Lauren Forcella

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 ...

Father gets the ‘straight talk’ about school shootings

Dear Straight Talk: To combat school shootings, our school district is considering arming teachers who undergo extensive training. All this is making my daughter (age 17) even mo ...

Being youngest can make it tough to feel smart

Dear Straight Talk: I’m the youngest of five siblings with 20 years between my oldest sibling and myself. Because I am considerably younger, I sometimes feel like I don&rsq ...

How can you tell if a girl is interested or just flirting?

Dear Straight Talk, Recently, some girls wrote in asking how to tell whether guys liked them or just wanted to hook up. Well, my guy friends and I can’t tell whether a girl ...