Dear Annie: I am a 17-year-old junior in high school and get invited to various parties. One girl, "Sarah," likes to show R-rated, unrated or uncut movies.
Annie, I am extremely uncomfortable watching the content of these movies and have told Sarah.
I have no qualms about leaving the room when they're playing. She finds nothing wrong with these films and says she's doing me a favor by making me watch them.
Annie, the synopses of some of these films make me physically ill.
I now avoid Sarah's parties (and sometimes Sarah) so I won't be pressured.
I refuse to lower my standards, but I am tired of Sarah jumping down my throat about it.
Is there anything I can do to get her to respect my choices?
- Need Suggestions
Dear Need: Every crowd has one person who enjoys tormenting those who are easily flustered.
Just because you are old enough to watch R-rated films doesn't mean you have to. Instead of becoming upset with Sarah's shenanigans, try being completely bored.
Sigh and say, "Thanks for your interest in my education." Smile. Walk away.
She'll tire of it eventually.