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 Ali!
(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.
I’m Ali, I’m 26, from Boston, MA.
How did you find the site?
I can’t remember exactly, as it was a while ago. But I think it has something to do with Guyspeak.com, which I saw on Perez Hilton. I think Amelia is good friends with one of the contributors there. However, I don’t even read those two blogs much anymore, and have been a loyal Frisky reader ever since!
What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
I work at a big university in Boston as a recruiter. I get to travel and tell students why to come to our school, and help them achieve their dreams, in some sense. I also just completed my Master’s Degree in College Student Development and Counseling, and was just offered a new job at another great university here in Boston! Lots of change, but I love it. But clearly can’t get through my day without The Frisky.
What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
I’m all about The Soapbox lately; I just love when people speak their mind, regardless if it’s conventionally acceptable. Most recently, I enjoyed the piece “It’s Not Just That I Don’t Want Kids, It’s That I Don’t Like Them.” It’s not that I necessarily agreed with her, because I actually do want/like kids, but it was refreshing for someone to be so honest about it. There is definitely a stereotype about women having to love children and that it’s unnatural to not want them, and it’s not fair.
What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
I love tweeting at celebrities. I know it’s kind of juvenile and half the time it’s not even their real profiles, but I get so excited when I get a re-tweet or a reply or something. Though I’ve only had luck with local celebrities and athletes, I’m working my way up…
Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
I cringe thinking back on my younger dating days for various reasons. However, one particular guy I had been on a couple dates with, he was a little older and had a very good job and a lot of money, so I felt the need to impress him. One night we both were in the same part of town by chance and decided to have a couple drinks. After an hour, he said his friends were nearby and asked me if it was alright if they came by to meet me and have some drinks with us. Of course I was thrilled he wanted to introduce me to his friends and graciously accepted. However, his friends were the most intense, bro-ish, buffoons I’d ever met and kept egging me to keep up with them and their drinking. Instead of being the classy broad that I am, I obliged. Needless to say, many shots and beers later, I was getting the spins. I threw up in the bathroom, and couldn’t even leave the bathroom without feeling nauseous. Finally a waitress who came in to use the bathroom found me, and had to go tell the guys I was in there with vomit everywhere. His friends were jerks about it and though he was nice about it then, he eventually turned out to be a jerk, anyway. But still, mortifying.
Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
I don’t know everything there is to know about feminism, and don’t want to insult feminists by pretending that I do, because I have way too much respect for them. I’ve grown up as the eldest of four girls and attended all female education up until high school, so I know the power of women. All I know is that it’s ridiculous and embarrassing for women to not have equal rights and opportunities to men, and just hope that one day we live in a world where that is not an issue.
If The Frisky staff came over for dinner, what would you serve us?
Italian! I would make a lasagna (either with meat or veggie) or chicken Parmesan and have lots of yummy bread, salad, and sauce. Also a chocolate peanut butter pie for dessert.
What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
Polka dot, bikini cut. Cute and comfy!
What is your secret talent?
I’m really good at traveling … like not only to travel with, but finding great ways to travel and have fun on a budget. I have a talent for finding the most creative places to say, that are fun, safe and unique. (I just recently got a really great deal on a houseboat in Newport for my boyfriend and I — totally romantic, unique and so fun!) I love finding the best places to see, eat, meet people and really get into the culture of where I’m traveling.
What’s an amazing book or movie that other Frisky readers absolutely must get their hands on right now?
I loved Defending Jacob — it’s a perfect mix of thrilling and mind-effing. Plus it takes place locally, and I always love when my beloved city is showcased.
Which celeb would you most want to get in bed with? Which celeb would you most want to marry?
I don’t care if it’s cliché, I’m bedding Ryan Gosling. I mean, look at the man. But I’m also a big Charlie Hunnam (Jax from “Sons of Anarchy”) fan, so it’s a huge tossup. I wouldn’t throw either of them out of my bed. As for marriage, I’m thinking Matt Damon or Brad Pitt. The way they just talk and look at their partners, they are still in awe of them. I just think it speaks volumes of their respect, support and love for their women.
What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
There’s already so much good stuff !! Maybe like you could showcase cities across the country, and say some like cool places to eat, shop, stay, etc? (My traveling bug!) Also, maybe a book club, or like a movie/TV show club.
If you would like to be featured in Frisky Reader Revealed, email me at Jessica@TheFrisky.com!