Prudence is joined by award-winning Bay Area writer Charlie Jane Anders to give award-winning advice. First: My sister says she suffered abuse when we were younger, but I don’t remember. Then, some parental problems: My parents are controlling all my life decisions; I keep chickening out from telling my mom I’m moving away with my partner; and my mom forced me to get an abortion when I was young, and I’m still traumatized. Plus, an etiquette lesson: I don’t want to call people sir or ma’am anymore, but everyone in my community will think I’m rude.
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