DEAR ABBY: I don't want to make my friend "Ryan" mad, but he does something that makes me feel weird. When we go to the mall to hang out, he always wants to go to the big stores. You know those dummies on display wearing clothes? Well, Ryan likes to feel them up! He thinks it's cool to go up to a female dummy and feel her breasts.
When he does it, he giggles. People stare and I have to leave. I told Ryan I don't like it. He says, "Whatever ..."
Ryan is my best friend. Is what he does natural for a 13-year-old? I like looking at real girls on the beach. He says that's boring, and he'd rather feel up the store dummies. What's up with that? What should I do? -- BILLY IN GALVESTON
DEAR BILLY: Your friend is very immature. He is both attracted to girls and afraid of rejection. That is why he is acting out with department store mannequins who cannot tell him, "Stop that, you fool. Get away from me!"
You are right to leave when he creates a scene like that. You don't want other people to get the idea that you get your kicks that way, too, do you?