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 Jordan!
(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, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
My name is Jordan, I’m about to turn 30 in January, and I live in the Chicagoland area. (That’s me and my boyfriend in our Halloween costumes in the photo!)
How did you find the site?
I was linked to the site through CNN Living originally, I think. I’ve been visiting The Frisky pretty regularly (at least once to a few times a day or a week) since 2008.
What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
I work a desk job, live with my awesome boyfriend, enjoy “couching” as a lifestyle (being a couch potato), snuggling with my awesome dog, reading, watching TV, going to movies, and hanging out with friends and family.
What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
Wow. That is a really hard one. I’m going to give you a few, because I’ve been reading for so long. Forgive me if I don’t remember the exact titles!
- I loved reading about Leonora’s love story in Paris.
- Reading Amelia’s stories about her engagement ending, going back out into the dating world, the shittiness of bad timing, and the really touching tribute to her dad.
- Winona moving to Nashville.
- Jessica’s awful experience with the former Mr. Jessica, moving past/overcoming it, owning her sexuality, and dealing with mental illness.
- Ami’s awesome series working with a stylist on new ways to wear pieces in her wardrobe. Also her recent posts about dating after being single awhile and trying to readjust to being part of a couple.
What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and I also have an unapologetic love of ALL Michael Jackson. Hell, I actually went to the store and bought a physical copy of Invincible.
Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
Oh my god, this is a doozy. I met a guy off of OK Cupid and went out for dinner. Over dinner, he admitted to me he was a sexual offender because he was charged with statutory rape when he was 20. I’m thinking, OK, that’s not a HUGE deal — I dated an older guy when I was in high school, so if the girl’s parents freaked out, then, y’know… shit happens. Then he said he was 20, but she was FOURTEEN. And THEN he said that his mom had died two months ago. THEN he said he used to be engaged. And he was still in love with his ex-girlfriend. And that they had slept together the night before. I mean, my God. The hits just kept coming. He paid for dinner, so I offered to give him a ride home because his apartment was on my way home. At the end of the date, he had the audacity to say, “This was fun, we should do this again sometime.” I literally guffawed in his face.
Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
Yes, absolutely, however, I think there needs to be a smart PR-makeover of what the word actually means. On one hand you have women afraid to self-label themselves feminists because people make the unfortunate connection equating feminism with bra-burning man-haters. On the other hand feminism is accused of a limited definition focusing solely on white middle-/upper-class women. Feminism needs to encapsulate all races/socioeconomic statuses/sexual identities. But, short answer is obviously.
If The Frisky staff came over for dinner, what would you serve us?
Only the finest ordered pizza I can afford. I don’t cook.
What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
Black with black and white polka-dot trim!
What is your secret talent?
I have an uncanny ability to pick out the best card for whatever the occasion calls for.
What’s an amazing book or movie that other Frisky readers absolutely must get their hands on right now?
The last books I read that blew my mind were The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’m currently in the middle of Game Change 2012: Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann and so far, so good.
Which celeb would you most want to get in bed with? Which celeb would you most want to marry?
Bed: Marc Maron. Marry: Zack Galifianakis or Seth Rogen
What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
After five years of reading, you guys know what you’re doing!
Email me at Jessica@TheFrisky.com. Follow me on Twitter.