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(Slate)   Dear Prudie, My 30 year old son wants to leave home to live with his longtime girlfriend, taking his share of the mortgage with him. How do I get her to leave my meal ticket alone?   (slate.com) divider line
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2021-06-05 12:32:26 PM  
Have sex with his dad?
 
2021-06-05 12:36:12 PM  
I feel like every single advice columnist should start off with a "This is so fakety fake, but WTF let's play anyway."
 
7 days ago  

Ker_Thwap: I feel like every single advice columnist should start off with a "This is so fakety fake, but WTF let's play anyway."


That or "have you considered that you're a terrible and selfish person?  Maybe think of others first and then write back in"

It's like the AITA's on Reddit.  Half are "I abuse this person in my life regularly, but someone pointed out I'm an asshole" and the other half are "I've been abused by this person/group of people my whole life, recently I stood up for myself and they're calling me an asshole"
 
6 days ago  

Ker_Thwap: I feel like every single advice columnist should start off with a "This is so fakety fake, but WTF let's play anyway."


That's what she did.
 
6 days ago  
Consult Reilly Reid?
 
6 days ago  

ShavedOrangutan: Ker_Thwap: I feel like every single advice columnist should start off with a "This is so fakety fake, but WTF let's play anyway."

That or "have you considered that you're a terrible and selfish person?  Maybe think of others first and then write back in"


It's rage bait. People engage with it because the writer is an amplified, unapologetic, caricaturized version of the types of asshole they already hate, and get to feel vindicated by condemning them.

And oh, sure, Prudie lampshades the "fake letter" trope by responding with "Is this real?" and "Because how could someone type this out, read it over, and not realize they were the bad guy?" but still goes ahead with the condemnation, because ultimately this genre requires a certain suspension of disbelief to get the emotional payoff, and it's letters like these that are the bread and butter of the "Dear Prudence" column.

Don't get me wrong, this isn't a condemnation; I'm just saying that it's a type of social ritual where people play a part and don't want to analyze it too deeply, like baseball or porn or sitcoms. It can be mostly fine as long as you don't confuse it with reality, recognize the boundaries of the ritual you're participating in, and wash your hands when you're done.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go write a letter to Prudence about how my agnostic son is getting married, that this is probably the last family event my dying and devoutly Catholic mother will attend, and that I think he's being terribly selfish, disrespectful, and hurtful but not having a Catholic wedding like his grandmother would have wanted. How can I convince him to change his wedding plans? It's fine if he doesn't believe, but does he really have be so cruel as to not play along for his family's sake?
 
6 days ago  

Martian_Astronomer: and hurtful but that he's not having a Catholic wedding like his grandmother would have wanted


FTFM.
 
6 days ago  
Damnit Prudie, the answer is buttstuff, potentially with his dad!
 
6 days ago  
Martian_Astronomer:

It's rage bait. People engage with it because the writer is an amplified, unapologetic, caricaturized version of the types of asshole they already hate, and get to feel vindicated by condemning them.


/so it's like Fark.
 
6 days ago  

Martian_Astronomer: ShavedOrangutan: Ker_Thwap: I feel like every single advice columnist should start off with a "This is so fakety fake, but WTF let's play anyway."

That or "have you considered that you're a terrible and selfish person?  Maybe think of others first and then write back in"

It's rage bait. People engage with it because the writer is an amplified, unapologetic, caricaturized version of the types of asshole they already hate, and get to feel vindicated by condemning them.

And oh, sure, Prudie lampshades the "fake letter" trope by responding with "Is this real?" and "Because how could someone type this out, read it over, and not realize they were the bad guy?" but still goes ahead with the condemnation, because ultimately this genre requires a certain suspension of disbelief to get the emotional payoff, and it's letters like these that are the bread and butter of the "Dear Prudence" column.

Don't get me wrong, this isn't a condemnation; I'm just saying that it's a type of social ritual where people play a part and don't want to analyze it too deeply, like baseball or porn or sitcoms. It can be mostly fine as long as you don't confuse it with reality, recognize the boundaries of the ritual you're participating in, and wash your hands when you're done.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go write a letter to Prudence about how my agnostic son is getting married, that this is probably the last family event my dying and devoutly Catholic mother will attend, and that I think he's being terribly selfish, disrespectful, and hurtful but not having a Catholic wedding like his grandmother would have wanted. How can I convince him to change his wedding plans? It's fine if he doesn't believe, but does he really have be so cruel as to not play along for his family's sake?


I'm still wondering how baseball is as fake as sitcoms or porn.
 
6 days ago  

Fara Clark: /so it's like Fark.


There's some overlap, which is why I'm not pretending I'm better than that.

Fireproof: I'm still wondering how baseball is as fake as sitcoms or porn.


Not "fake" so much as "an elaborate tradition full of rules and tropes that are kind of silly but nonetheless part of what people like about them."
 
6 days ago  

Martian_Astronomer: Fara Clark: /so it's like Fark.

There's some overlap, which is why I'm not pretending I'm better than that.

Fireproof: I'm still wondering how baseball is as fake as sitcoms or porn.

Not "fake" so much as "an elaborate tradition full of rules and tropes that are kind of silly but nonetheless part of what people like about them."


When will Calvinball become an Olympic sport?
 
6 days ago  
How about an exact opposite scenario from my life? I'm tipsy and want to rant.

My brother married an absolute shrew of a woman because he was finally getting laid on the reg. She lacked any social etiquette and my parents treated her very kindly because my brother finally seemed happy and they didn't want to rock the boat. I argued with my parents about it constantly. They said she had a terrible upbringing so they wanted to teach her good socialization by example. I said they were only reinforcing her behaviors as acceptable by not objecting and saying something.

They got married, even after his friends and I held an intervention to try to get him to call it off. 2 years later he found out she was banging another guy. They split. 2 years later they got back together. My parents STILL treated her like family.  My brother broke it off 5 years after that for good.  My parents still call her regularly, pay for her to take extension school courses, buy her birthday and Christmas gifts... it's crazy. They say they feel bad because she has no one. THERE'S A REASON FOR THAT. She's a terrible human being.
 
6 days ago  
Seduce the girlfriend. She moves in and you kick your son out.
 
6 days ago  
That letter was awful.  The second one was much better.  The advice was awful, but the letter was interesting.
 
6 days ago  
Join the French Foreign Legion.
 
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