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, 29 Mar 2020 04:21:20 -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 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> 2eae1865395eb4d95e02191e28547d93 Business Whirled for 02/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/02/20/business-whirled Tue, 18 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p><i>I'm a woman who's fiercely competitive in the business world. I've been rewarded for pursuing deals as relentlessly as highly successful men do. Yet, taking this approach in my dating life &#8212; energetically pursuing men and confidently asking them out &#8212; has been a bust. The men I go after seem to find my openness, excitement, and confidence off-putting. I keep hearing that I need to chill out and let men pursue me. This seems crazy. I shouldn't have to act like a debutante, waiting for a man to ask me out. </p> <p>&#8212;Irritated</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Feb 18, 2020</p> 9f4ab85f1a8c28e66c60de15901618e0 The Sociopath Of Least Resistance for 02/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/02/20/the-sociopath-of-least-resistance-65a77 Tue, 11 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i>I discovered that the guy I'm dating has a girlfriend he's cheating on. In fact, she confronted us, which was awful. I've had a history of guys cheating on me, and I want to end the pattern. Unfortunately, I'm not attracted to a lot of guys I go out with, and I'm really attracted to this guy. </i></p><i> </i><p><i>&#8212;Chemistry</i><p>Updated: Tue Feb 11, 2020</p> 0ff8ea82b748dd804c49cde1168fb243 From Hear To Eternity for 02/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/02/20/from-hear-to-eternity Tue, 04 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p><i>My roommate has this need to tell me all about his day when he gets home. Making matters worse, his main form of communication is complaining. I need quiet time when I come home, not a second job as an unlicensed therapist. I've hinted at this, but he isn't catching on. </p> <p>&#8212;Weary</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Feb 04, 2020</p> c1681fe5a7498264037a1492e43f8a40 'I Have A Gleam...' for 01/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/01/20/i-have-a-gleam Tue, 28 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p><i>I'm a straight woman, and at my recent birthday party, several people remarked about this other woman, also straight, "Whoa, is she infatuated with you, or what?" Straight women getting intense girl crushes on me has actually been a pattern in my life. Weird. A friend says I have "charisma" but couldn't really explain what that is.</p> <p>&#8212;Mysteriously Popular</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jan 28, 2020</p> 0cab35bf1dc6612a6ffc74d60ae9fa71 Charmin School for 01/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/01/20/charmin-school Tue, 21 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i>Yesterday, my roommate picked up some household supplies (toilet paper, sponges, etc.) and asked me to split the cost. I've bought plenty of household supplies in the two years we've lived together without ever asking for any money. It feels weird and cheap that he's suddenly doing this. Am I being unreasonable in feeling this way, or is he being seriously petty?</i></p><i> </i><p><i>&#8212;Annoyed</i><p>Updated: Tue Jan 21, 2020</p> 954852febd99ca0845e611fe065066c6 Heart Of Barkness for 01/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/01/20/heart-of-barkness Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i>My friend recently bought a $3,000 labradoodle but refuses to pay to get it trained. The dog is really badly behaved. Whenever I bring up the need for training, my friend gets very defensive and lashes out at me. Last time I visited her, the dog got into my bag and chewed through some seriously expensive skin care products I treated myself to. She acted like it wasn't an issue and even said it was my fault for leaving my bag on the floor! We've been friends for nearly 20 years, so it's a little complicated, but how can I let her know her actions feel inconsiderate and get her to take proper responsibility for her dog?</i></p><i> </i><p><i>&#8212;Beware Of Owner</i><p>Updated: Tue Jan 14, 2020</p> 000ce6cfab1820e2ec3d8b56dea07ff4 Ghoul, Interrupted for 01/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/01/20/ghoul-interrupted Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p><i>A good friend's mom just died. Out of nowhere, he told me that his mom never liked me very much. Frankly, the feeling was mutual, but I of course never said anything. While I don't want to start a fight or anything, I'm bothered that he told me this. How should I let him know?</p> <p>&#8212;Irritated</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jan 07, 2020</p> 5a7214655eaea8b42de884116c8651fd Talons Show for 12/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/12/19/talons-show Tue, 31 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i>Women are so mean. I'm the new girl at work, having started my job two weeks ago. Yesterday, I had a date after work, so I wore my date outfit to the office. It wasn't scandalous, but it was a little sexier than my usual workwear. I was in a bathroom stall, and I overheard two female co-workers talking about me: mean, nasty, catty talk. And really, my outfit was not terribly revealing. Why are women so awful to one another?