Dear Prudence

The “Forced Contraception” Edition

My developmentally delayed teenager is suddenly really interested in sex. Should I put her on birth control? Help!

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Episode Notes

Prudence is joined this week by Alexis Coe, a historian and the New York Times–bestselling author of You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington. She was a producer on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Washington series on the History Channel, and is also a producer on the film adaptation of her first book, Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis.

Prudie and Coe dig into letters about what to consider when your developmentally delayed daughter now shows interest in sex, whether you should let your girlfriend’s child know that their mom is a survivor of sexual abuse, what to do when your 35-year-old best friend is having an inappropriate friendship with a 17-year-old, and how to be a support to your partner when you feel you have no bandwidth to be supportive.

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Whether it’s a challenge with a lover, a fight with a difficult roommate or boss, or you just like to hear about the challenges other people face, Dear Prudence is the podcast for you. Every week, Prudie and special guests answer questions about relationships, sex, work, family, and life.

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