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I'm PRETTY sure I'm gay. Help me be okay with it.

I've always known I was a little different. I have trouble remembering things from my relatively normal childhood, so it took until high school to connect the few dots I had, but after I did that, I relished in the attraction I felt for certain other men. It was exciting and made me feel as though I was part of a community with a common story. I grew up with conservative parents who I haven't been able to tell but who I suspect have an inkling, given the things they found left open on my teenage computer and my shy, sensitive nature. I was fine with not making it a part of my identity and limited its sphere of influence to my taste in porn and online friendships. I never felt the need for a relationship- with women or men- but I enjoyed the way validation from "manly" men made me feel both emotionally and physically. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jun 26, 2014 - 29 answers

How to stop needing my parents' approval?

I am trying to become more emotionally independent from my parents. I had a very traumatic experience with them many years ago, and I don't know how to resolve the lingering insecurity. Due to the nature of the trauma, I've had a lot of trouble using therapy to resolve this issue. What can I do to stop craving their approval? [more inside]
posted by elasticExplosive on May 29, 2014 - 14 answers

What was the name of this fantasy novel from my childhood?

I am searching for the name of a fantasy novel from childhood, which has been calling to me lately in a way that may greatly inform my artwork. It has been fruitless to google, as I can only remember certain clues about its plotline and cover illustration. Help me, metafilter! The internet is great but some quandaries need humans. (Read extended explanation for the clues) [more inside]
posted by kaspen on Apr 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Help name blog by adult toy store employee

Help name that blog: adult toy store clerk edition. [more inside]
posted by diamondsky on Apr 14, 2014 - 35 answers

Who are the most enthusiastic adult film performers today?

Who are the most enthusiastic adult film performers today? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2014 - 4 answers

course planning classes?

I am looking for online classes about adult education course planning. I have been training groups in fundraising for a while and want to get more professional about it. Bonus if the courses are interactive.
posted by parmanparman on Mar 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Young Adult Detective Bookfilter

Need help identifying a book from childhood. [more inside]
posted by Ham Snadwich on Feb 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Googling "weird camel thing" surprisingly proved fruitless

I am trying to remember the name of a fantasy book I read around 1990 or so. It was written for pre-teens/young adults, took place on another planet, involved a longish journey on some sort of camel-esque creature and the development of a relationship between a trainee warrior-type and some sort of novitiate. Any ideas as to what this book could be? [more inside]
posted by HonoriaGlossop on Feb 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Dr. Windykites- realistic goal or foolish pipe dream?

I want to become a Doctor. With my history and circumstances, is this a realistic goal or just a daydream? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Dec 29, 2013 - 13 answers

Why is my boyfriend's behavior so inconsistent?

Do other people see this as normal, or am I clueless because I've never had children? [more inside]
posted by femmefatale123 on Dec 26, 2013 - 26 answers

Non-sports competitions for adults

I'm most productive when I'm being competitive and there's outside pressure. I'd like to find some competitions or groups to give me this opportunity. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Nov 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Selective Service Indeed

Guys singled out to the exclusion of girls. Why? [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Sep 29, 2013 - 19 answers

how to stop spammers from hijacking your backlinks

I was reviewing my link profile and found out that I had links from shady websites I have never requested links from. they apparently link from a page but when you click on it, you get redirected to a porn site. my question is how can they achieve that? second how do you stop it or prevent it from happening. here are some of the examples: [more inside]
posted by souleye on Sep 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Name some paranormal young adult fiction cliches so I can avoid doing it

Please name some Paranormal Young Adult fiction tropes and cliches (obvious or obscure) so I can avoid doing them myself in the book I am writing. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Sully on Aug 22, 2013 - 21 answers

Advice Needed! Should I quit on this swim instructor?

I'm an adult learning to swim for the first time at the YMCA. I've only had 1 lesson so far and the instructor seemed encouraging. However, he did not address my fear of water and did not take the time to help me become comfortable with the water (submerging my face in the water, etc.). On the first day, he showed me how to kick while sitting on the pool edge, how to float on my back, how to kick using kickboard, and then he moved on to telling me to put my hands up in a torpedo position, face in the water, then glide forward while kicking. He was on the other side to catch me. I sunk every single attempt and he kept telling me to try again. I was so terrified that I don't want to come back to next class. Since then, I've been coming to the pool and practicing on my own. I feel like I'm more comfortable than the first day but I'm still afraid to come back for the next lesson this Saturday. This is the first instructor I've ever had so I'm not sure how to judge how he's doing. Do you think I should quit and get another one? The staff members at the Y that I've talked to told me that he's a good instructor but can be a very demanding. Please give me your advice! Thank you!
posted by missybitsy on Aug 8, 2013 - 50 answers

Movin' on up - What do I need to know?

