IllinoisTimes - Advice Goddess http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-109-1-advice-goddess.html Wed, 16 Aug 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Watercolor under the bridge http://illinoistimes.com/article-18977-watercolor-under-the-bridge.html Watercolor under the bridge
A guy my girlfriend dated seven years ago is now an aspiring artist, and he gave my girlfriend one of his paintings. It’s abstract, splashy and horrible. I find it disrespectful of him to give it to...]]>
No more Mr. Knife guy http://illinoistimes.com/article-18948-no-more-mr-knife-guy.html No more Mr. Knife guy
You’ve answered some questions about online dating recently, but I haven’t seen you mention dating sites that do criminal background checks. Do you think it’s a smart idea to sign up for one of...]]>
To have and to mold http://illinoistimes.com/article-18933-to-have-and-to-mold.html To have and to mold

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Lewd Skywalker http://illinoistimes.com/article-18900-lewd-skywalker.html Lewd Skywalker
A guy friend of 20 years and I once fooled around years ago. Though he has a girlfriend, he keeps throwing sexual remarks into our conversations, sending inappropriate texts and asking me to send nake...]]>
The truth about stats and dogs http://illinoistimes.com/article-18888-the-truth-about-stats-and-dogs.html The truth about stats and dogs
I’m a woman looking for a new boyfriend and considering various online dating sites. Some have long questionnaires and they factor your answers into an “algorithm” to match you with the best pos...]]>
Plenty of dead fish http://illinoistimes.com/article-18853-plenty-of-dead-fish.html Plenty of dead fish
My girlfriend and I broke up recently, so I’m back in the dating pool. Do you think online dating is a good way to meet people? If so, which are the best dating sites? – Diving InAsking “Which d...]]>
Jack and jilted http://illinoistimes.com/article-18829-jack-and-jilted.html Jack and jilted
My boyfriend of three years cheated on me, and when I found out, he dumped me. I’m getting over it, but boy, it’s a slow process. Some days I’m fine, and others I feel super sad or really angry....]]>
Our bodies, our selfies http://illinoistimes.com/article-18813-our-bodies-our-selfies.html Our bodies, our selfies
My girlfriend of two years had me help her download photos from her phone, and I found about two dozen close-ups of her private parts. She said she was “just curious.” Well, okay, but why not use...]]>
Speaking ill of the dud http://illinoistimes.com/article-18778-speaking-ill-of-the-dud.html Speaking ill of the dud
I have a close friend whose relationships always end badly. The new guy she’s dating has a reputation as a user. My friend’s very successful, and I believe he’s dating her for her business conta...]]>
Silicone Valley http://illinoistimes.com/article-18770-silicone-valley.html Silicone Valley
I’m a guy who hates fake boobs. I’ve dumped women I really liked upon discovering they have them. Total dealbreaker for me. However, I obviously can’t just ask whether a woman has them. What sho...]]>
Sight for Thor eyes http://illinoistimes.com/article-18725-sight-for-thor-eyes.html Sight for Thor eyes
I’m a 35-year-old masculine gay man. I’ve had relationships with (masculine) gay men, but I’m often attracted to masculine straight men. I’m not looking to “turn” them, and I’m ready for...]]>
Wedding his appetite http://illinoistimes.com/article-18691-wedding-his-appetite.html Wedding his appetite
I have this disturbing pattern. I’ve dated three different guys, each of whom said he didn’t want to get married, wasn’t ready, whatever. But then, the next girl they met … BAM! Walking down t...]]>
Tale of whoa http://illinoistimes.com/article-18664-tale-of-whoa.html Tale of whoa
A dear friend who’s also a co-worker just went through a breakup with her girlfriend, and she’s devastated. I don’t know what to tell her. I’ve tried everything: You dodged a bullet; it�...]]>
Don yawn http://illinoistimes.com/article-18640-don-yawn.html Don yawn
I’m a 40-year-old man who can’t seem to keep a relationship going for more than a year. There’s never bitter fighting or betrayal. I just gradually lose interest. I can’t blame my girlfriends...]]>
Swarm fuzzies http://illinoistimes.com/article-18629-swarm-fuzzies.html Swarm fuzzies
I got in an argument with my boyfriend about the reason not to have sex outside our relationship. He said he wouldn’t do it because he wouldn’t want to hurt me. I said he shouldn’t want to be wi...]]>
