Hands down, the best thing about working at The Frisky is our amazing readers. We so heart all of your witty, thoughtful, and informative comments — heck, we even appreciate the mean ones. Sometimes, we can’t help but wonder about the faces behind the avatars. So we decided to bring back our regular column where we learn all about a Frisky reader. After the jump, meet Jen!
(And if you’re interested in being featured as a Reader Revealed, shoot me an email with “Reader Revealed” in the subject line!)
Please state your name or avatar, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
Jen, 32, and Burlington, NC
How did you find the site?
I found an article on Stumbleupon, and once I looked around TheFrisky.com I believe it was love at first reading.
What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
I coach college volleyball which I love because it allows me to mentor young women.
What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
I think Ami’s story about “The Case for Doing Nothing” is my favorite story so far. I liked it because I feel like nice a woman gets into her 30s and is single she has to try everything to get married, and if she isn’t trying everything then she isn’t trying. Ami showed that sometimes when you aren’t trying the best things come to you.
What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
Just reading about celebrities doing normal things. For some reason it excites people to see them doing everyday things, as if once a person makes a crap ton of money they cease being a human.
Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
I don’t have an awkward date story, which is surprising since my life is a series of awkward events put together. But I do have one that was embarrassing to my date. Let me preface this story by saying I am a terrible bowler, as in picked last for leagues, and only picked because there is no one else available. I am also the person that is terrible and wins because I am very lucky, but unfortunately, I will talk crap the entire time I am winning. So yes, I am that person. I went on a date with a guy who loved to bowl. He bowled quite a bit, whereas I only bowl for special occasions (and my team got dead last at the last staff bowling event). We were bowling and I was winning, which pissed him off to no end. It was coming down to the last frame and if he got X amount of pins, he would win. Well, right before he released the ball his pant leg got stuck under his shoe and he did the splits in the air and landed dead on his kneecap .. on the hardwood floor. Yep, he was in pain and I could not stop laughing. Laughing with tears running down my face and holding my gut. I couldn’t stop even when he limped over to me to show me his knee. I felt bad, but not bad enough to stop laughing.
Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
I am a firm believer in equality for women, but more importantly woman’s reproductive rights. Women should have control of their body and what happens to it, not a random person who thinks they know best. I don’t think that someone else should be able to dictate what a woman does with her body.
If The Frisky staff came over for dinner, what would you serve us?
A spinach salad, Rachael Ray mustard-maple pork chops, honey glazed carrots, and herb-roasted potatoes. You bring the dessert!
What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
I am wearing Nike shorts with the built in underwear. I think this was the best invention ever and other bottoms need to follow suit. The world would be a better place with built in underwear on skirts, shorts, and pants. Con: you can only wear the outfit once — no repeats without laundry!
What is your secret talent?
I have the parking spot bug. I can find a great parking spots anywhere. It is a gift and a curse.
What’s an amazing book or movie that other Frisky readers absolutely must get their hands on right now?
Any book that honestly allows a woman to embrace her sexuality. Too many times a woman is told that she is a slut or a hoe when she says what she likes or does what she likes. I think that it is time for women to embrace their sexuality and say, “this is who I am and if it isn’t what you wanted or expect then I am sorry because it is me.” If there is any book I would have to mention it would be the 50 Shades of Grey series, because it allowed women to be more open with each other about what they like without being judged. It opened up great dialogue that allowed women to realize that they are not alone and it also helped them explore more about who they are.
Which celeb would you most want to get in bed with? Which celeb would you most want to marry?
Ummm, I would have to be with Amelia on Ryan Gosling. He is purty hot I must say. Jason Momoa is another one — he has that crazy look to him. I like it. The Hemsworth brothers could get it, they are all hot. Seriously, what was their mom drinking when she was pregnant with them? One being hot, that is normal, but to have all the brothers crazy hot? That is just plain mean.
What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
Just more personal stories by Jessica, Ami, Winona, and Amelia. I just love the personal perspective that they give in their lives that makes us realize that we aren’t alone in things we go through. I would love to see more minority writers because they have another perspective to add to being female.