I'm about to go through some serious life changes (first "real" job, first time living alone, etc.) and could use some advice seeing as I don't really feel like an adult... [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Aug 2, 2013 - 22 answers

How do I become a mature, professional adult?

I am a woman in my late 20s. Lately I've been feeling like all of the adults I know are more mature and adult-like in the way they hold themselves and behave than I am. I don't know how to get that or be more like that. What am I doing wrong? What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2013 - 20 answers

I need to read some grown-up books. With unicorns, preferably.

After spending several years reading largely YA, I'd like to read some grown-up secondary world fantasy novels. Persnickety tastes below the fold. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Apr 30, 2013 - 58 answers

Should I continue being friends with this person? Warning:I ramble...

I am wondering if I should continue a friendship with a woman I met on our old job almost 20 years ago. Some background: we're both in our 40's, married, and have children. We live in different cities, my family moved from our hometown 14 years ago. I work outside the home, she is a sahm since she had her first child. We have corresponded mostly by e-mail, facebook, text message over the years. When we both worked we would literally "talk" via e-mail the entire day. We have been there for each other through some really serious stuff, i.e. marital problems, deaths, pregnancies, illnesses. [more inside]
posted by getyourlife on Apr 27, 2013 - 21 answers

Book recommendation for a 13-year-old girl?

For her bat mitzvah, I would like to give my niece a book that is age appropriate but will also have lasting value. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Apr 8, 2013 - 30 answers

What's the point of getting fit if I can't go out and injure myself?

I've recently finally gotten really fit and in shape, after spending most of my 27 years...not doing that. I've been looking for something local and athletic to do, both for fun and for fitness, but since I haven't played sports since I was 12 or so, my skills are lacking. However, all the local instruction is oriented towards youth, so I turn to you folk for aid. How can an sports newb adult learn how to play? [more inside]
posted by Punkey on Mar 20, 2013 - 25 answers

Online Sex Toys

Simply put, if one goes shopping for such things in traditional shops, it's shocking the markup %. Does the hive have any recommendations for sites with broad variety and competitive pricing?
posted by ecollie on Mar 14, 2013 - 11 answers

How to arrange family vacation with adult siblings but without parents?

My sister (married, one child) and I (married, no kids) want to plan a joint family vacation. We do not want our parents (divorced, both remarried) to come. Our mom is extremely sensitive/dramatic, and we are hoping to avoid a major meltdown from her. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2013 - 16 answers

Where can i submit adult articles?

I have an adult website so I can't submit articles to normal article directories and get a link back for SEO. Is there a list of adult article directories where I can submit articles or even short stories and include a link in the article or bio?
posted by Bacillus on Jan 15, 2013 - 1 answer

Quirky gifts for cheap-ish

Interesting gifts for my family - give me some inexpensive gift ideas for weird, funny, creative, or out of the ordinary gifts. Bonus if I can order them online and get them on time for Xmas, still. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Dec 18, 2012 - 18 answers

What are things to get a college grad

What are presents/things I don't know I want? [more inside]
posted by raeka on Oct 31, 2012 - 20 answers

Seeking the best stories, across all genres, about coming to terms with the world in the early adult years.

What are the best stories that feature young adults coming of age/coming to terms with life's imperfect realities? By "young adults" I mean "adults who are young," probably roughly 19-30, not "young people who are becoming adults." This maturing process can be central to the work or peripheral. One example: "The Great Gatsby." Short stories, novels, nonfiction, film, television and any other genre are all welcome.
posted by croutonsupafreak on Oct 30, 2012 - 29 answers

No elbow macaroni please...

Seeking your ideas for free or inexpensive crafts for adults that can be completed within 2-3 hours with very little instruction required. Striving for a fun process and a pleasing end product. No worthless, ugly or junky, please. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Oct 24, 2012 - 34 answers

How to learn to ride a bike as an adult

Four-year-olds can do it. Grannies can do it. My mom can do it. I could do it myself thirty years ago, but it isn't true that you never forget. How can I re-learn to ride a bike? [more inside]
posted by Daily Alice on Oct 14, 2012 - 36 answers

How to deal with a boyfriend who is "needy"?

