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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…


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,…


Low libido affecting intimacy in young couples

Dear Straight Talk: I'm 24 and not sure where to turn. My boyfriend, 26, wants to move in together and make things permanent, but so many coupled friends complain that they hardly ever have sex and there is little intimacy when they…


Daughter is shaving pubic hair. What does it mean?

Dear Straight Talk: I don't know who to talk to. I walked in on my daughter (17), undressing, and couldn't help but see that she shaves her pubic hair. I didn't say a thing and decided to write you instead. Are all the girls…


College-age panelists weigh in on pornography issue

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: My younger brother is 19, a healthy college student. We are close friends. He confided in me that he is reluctant to date because of recent problems with arousal. He…

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Senseless war against masturbation still rages

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: This sounds like a Seinfeld episode, but my mom came home unexpectedly and caught me masturbating (something I normally do under the covers). She believes sex is immoral…


Teach your children well…  about sex, porn, love

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: Your columns make me concerned for my son and daughter, ages 9 and 7, respectively. Their father and I divorced over his pornography habit. I hope my son doesn’t…


Twin beds, open dialogue best solution for sleepover issues

DEAR READERS: This is the third column in a series about a topic I get a good deal of polarized mail on — that being the dilemma of whether a gay girl and a straight girl should be allowed sleepovers with…


Does same-sex attraction mean you’re gay or bi?

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I’m a girl and when I see other girls with attractive bodies nude, I sometimes feel a physical attraction. This includes my stepsister with whom I sometimes share…


Millennials might be next “Greatest Generation”

DEAR READERS: What’s wrong with the world? How can we improve it? Here is Part II of the panel’s vision for 2010. As I said last week, the Millennial Generation are old souls when it comes to understanding…

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