Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Dear Abby - You're a Hack

I read "Dear Abby" everyday, mostly to feel good about my life and the happiness I have enjoyed. I have noticed a pattern forming in all of her columns. Her standard advice is: talk to a trusted teacher or clergyman.

All wrong. Most of these people turn to a newspaper column for advice because they can't or don't know a trusted individual that they can turn to for help. And some of these stories are pretty sad. Like today's, a young girl is being sexual harassed and possibly photographed by her stepfather. And Abby only goes to say she needs to talk to a teacher.

Yeah, and the cops, this guy is a freak and is probably abusing her baby sister too because she can't fight back. This world is a fucked up place and Abby is completely out of touch. What these poor individuals need to do, as a rule, is call the cops and the hospital and find out the services they can get after experiencing some of the stuff I have read about in that column.

And stop writing Abby, that's just encouraging her.


At 11:44 AM , Anonymous Myrddraal said...

In defense of dear old Abbey, she has most certainly been at this a long, long time. She is likely at an age where examining faith and the potential peril of one's soul may be a priority. Perhaps she is just trying to rack up some 'god points'
It is of course also possible that she is simply a very shrewd self promoter. Let's be honest, these days the teachers and clergy are hardly amassing a reputation for chastity, purity, or even good judgment when it comes to working with children. Perhaps Abbey just wants to keep the pipeline full.

At 1:12 PM , Blogger HelloBettyLou said...

Dear Abby is written by Abby's daughter, not the original Abby. She should know better.

At 2:18 PM , Blogger chinchilla said...

I guess she's not as wise as my hero - dr laura ; )


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