How do I help my boyfriend, who I think has adult separation anxiety disorder? How do I deal with his neediness without feeling unhappy or guilty? [more inside]
posted by DianaV on Oct 5, 2012 - 20 answers

What's it like to be an adult swimming beginner?

Adult swimming beginners: what motivated you to learn how to swim? What techniques did you find useful in swimming lessons and what things made you uncomfortable? [more inside]
posted by lazy robot on Oct 3, 2012 - 13 answers

Trying to find a resource for an adult who wants to beef up their computer skills

Browser say what? Trying to find some learning material (online or books) for a 35 yo adult. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Sep 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Girl, you're a woman ALREADY so stop lazing around!

Help me be a grown-up. I am turning 25 soon, and I'm beginning to realize that I don't really enjoy living like an irresponsible kid anymore! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Aug 29, 2012 - 37 answers

Need quality driving lessons in Toronto.

Where's a good place for an adult to take driving lessons in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch on Aug 22, 2012 - 5 answers

I'm the cool aunt, I'd better make this pretty damn funny since we vetoed the hookers and blow idea

Help me come up with a loooong list of newly-available opportunities conferred upon one's 18th birthday in the US beyond the obvious biggies. My niece is celebrating her 18th birthday with me, wants to take advantage of her new adult status, and I want to present her with a ludicrously long and goofy list of "celebratory options." [more inside]
posted by desuetude on Aug 4, 2012 - 21 answers

How do I find an adult psychologist in Boston or Manhattan available on short notice?

Help find a Boston or Manhattan psychiatrist who takes 1199 insurance and can see a new patient soon. My dear friend is in serious distress. [more inside]
posted by jcrcarter on Jul 20, 2012 - 4 answers

How can I learn to not feel anxious when I've only gone one day without seeing my new partner?

What can I do to cope with relationship (adult) separation anxiety/missing someone strongly? It happens after just one day without seeing my partner. I don't want to get clingy or go through so much ickiness so I need some coping ideas! [more inside]
posted by hungry hippo on Jun 13, 2012 - 11 answers

I can't ADD

Am I fine? Is the doc a quack? Is this part of the process? Adult ADD content [more inside]
posted by el_yucateco on May 31, 2012 - 37 answers

Someone processes adult sales. Who are they?

I need names of United States banks that offer merchant accounts for adult web businesses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Adult sized pacifiers

I want to find a/some adult pacifiers. Except, I want them relatively inexpensive. Google-fu failing! [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Apr 21, 2012 - 3 answers

How do I communicate better with my dad?

I need some advice on how to communicate better with my dad and hopefully improve our relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2012 - 11 answers

My moms want me to devote my life to writing. I'm 30 and want to explore life. How do I get them off my back?

My moms want me to devote my life to writing. I'm 30 and want to explore life. How do I get them off my back? [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl on Apr 6, 2012 - 31 answers

What are some tips for keeping friendships as an adult?

How do I become even better friends with my friends? [more inside]
posted by flowers103 on Apr 1, 2012 - 14 answers

How to enter the dating scene gracefully, in your twenties.

In my mid-20s. Am just now really getting into the dating scene. Help me figure out how not to deal with this like a teenager. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I stop acting like an ACOA?

I'm an adult child of alcoholics, and I've just recently come to realize I actually do exhibit many of the classic behaviors of one. Now that I have that figured out, how do I retrain myself to NOT do those things? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Mar 2, 2012 - 43 answers

Sex toy disposal

What do you do with sex toys that you no longer want? [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 on Feb 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Looking for Young Adult Science Fiction Trilogy

Trying to find a Young Adult Fantasy Trilogy--Can't Remember the Name [more inside]
posted by Eyeveex on Feb 21, 2012 - 22 answers

How to accept or help a SO with adult ADD?

The guy I am dating has unusual tendencies, is this a part of his ADD? Or his quirkiness? How should I approach the subject? [more inside]
posted by Chelsaroo650 on Feb 13, 2012 - 75 answers

She never went to school in the States..

Can someone who didn't study in the US get their GED here? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Feb 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Memory Palace of Doom?

Memory Palace of Doom? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Jan 10, 2012 - 6 answers

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