IllinoisTimes - Advice Goddess http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-109-1-advice-goddess.html Tue, 26 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Stray it forward http://illinoistimes.com/article-17485-stray-it-forward.html Stray it forward
I’m a single guy who started a “friends with benefits” thing two months ago with an unhappily married female co-worker. We’ve since developed feelings for each other and started talking about...]]>
Skinny genes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17461-skinny-genes.html Skinny genes
 I’ve always been a very athletic guy. I do jujitsu every day. When I don’t exercise, I feel depressed. My girlfriend, however, has never been very physically active. She has a great body –...]]>
Fasten your deceit belt http://illinoistimes.com/article-17416-fasten-your-deceit-belt.html Fasten your deceit belt
I’m a 44-year-old woman who’s been dating a successful actor for a year. When we met, he told me he was 35. Well, in picking up a prescription for him, I discovered he’s actually 42. I’m relie...]]>
The gift of blab http://illinoistimes.com/article-17385-the-gift-of-blab.html The gift of blab
 My girlfriend tells her mother and her friends pretty much everything. Literally four of her friends and her mom were weighing in on her recent urinary tract infection. I just don’t get why sh...]]>
Unzipping your genes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17360-unzipping-your-genes.html Unzipping your genes
I’m increasingly frustrated by your views that women are attracted to men with status or wealth and don’t care much about men’s looks. Personally, I’m not attracted by men’s status or wealth...]]>
Someday, her prince will run http://illinoistimes.com/article-17356-someday-her-prince-will-run.html Someday, her prince will run
 I’m a single woman in my 40s. It’s been ages since I’ve seriously dated anyone. People tell me that I seem “closed off.” I don’t want to be, but I worry that I’ll get into another...]]>
Canine-and- a-half weeks http://illinoistimes.com/article-17302-canine-and-a-half-weeks.html Canine-and- a-half weeks
My girlfriend sleeps with her two medium-sized dogs. They are, to quote her, her “babies.” I see them more as her bodyguards. We don’t live together, but even when I sleep over, which is a few t...]]>
You’re the none for me http://illinoistimes.com/article-17286-you%25E2%2580%2599re-the-none-for-me.html You’re the none for me
 You’ll probably think I’m messing with you, but I swear I’m not. I am a man who has no desire to have sex. I was married, but after my wife got pregnant with our second (planned) child, we...]]>
The litter prince http://illinoistimes.com/article-17253-the-litter-prince.html The litter prince
My boyfriend and I just moved in together, and it’s going well except for how he leaves empty containers and trash everywhere. I asked him to please just put these in the garbage. He did this – fo...]]>
Fresh Prince of Bel-Stare http://illinoistimes.com/article-17247-fresh-prince-of-bel-stare.html Fresh Prince of Bel-Stare
 My boyfriend “loves women.” When we’re out, he’ll check out and comment on every hot girl. I get that he’s just “appreciating their beauty,” but it makes me feel really bad – ang...]]>
The bleh lagoon http://illinoistimes.com/article-17194-the-bleh-lagoon.html The bleh lagoon
I’m a guy in my late 20s. Two years ago I started a friends-with-benefits thing with a woman, which honestly has turned into one of the most relaxed, comfortable relationships I’ve had. Unfortunat...]]>
All in a day’s jerk http://illinoistimes.com/article-17183-all-in-a-day%25E2%2580%2599s-jerk.html All in a day’s jerk
 I’m a happily married 30-year-old woman. A co-worker pointed out a senior trainer at work constantly sneaking lustful glances at me. I was later assigned to his section. We quickly became clos...]]>
What you seethe is what you get http://illinoistimes.com/article-17150-what-you-seethe-is-what-you-get.html What you seethe is what you get
My boyfriend of a year used to fly into rages. He and his ex had huge, ugly screaming fights. He now uses “mental tricks” to stay calmer. Obviously, rage is a bad thing, but it’s also a passiona...]]>
The mummy’s cursor http://illinoistimes.com/article-17062-the-mummy%25E2%2580%2599s-cursor.html The mummy’s cursor
I’m a woman in my 20s, and female friends and I find that, generally speaking, once a guy gets into a relationship, his texting dwindles into brief news bites, like “fell asleep!” or “phone di...]]>
Slight of hand http://illinoistimes.com/article-17057-slight-of-hand.html Slight of hand
My boyfriend mistakenly sent me a text meant for somebody else – a real estate agent with my same first name who’s showing him apartments. This made me feel like I’m unimportant – easily confu...]]>
We’ll always have parasite http://illinoistimes.com/article-16999-we%25E2%2580%2599ll-always-have-parasite.html We’ll always have parasite
