Dear Prudence

Dear Prudence: The “Always an Excuse” Edition

My boyfriend of three years has no respect for my time or my schedule. Is this grounds for breaking up? Help!

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Prudence is joined this week by author and activist Ebony Adams. Adams is a co-host of the podcast Feminist Frequency Radio. She is also the co-author of the recently published History vs Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don’t Want You to Know.

Together, they dig into letters about how to handle a missed anniversary by your perpetually tardy boyfriend, what to consider about allowing your teenage daughter’s boyfriend to move in, how to handle a stepdad who raised you but now doesn’t want to know you, how to talk to parents who you know will be disappointed with your “coming out” conversation, and what to do about your boyfriend’s newfound group of young and attractive admirers.

Slate Plus members will hear Prudie and Adams tackle letters about what to do you when your husband’s sleep schedule doesn’t allow for “sexy time” and how to handle a professor who keeps triggering you by suggesting exercise.

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The full Dear Prudence podcast is available exclusively to Slate Plus members. Access all of Prudie’s podcasts and columns here.

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Production by Phil Surkis.