Caveheart http://illinoistimes.com/article-18577-caveheart.html Caveheart
 I’m a woman in my 30s. I love parties and talking to people, and thank God, because I attend networking events for work. My boyfriend, on the other hand, is an introvert, hates talking to stra...]]>
Jihad me at hello http://illinoistimes.com/article-18552-jihad-me-at-hello.html Jihad me at hello
I’m a man in my mid-30s, and I’m dating a woman I really love. We match each other on so many levels, and I thought we had a really great thing. But recently, she seems to want more than I can giv...]]>
Greed between the lines http://illinoistimes.com/article-18517-greed-between-the-lines.html Greed between the lines
I love my boyfriend; however, I feel bad that he never buys me presents. He did when we were dating, and he buys himself extravagant stuff. But he got me nothing for my birthday and only some trinkets...]]>
Insecurity blanket http://illinoistimes.com/article-18479-insecurity-blanket.html Insecurity blanket
I’m extremely insecure about my looks, though objectively I know I’m pretty. I constantly ask my boyfriend for reassurance. He gives it to me but feels bad that I feel this way. Now I’m worrying...]]>
Loot conquers all http://illinoistimes.com/article-18451-loot-conquers-all.html Loot conquers all
 Nobody expects a free meal from a restaurant. So what’s with wedding guests who think it’s acceptable to give no gift or just $100 from two people? My understanding is that you are supposed...]]>
A world of blurt http://illinoistimes.com/article-18428-a-world-of-blurt.html A world of blurt
I’m in love with my married female co-worker. I’m married and have no intention of leaving my wife, and I doubt she’d leave her husband, even if she shared my feelings. I love how caring and kin...]]>
Pleaser burn http://illinoistimes.com/article-18398-pleaser-burn.html Pleaser burn
 My problem is that I’ll go on one or two dates with a girl and then get the whole “I just wanna be friends.” And they really mean that. They want me to do lunch and go shopping and talk on...]]>
Born jesterday http://illinoistimes.com/article-18381-born-jesterday.html Born jesterday
I’m a 27-year-old guy and I’m not very funny. I know women like a guy with a sense of humor, so I was interested in these “Flirt Cards” with funny messages that I saw on Kickstarter. You write...]]>
A ruse is a ruse is a ruse http://illinoistimes.com/article-18343-a-ruse-is-a-ruse-is-a-ruse.html A ruse is a ruse is a ruse
 A year ago, the woman who pet-sits for me began inviting herself over for dinner. We started going out about three times a week. I always paid for dinner. She never introduced me to her friends,...]]>
Stare Trek http://illinoistimes.com/article-18317-stare-trek.html Stare Trek
The 40-year-old guy I’m dating swivels his head to check out ladies everywhere. He even comments on those he finds attractive. I’ve mentioned that it bugs me. He contends that it’s my insecuriti...]]>
You deserve a breakup today http://illinoistimes.com/article-18289-you-deserve-a-breakup-today.html You deserve a breakup today
I really appreciated your recent column about people who go through with getting married when they know deep down that they’re making a mistake. I’m reminded of the common societal admonishment ag...]]>
Savings and alone http://illinoistimes.com/article-18256-savings-and-alone.html Savings and alone
I’m a 28-year-old guy in a corporate job. I’m out there trying to meet women and date (or hook up) but I’m not doing so well. In college I was able to hook up and get girlfriends pretty easily,...]]>
Get off my yawn http://illinoistimes.com/article-18224-get-off-my-yawn.html Get off my yawn
I’m a 61-year-old guy who’s been married four times. I love the security and acceptance of marriage, but after several years, either my wife du jour or I will get bored and we’ll agree to move o...]]>
Flee Willy http://illinoistimes.com/article-18193-flee-willy.html Flee Willy
I’m a 27-year-old woman, dating again after a six-year relationship. I slept with a guy on the third date and was dismayed when he didn’t spend the night. It didn’t feel like just a hookup, and...]]>
Is it something I wed? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18168-is-it-something-i-wed.html Is it something I wed?
Two of my girlfriends just got divorced. Both recently admitted to me that they knew they shouldn’t have gotten married at the time but did anyway. Just this weekend, another friend – married for...]]>