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Living in Sin: The Fixer-Upper

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Jen Sincero is a musician, sexpert, and the author of the bestselling book, The Straight Girl’s Guide To Sleeping With Chicks and the semi-autobiographical novel, Don’t Sleep With Your Drummer. She currently hosts a weekly sex talk radio show called Dr. Happypants on

Living in Sin is her weekly advice column for LA's sexually curious, confused and constipated. Got a question for Jen? Ask her. We promise to be discreet (all questions will be posted anonymously).

Dear Jen,
Maybe you can help me on the dueling perspectives of staying with someone you love for who they are (even though they don't have job or major aspirations), or ditching them in hopes of finding someone who shares your progressive ideas, doesn't smoke a pack and a half a day, and doesn't try to cheat the welfare system.

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Your thoughts on that?

P.S. He takes care of his whole family, including a handicapped nephew, which leaves little time for a job. I know, I know, excuses.

As someone who has dated the homeless, the drug addicted, and a guy who gave me nothing but crabs for my birthday (no card even!), I have no patience left for fixer uppers. I realize this isn't about me and my issues, but I figured you could learn from my skid row of experiences.

We choose the things in this life that we think we deserve, whether we do it consciously or subconsciously. When I was spending romantic evenings in the conjugal visit trailer, for example, one could safely say I was suffering from a severe bout of the low self esteems. Which is what I'm going to attribute your present situation to. If you were living up to your full potential, being the super goddess that you landed on this earth to be, loved yourself, knew what a catch you were - don't you think you'd choose to be with someone who isn't going to be breathing through a hole in his neck someday? I don't doubt that he's a great guy (my little crack addict wrote me the sweetest poems), but there are great guys out there who can challenge and inspire you, take care of themselves and their loved ones, and reach for goals farther away than the remote.

It sounds to me like one of the only things you two have in common is that you both love to play doctor: he takes care of his family, you (and the federal government) take care of him. This is a very lovely and noble trait indeed, but when you do it at your own expense, it reeks of disfunction and denial. You know when you're on an airplane and the stewardess does that little demonstration with the oxygen mask that drops down from the ceiling? She always tells you to put yours on first before helping out the person or child next to you with theirs. And so it is in life. You will be much more valuable to everyone involved if you're coming from a healthy place.

Let me put it this way: if you saw one of your heroes with someone like him, wouldn't you wonder what the hell she was doing? It's time to be your own hero. Get rid of him and find someone you deserve.

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