Fed-up girlfriend

Dear Queenie,

  There’s this man who is my best friend but my parents don’t approve of him because of the way he looks and dresses.

  Queenie, I will go on seeing him no matter what they say, but how can I get them to stop putting him down?—Fed-up girlfriend  

Dear Girlfriend,

  If you are grown up and living on your own you have the right to choose your (boy)friends. Given time, your parents may learn to appreciate what kind of a man your friend is regardless of how he looks and dresses. Meanwhile, arguing with them about him will not do you any good, so try to avoid doing so.