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Show and TellPrudie counsels a letter writer who “played doctor” as a kid, but whose fiancée thinks it was abuse.
Bloody RelationsMy father was murdered when I was a child. Then I found out my uncle may have been the killer.
Sleeping on the JobPrudie counsels a woman who wonders if having sex with the boss long ago taints her current success.
Love After DeathPrudie advises a recent widow who found her husband’s diary full of yearning for an old girlfriend.
Clean BreakPrudie advises a woman worried that her brother being the office janitor might hurt her career.
To B-Cup or Not to B-CupMy college-bound daughter is ashamed of her small breasts. Should I offer to pay for a boob job?
Sex EdPrudie counsels a letter writer whose sister slept with her teacher in high school—then married him.
Smooth or Chunky?Prudie advises a woman alarmed that her son had a dog lick peanut butter off his chest.
Going, Going, GonePrudie advises a woman who wants to leave her family for the man she loves—and who just had a stroke.
He Said/She SaidPrudie advises a letter writer not sure how to converse with a male neighbor whenever he dresses as a woman.
Stroke of MidnightPrudie advises a letter writer whose wife not only precludes sex if it gets too late—she takes care of herself instead.
A Village of OnePrudie counsels a letter writer committed to raising a deceased friend’s kids despite the challenges.
Fake Food AllergiesPrudie advises a woman whose mother-in-law pretends to be allergic to nearly everything.
Bottled UpPrudie counsels a woman whose sex drive has been killed by breast-feeding. Should she have sex anyway?
Bear NecessitiesPrudie advises a letter writer whose boyfriend still has a collection of stuffed animals.
Color BindPrudie counsels a black woman who can’t connect with her white boyfriend on matters of race.
The ComebackPrudie counsels a letter writer who broke up with a fiancé six years ago—and now wants him back.