Dear Prudence

Dear Prudence: The “Couch Sleepers Anonymous” Edition

I hate hosting out-of-town guests. My husband thinks I’m rude. Help!

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Prudence is joined this week by Laneia Jones, the executive editor of Autostraddle, an independently run online community for queer women and nonbinary people.

Together, they tackle letters about what to do with a mother-in-law who demands that you disinvite her gay daughter to your wedding, how to handle racist neighbors who might take issue with your house-sitting guests, whether you should tell your husband that you can’t take any more unplanned house guests, how to explain to dates that your cousin is raising your child with your ex-girlfriend, what actions to take when you accidentally lose your paycheck, and how to decide if you should accept a dream job, even though it may not pay enough.

Slate Plus members will hear Prudie and Jones discuss a letter writer who’s wondering if she should end a friendship with a couple who revealed interest in exploring a polyamorous relationship.

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.