that way. I'd really like her to stop. </i></p><i> </i><p><i>&#8212;Feeling Attacked</i><p>Updated: Tue Mar 24, 2020</p> 2a8a499beaa03ca03d76b27954d2cac3 Not OK, Cupid for 03/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/03/20/not-ok-cupid Tue, 17 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i>A gay male friend set me up on a date. The man was HORRIBLE. He spent the entire date talking about himself. Everything was a brag. He didn't ask one question about me. Now I'm wondering whether my "friend" knows me at all. Why would he set me up with someone so wrong for me? </p> <p>&#8212;Seething Woman</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Mar 17, 2020</p> 65f9da7b1a8e2008babc8982680acc08 Bored Walk Empire for 03/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/03/20/bored-walk-empire Tue, 10 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i>Why am I only attracted to unattainable guys? As soon as men express interest in me, I lose interest in them. How do I break this cycle?! </p> <p>&#8212;Frustrated</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Mar 10, 2020</p> a3c2e83049f4f9dff0aae6e41fa356de Grisly Bare for 03/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/03/20/grisly-bare Tue, 03 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p><i>I hooked up with a really good friend a few times. We both agreed to forget about it to preserve our friendship, but he's been really distant. I don't want to be the one to reach out and say something. How do I get things back to normal?</p> <p>&#8212;Upset Woman</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Mar 03, 2020</p> d801372b760764298b7ab787a6d4f329 Flee Infestation for 02/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/02/20/flee-infestation Tue, 25 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p><i>Disturbingly, I've had two close female friends "ghost" me in five months. I've known each for 15 years. (They don't know each other, and one lives out of state.) I've tried repeatedly to contact each, asking "Did I do anything to hurt or offend you?" No response. I just want the truth so I can move on. </p> <p>&#8212;Baffled</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Feb 25, 2020</p>