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I feel lost and embarrassed as all my friends look muscular and have beards and I'm called a girl!

Question : I’m a 15 year old guy and my problem is that I don’t feel like a man… all my friends look super buff and muscular, and their beards are growing and voices have cracked. But none of this has happened with me. It’s so embarrassing and makes me angry when my friends mock me and call me a girl. I’ve noticed that I’ve started taking it out on my mom and snapping at her even though I know it’s not fair. I feel lost! Teentalker , 15-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

Ah, the joys of being a teen! You’re not a boy, and not yet a man – everything you’re describing is a natural outcome of this in-between phase: waiting for your beard to grow, your voice to crack, your biceps to develop. Even the increased irritability with your mother and sensitivity to your friends’ teasing! I know it’s so frustrating because all of these changes are totally out of your control! And there’s no point in me telling you that puberty is a phase and before you know it you’ll be a man (possibly feeling nosta.....

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