By KarenUhOh on Ask Polly: Should I Have This Baby?

@IBentMyWookie I'll chime in here, too: LW, if you have this child, you also need to think hard about how and how much "walking away" Dad gets to do. Because he's got a stake in this whether he wants it or not. . .and he damn well may owe a support obligation of some sort, one that need not be determined today or the day the child is born.

Be careful and smart about your rights, and good luck.

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 1:27 pm 3

By camelface on What's Behind This Totally Nonexistent Epidemic Of Banker Suicides?

no man has ever hung from the rafters of a second home

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 9:24 am 6

By PistolPackinMama on Ask Polly: My Boyfriend Thinks I'm Ugly

@bibliobotic no no, don't you see, the right to say anything that crosses your mind is more important than other people's feelings. And it's more important to say what's on your mind than think about why you're saying it! And of course if you're going to say something truthful, you have to say something unkind because that's what honesty is, right? Because if it's considerate it has to be false, right?

Or maybe not.


Posted on March 21, 2014 at 12:08 pm 1

By bibliobotic on Ask Polly: My Boyfriend Thinks I'm Ugly

@Real-ism Except "unable to filter any of their thoughts" and "lies all the time" are not the same thing.

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 10:21 am 1

By City_Dater on Ask Polly: My Boyfriend Thinks I'm Ugly


Sure, it's possible to love someone to whom you are not physically attracted -- like your Mom, or your best friend.

There is no tactful way to tell your partner you wish she was hotter and it isn't a subject anyone should bring up unless he's prepared to hear all about his shortcomings, including, "I wish you were less shallow and watched less porn."

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm 4

By ejcsanfran on Ask Polly: My Boyfriend Thinks I'm Ugly

@laurel: But as long as they follow it up with, "I'm just being honest" it's OK, right?

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm 3

By HereKitty on Meet The Awl

You know who else's birthday is April 20th?

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm 5

By skyslang on Ask Polly: My Terrific Herd Of Friends Is Being Ruined By This Awful Freak

@laurel Haha. I had that same reaction to the "innocent behaviors" line. It come directly after the author says she keeps trying to ditch Jessica. I think this narrator is unreliable!

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm 2

By Bobby Womack on Lucky Louie

My dog died two days ago, so this was difficult to read, but it's heartening to hear about good people doing good work.

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 1:55 pm 1

By My Number Is My Address on Bodies Given To Science

It would be cooler if he just said that without being a pre-med.

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 10:43 am 2