Straight Talk Advice

Straight Talk Advice by Teens

Rainbow flag up, Confederate flag down

Championing equal rights is patriotism of youth

Dear Straight Talk: My "news junkie" grandmother from Georgia is staying with us. She constantly puts me and my generation down saying we're not patriotic and we don’t care about anything. But I think I'm more patriotic than…

 

Gay teen fearful about coming out

Teen accepts being gay but fears bullying and rejection

Dear Straight Talk: I like your “Am I Gay or Straight?” test [Jun 2]. I’m gay and there has never been any confusion; I’ve liked boys starting before puberty. I accept myself but I worry about others accepting…

 

Why is male swag so irresistible?

Obsession over bad boy comes out of nowhere

Dear Straight Talk: I’ve been dating this boy for a year and five months and we are in a happy relationship. I love him very much and wouldn’t think of breaking up. But suddenly, with no warning or past history, I got feelings…

 

Why SHOULD I tell on the jerks?

No love here: Sibling cruelty makes kids disdain helping each other

Dear Straight Talk: I hear repeatedly in Straight Talk about telling on siblings in danger, but I don't see why I should when it would only make trouble for me. My stepsisters huff [inhale toxic household chemicals] in their room and…

 

No-nonsense “Am I Gay or Lesbian?” test

Sexual-orientation confusion — not the junk you need

Dear Straight Talk: Can you please run your no-nonsense “Am I Gay?” test from your website. It followed your [APR 28] column about the girl worried she was gay even though she’d always had crushes on boys. My kids are…

 

Bullying, peer pressure, school-environment negatives motivate homeschooling

Dispelling the myth of sheltered friendless homeschoolers

Dear Straight Talk: I'm 16 and tired of the stereotyping I face as a homeschooler. Never mind that homeschoolers have hobbies, friends, engage in clubs and sports at our local school, we’re all introverted hermits. I must have…

 

Good porn, bad porn? It all depresses libido, focus, drive

Mom finds son’s “sickening” porn stash

Dear Straight Talk: My 16-year-old son has been “different” lately and my motherly instincts told me something was wrong. I was scared to death it was drugs and searched his room when he was at school. I did not find drugs,…

 

Inhalants: Smells like drugs, acts like drugs, lies like drugs

Boy seems to be huffing but won’t admit it

Dear Straight Talk: My little brother is 15. Whenever he enters the room or gets in the car, I smell a strong odor of nail polish, polish remover or paint thinner. My mom and I have gone through his room and found nothing. He's acting…

 

Should 16-year-olds have the right to vote?

Just as women were repressed without suffrage, so are children

Dear Straight Talk: I read that the voting age was lowered to 16 in two cities and that San Francisco is considering the same. I don't feel kids this age have the maturity or education to make informed decisions. I think most honest…

 

Dark side of sex-positive: sexual-orientation confusion

Girl who has always liked boys, now stressing about being gay

Dear Straight Talk: I’ve always thought I was straight. I had crushes on boys growing up and currently have a boyfriend who I feel romantic kissing. But recently I’ve been semi-attracted to breasts on the Internet and TV. I…