ISSUE #10 Q & A
In every issue of FAZE MAGAZINE,
our readers bare their souls to
Ed & Red, Canada's high priest and priestess of morality, etiquette and, especially, common sense.
Here are Ed & Red's unfettered and heartfelt replies.
Send your own questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and hopefully Ed & Red will be able to answer you in an upcoming issue of FAZE.
My boyfriend wants me to dress like a hottie from a Nelly video when we go out. I’m not comfortable in
that kinda stuff but I don’t want to lose him. What should I do?
Is he going to wear that stupid band-aid on his cheek
when he’s with you? Any decent boyfriend won’t pressure
you to do anything you’re not comfortable with.
That applies to pushing you to parade around in
clothes you don’t like just so he can boost his ego. He’s
overcompensating for his tiny self-esteem...or another
tiny thing he has.
My friend always waits until the last minute to firm up
plans with me. I know she’s waiting to see if any better
offers come along. She’s really cool and I like hanging
out with her but I’m tired of being the back-up
plan. What should I do?
Simple – don’t be. If she can’t commit, find someone
who will. This applies to boys too, by the way.
My friend likes to copy someone else’s look. Right now
she’s into Avril Lavigne and wears a tie everyday.
What should I do to get her to be herself?
Lots of young people help find themselves through
identifying with other people. It’s kind of natural. She’ll
eventually find what really expresses who she is, but
until then, make sure you take lots of pictures to
embarrass her with when you’re older. Ask any adult
who was a fan of A Flock of Seagulls or Duran Duran
for their high school photos – you’ll
see what I mean.
I have this teacher who goes out of
her way to make me look like an
idiot. If I get a question wrong in
class she always has a stupid comment
ready, like that chick from The
Weakest Link. What should I do?
In short, report her to the principal.
Teachers are supposed to be encouraging
you, not demeaning you. Ask
others in class if they notice the
teacher treating you badly. If so, document
it and go to her. If that doesn’t
work, get your parents and go to
the principal. Most teachers are
good people but, like any profession,
there are some real jerks mixed
in. Plus – work hard to get good
grades. Success is the best revenge.
My girlfriend's birthday is coming up and I don't have a lot of cash to spend on her. Any suggestions?
Why should money matter? If she's understanding, she'll know your financial means and be happy with any sincere gesture or tiny gift you offer. If she's not understanding, quit wasting your time and what little money you have on the brat.
I'm overweight and I know it, but I still choose to wear tight, sexy clothes anyways. My friend said she "just had to tell me" that I don't look good in them. I feel great wearing my stuff and think I look great in them. What should I do?
It takes a really good friend to tell you truths you don't want to hear. The thing about clothes is, there is no such thing as 'sexy clothes'. I've seen women in lingerie that look terrible, and some women who can make a burlap sack look alluring. Clothes are sexy when they flatter you, and emphasize your good points. You need to find clothing that accentuates your positive attributes rather than drawing attention to less flattering areas. Not all clothing is made for every body type. Plus, you should work on your weight. Not for aesthetic reasons, but for health reasons.
I'm in love with my Internet mystery guy! He's sweet, funny, smart and we have tons in common. He wants to meet me at the mall. I really want to see what he looks like but what if he's ugly? How will I get rid of him?
Here’s a better question – what do you do when you find out he’s 40? People on the Internet aren’t always what they seem…in fact, rarely are. A real relationship is built on a human dynamic, not by punching keys on a keyboard. Regardless of what you may think you have in common, how people write and how they act are often two different things. Go out and meet real human beings, and save the net for schoolwork, music or games.
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