But before I open the girl-power spigot, I wanna get two things off my chest. First, Ratzinger? Ratzinger! Jesus fucking Christ. Ratzinger. Second, someone has to tell Alex Smith, the National Football League's new star quarterback, to stop plucking his damn eyebrows. You look like a drag queen, Alex, not a football hero. It's one thing for a straight guy to shave his chest, go pubeless or shave a unibrow in two. But sculpting your eyebrows into delicate little arches is so faggy that even faggy fags like me think you look like a fag. Knock it off.
OK, on to the female empowerment...
Here's a pearl of wisdom I wish someone had shared with me: Just because a guy wants to fuck you doesn't necessarily mean he likes you. Sounds painfully obvious, doesn't it? I was in my 20s before I finally figured it out.
-- Now I Know
It's amazing how quickly a condom appears when you make it quite clear it ain't going in there without one.
-- Stand Firm
Your "no death grip" advice for 15-year-old boys is right on, but the same goes for girls. Too much, too hard, too monotonous masturbation is bad, bad, bad. If a girl is fortunate enough to have a vibrator, she should not constantly use in on a jackhammer speed in one place. Vibrators and fingers don't feel like tongues, dicks or other toys. Variety. I can't say it enough.
All "girls" have to do to "get guys" is make a half-assed effort to take care of themselves physically, and the pigs will come to slop!
-- Common Sense
My advice for the 15-year-old girl:
1. You don't need a guy to have an orgasm. Get a vibrator and use it.
2. Any sexual encounter should be entered into joyfully and without duress. No coercion.
3. Do what you love, and you will find someone who loves the same thing. Don't look for love, beg for love or suffer for love. Just live.
4. If you have to get drunk to have fun, it's not fun.
5. Giggling and self-conscious simpering do not make people think you're in college.
I wish I'd known when I was 15 that dating older men does not mean you're hot shit -- it means you're dating a dude who can't get women his own age and that those women are avoiding him for good reasons.
-- Karen L.
The outgoing, macho-acting, good-looking guys you're attracted to will treat you like crap. The quiet, nerdy, smart and bookish guys you're not attracted to will treat you like gold. But you might have to seek and draw them out, as they're usually shy.
I wish I knew when I was 15 that I was a lesbian. I had a lot of sloppy guy kisses/fucks before I realized there was a reason I never enjoyed them. My suggestion to GAL is to not rule out the possibility that she might one day turn out gay like I did. Besides, most 15-year-old boys don't know what a clit is anyway.
-- Amy W.
What do I know now that I wish I knew then? I realized that guys are easy. Incredibly, excessively, tremendously easy. Don't be coy, don't drop hints -- they can barely handle that when they're adults, let alone teenagers. Go up and ask him out. Simple as that. Really.
Masturbate frequently, make out occasionally, read lots of books and work on being funny, intelligent and confident. Concentrating on being a well-rounded girl who knows where she's going and what she wants out of life, GAL, will ensure that as a grown woman you have your pick of the highest quality men. Also keep in mind that nice nerdy boys are usually far better lovers than jocks or bad-boy types.
I'm 23, and I wish I had known this simple truism eight years ago: Sometimes men lie. Even if you two are in love, even if he truly understands you, even if you tell him all your secrets, sometimes he'll lie. So do sensible things like putting off sex for a while or making really sure to use protection if you do have sex. Also, GAL, if you don't understand him, it's probably not a good sign, even if it makes him seem mysterious and interesting. At least consider that instead of interesting he's just confused or messed up.
-- A Bit Older
I was pregnant when I was 15. It sucked, so my best advice to a young woman would be: masturbate often! No one tells teenage girls that they have the ability to get themselves off better than any boy could. Learn about your body, find your clitoris and experiment! I think a lot of teenage-girl angst could be bypassed if all parents bought their daughters a vibrator for their 13th birthday. I know my girl is getting one.
-- The Baroness
Don't be a cock tease. It's not funny to do this to people you're with -- it's mean. Stop any intimate experience that's moving toward sex if you have no intention of having sex.
I'm a 21-year-old female and I wanted to write in to give advice to younger girls. When I was 15 I never had problems getting guys, but I had problems keeping them, and I was clueless. When I look back I realize my problem was this: I was crazy. Don't make my mistake, girls. Don't be crazy. Don't get so hung up on someone just because you think you are "in love." When you're that young and hormonal, everything seems like "in love," at least to girls. I would have had a much better time if only I hadn't been so clingy and moony.
-- Older and Wiser
You've given out advice to young guys seeking girls, and young girls seeking guys. I was just wondering if you might have some advice for a 15-year-old guy seeking guys?
-- Young Gay Boy
Forget about how a teenage boy can get girls. How about some advice for s 15-year-old girl on getting girls? It's so difficult to meet lesbians or bisexuals at this age, let alone start a relationship. If you have any advice, I would be so grateful.
-- Lonely Young Lesbian
After running columns packed with advice for 15-year-old straight boys and 15-year-old straight girls, how can I say no to dedicating a couple of columns to 15-year-old queers? Adult gays and lesbians: What do you know now that you wish you had known at 15? Send it to me and I'll pass it along to all those teen queers.