When I got remarried, I inherited a stepdaughter. Though she and my husband had been estranged for many years, I was instrumental in getting them to reconcile. I’ve come to regret this. She is a rag...]]>
Papa’s got a brand new hag - Amy Alkon, Advice Goddess, advice columns, California, Springfield, traveling boyfriend, FaceTime, video calls, zombie Orson Welles, male sexuality, female sexuality, the contrast effect, attractiveness, Hollywood, evolutionary psychologists Douglas Kenri http://illinoistimes.com/article-16982-papa%25E2%2580%2599s-got-a-brand-new-hag.html Papa’s got a brand new hag - Amy Alkon, Advice Goddess, advice columns, California, Springfield, traveling boyfriend, FaceTime, video calls, zombie Orson Welles, male sexuality, female sexuality, the contrast effect, attractiveness, Hollywood, evolutionary psychologists Douglas Kenri
 My boyfriend travels a lot, and when he’s away, he wants to video call over FaceTime. Well, I look absolutely hideous on FaceTime, and I don’t want to do it. And really, who doesn’t look s...]]>
Hi money, I’m home http://illinoistimes.com/article-16930-hi-money-i%25E2%2580%2599m-home.html Hi money, I’m home
My boyfriend is going to a dinner out of town to get an award for a film he made, and he didn’t invite me. When I told him I felt excluded, he said that he was embarrassed because his parents are pa...]]>
Having the time of someone else’s wife http://illinoistimes.com/article-16925-having-the-time-of-someone-else%25E2%2580%2599s-wife.html Having the time of someone else’s wife
I’m a 39-year-old guy, and I just met the most amazing woman but she’s going through a divorce. My best friend said to never date somebody while they’re divorcing, because they’re crazy and em...]]>
See ya later, calculator http://illinoistimes.com/article-16877-see-ya-later-calculator.html See ya later, calculator
I’m in a new relationship with the sweetest, most generous girl, but I’m hesitant to let her do nice stuff for me. In my previous relationship every single nice thing my ex did was held against me...]]>
Shrug Actually http://illinoistimes.com/article-16849-shrug-actually.html Shrug Actually
I’m in my first serious relationship. It started off super hot and sexual. Now, a year in, it’s lovey-dovey and cuddly. Not that my boyfriend and I don’t have sex. We do, and it’s still good....]]>
Fifty Shades of Wait http://illinoistimes.com/article-16818-fifty-shades-of-wait.html Fifty Shades of Wait
I’m a very successful guy in my 30s. I had a lot of casual sex in my 20s, but I got sick of the disconnection and emotional fallout. I’m looking for a relationship, and I’ve started waiting to s...]]>
Inaction figure http://illinoistimes.com/article-16781-inaction-figure.html Inaction figure
 My girlfriend got laid off four months ago, along with many of her co-workers. She is not making a serious attempt to find a job and is just living off unemployment benefits. She stays up until...]]>
Mr. Swipe Right http://illinoistimes.com/article-16750-mr-swipe-right.html Mr. Swipe Right
I’m a woman who’s both loving and seriously hating Tinder. Guys on this app mostly want to hook up, and even those who say they want a relationship are flaky, often disappearing after a single dat...]]>
Mr. Throng http://illinoistimes.com/article-16714-mr-throng.html Mr. Throng
 I’m a 35-year-old woman, and I’ve been involved with a guy around my age for almost two years. It’s been “open.” Well, that is, he’s had the freedom to sleep with other people. I hav...]]>
Ben Hurry http://illinoistimes.com/article-16685-ben-hurry.html Ben Hurry
I’m a woman in my 40s, and I’ve been happily married for 22 years. Unfortunately, my husband and I have never been very compatible sexually. I had read so much Cosmopolitan magazine in college tha...]]>
Shove hurts http://illinoistimes.com/article-16661-shove-hurts.html Shove hurts
 I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on a relationship coach who instructed me to cut off all sex and even all contact with the guy I was dating until he agreed to marry me. I knew he loved me and w...]]>
Livid and let livid http://illinoistimes.com/article-16634-livid-and-let-livid.html Livid and let livid
You responded to a woman who was very proud of herself for leaving the room to compose herself when she got really angry with her boyfriend. It is very unhealthy to stuff your anger. Why would you giv...]]>
When Harry bent Sally over the hood of the car http://illinoistimes.com/article-16590-when-harry-bent-sally-over-the-hood-of-the-car.html When Harry bent Sally over the hood of the car
 My girlfriend’s “best friend” is a straight guy. I trust that she thinks he’s just her friend. However, as a guy, I know that if he could hit it, he would. FYI, I’m not really a jealou...]]>
A man walks into a barnacle http://illinoistimes.com/article-16589-a-man-walks-into-a-barnacle.html A man walks into a barnacle
 I’m a 43-year-old man, and I’m trying to build my career after years of being a stay-at-home dad. I got involved very quickly with a woman I met online, but the truth is that she’s just no...]]>