Lauren Forcella

Inappropriate ‘girl talk’ is driving boy crazy

Dear Straight Talk: Regarding the thigh-gap column, most guys don’t give a hoot about thigh gaps, but most do care about being subjected to girl talk about thigh gaps, shav ...

Cutting, burning and self-harm is a cry for help

Dear Straight Talk:  I read in Straight Talk about siblings afraid to tell on each other regarding serious issues — and you always say tell! Well, I wish my 13-year-ol ...

Young woman faces grim reality of childhood sexual abuse

Dear Straight Talk: A close friend is coming to terms with the fact that her alcoholic stepfather molested her when she was growing up. She never goes home because of him and is ...

Just say no to ‘Thigh Gap’

Dear Straight Talk: I’m happy to observe that today’s teens seem to see the ideal female form as more curvy and less pre-pubescent than in my youth. (Thank you, Beyonc& ...

‘Good kid, bad kid’— a wake-up call for parents

Dear Straight Talk: In regard to your recent column on heroin addiction, it’s my sister who is the drug addict. My parents spent most of our college fund for her rehabs and ...

Boy’s girlfriend is pregnant and pushing him away

Dear Straight Talk: My girlfriend since last Christmas just told me she is pregnant. She is 17 and I’m 18. She’s been on the pill since she was 16 but maybe forgot to ...

Male resourcefulness more important than ‘size’

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 20 and I hope you take this question seriously as a men’s-rights issue because nobody talks about it except through hurtful jokes. With no con ...

Keep mouth shut about friend’s loser boyfriend – unless!

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 18 and my best friend of 10 years is dating someone with a lot of mental health and drug abuse problems. Even after he said terrible things to her, ...

Dad feels rejected, wants place in daughter’s life

Dear Straight Talk: My 16-year-old daughter complains that I’m not “in her life” enough. I do work hard in a demanding career to support our family, but I buy h ...

Heroin use at epidemic levels

Dear Straight Talk:  My friend is smoking heroin. I tell her to stop before she gets addicted, but she denies the problem. Her parents hate me and will accuse me of being th ...