</i></p><i> </i><p><i>&#8212;Upset</i><p>Updated: Tue Dec 31, 2019</p> 8f1721351db2f6c9b46580cec1b664d5 The Nobel Savages for 12/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/12/19/the-nobel-savages Tue, 24 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i>My husband's parents interact with our 3-year-old in upsetting ways. They overfocus on her appearance, asking whether she's washed her hair or where her comb is. (She has naturally stringy hair.) They constantly quiz her, making her name colors, numbers, etc. They once spent an entire dinner trying to train her to use a napkin. My husband finally exclaimed, "She's not a performing seal!" After their last visit, she started showing anxiety that her hair doesn't look nice. How can I keep my daughter's spirit from being squelched by her grandparents?</i></p><i> </i><p><i>&#8212;Worried</i><p>Updated: Tue Dec 24, 2019</p> 9d13755d66d210508d3767aac42ce16c Crouching Tiger, Hidden Camera for 12/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/12/19/crouching-tiger-hidden-camera Tue, 17 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p><i>I have a new roommate, and she's uncomfortable with the cameras in the common areas (living room and kitchen). This became an issue for her after I saw video of her being careless with my furniture and texted her and asked her to stop. My last roommate had no problem with the cameras, which I got after my home was broken into. My current roommate knew the deal when she moved in, but now she's very uncomfortable and complains about this constantly, saying it's affecting her mental health. She wants the cameras either removed or turned off when she's home. </p> <p>&#8212;Annoyed </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Dec 17, 2019</p> 76f75cde3e07131460512a488e5f3dc2 Baby Got Backup for 12/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/12/19/baby-got-backup Tue, 10 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p><i> I've been dating this really great woman for three months. She's just decided that she needs to be single right now, despite our forming a pretty strong connection. She explained that she really, really likes me, but she's never been single for very long and thinks it's best for her at the moment. I can respect that. She also says we can keep sleeping together if I want. I want to do that, but I'm wondering: Could that ruin our chances of having a real relationship again in the future?</p> <p>&#8212;Wanna Play It Smart </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Dec 10, 2019</p> ff3a6bf59be316d54d9898dee6030d5b Spurning Curve for 12/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/12/19/spurning-curve Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p><i>I was feeding my meter the other day, and this guy started chatting me up outside his store and got me to take his number. He seemed sweet, but things quickly got weird when he wanted to come over the next night. I said that didn't work for me, but I offered to swing by his work and say hi during the day. He responded angrily: "No. I wanna come to your house, but you aren't ready for it." I politely explained that I didn't know him at all and wasn't into casual sex anymore. If that didn't work for him, that was totally cool and we could just be friends. He got angry again, saying (bizarrely), "I'm not a negative person" and then "But now you'll never know how awesome I am!" I was dumbfounded. Why do some guys get so jerky when you turn them down or just want to take things slow? </p> <p>&#8212;Baffled</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Dec 03, 2019</p> 2b331608c9c8b3ff299a1ee6201c2703 Vicious Recycle for 11/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/11/19/vicious-recycle Tue, 26 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p><i>I've started dating a guy that an estranged friend of mine was engaged to and dumped 25 years ago. She completely broke his heart. She's been engaged eight times, married five, so I hardly think he was special. But some of my girlfriends think it's not cool and say I'm breaking "girl code." Am I betraying her?</p> <p>&#8212;In A Quandary</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Nov 26, 2019</p> 0d32f65710f2ec94cbca8246bd3a4169 Once Upon A Crime for 11/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/11/19/once-upon-a-crime Tue, 19 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i>I've been with my boyfriend for nine years, and I'm still pissed off about stuff from like five years ago. I don't know how I remember this stuff when I can't find my keys half the time. I'd like to get rid of these resentments and not keep bringing them up. I know it's not healthy for me or our relationship, but I don't know how to let them go. &#8212; Stuck</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Nov 19, 2019</p> 68d7e53f3e0872a8483654e0edb076c8 A Labor of Leave for 11/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/11/19/a-labor-of-leave Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i> I haven't had sex since my last breakup, and I'm all lusty. I really like this guy, but he seems to have some intimacy issues. We went on a coffee date, and the chemistry made things go further than I would have wanted or expected (making out like crazy in the car). My friends keep reminding me to build trust and friendship before sex. But can you really go backward? Like, is it possible to just hang out and chat once things have gotten hot and heavy? &#8212; Lustbucket </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Nov 12, 2019</p>