Lauren Forcella

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 ...

The advantage of face-to-face education over online learning

Anyone with a brain in their head knows that learning in a classroom with a teacher will result in more comprehension and retention than learning alone in front of a glowing screen ...

Trying to stay straight at all-women’s college

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a freshman at a top all-girl’s college. I’m straight and broke up with my boyfriend to be here. There is tremendous pressure to fit in h ...

Girl faces pressure for not shaving, waxing

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16 and unlike most girls I know, I prefer to be natural and don’t shave or wax. My friends accept this as my business, however, my stepsiste ...

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 ...

What bugs Millennials about their generation? Part 2

Dear Readers: If there’s one word to define this generation, it’s “distracted.” Smart phones, video games, on-line porn, surround-media blasting messages ...

What bugs Millennials about their generation?

Dear Readers: What bugs you about your generation? I asked the panel this simple question and their responses are, I hope, unsettling. As the first children to come of age in the ...

Teen wants help losing weight

Dear Straight Talk: This year, I want to lose weight. My weight affects my energy, my lack of a boyfriend, and how I feel about myself. I think my mom is scared I’ll become ...

Teen suffers post holiday blues

Dear Straight Talk: It’s the day after Christmas and I’m so depressed. We do this whole thing at my grandparents where my relatives buy all this stuff and we spend th ...