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 Seana!
(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.
Seana, age 23, and Chicago.
How did you find the site?
I honestly can’t remember a time when The Frisky wasn’t a part of my daily routine, so I’m not sure exactly when or how I started reading. The likely situation is that I was linked to it from another feminist site. I used to read gURL.com religiously and The Frisky may have just been the natural next step.
What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
I work as an account executive for an ad agency. But it’s not what you might imagine! I work on two pharma brands, an HIV drug and a psoriasis drug. I get to think about and help create materials for interesting groups of people, and most of the time the work feels meaningful.
What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
I have “8 Pieces of Dating Wisdom I Wish I Could Have Given My Single Self” saved as a bookmark for every time I need a little reminder that when it is right, nothing you do can screw it up (among other worthy pieces of wisdom). I think Ami hits the nail on the head, and I am trying to learn to enjoy my own company more every day.
What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
“Dance Moms.” I did competitive dance as a kid and I can’t help but LOVE Abby, even though she is scary and those kids are probably going to grow up to have some serious adjustment issues. The worst part about the show is the moms, who really are like a worse version of Real Housewives. I just wish the kids could dance the entire time, and every once and awhile Abby could come on and say something sassy.
Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
Easy. I won a radio competition for this once. My freshman year of college I was a frat party. I had just chugged 3 beers with the guys and thought I was the coolest girl at the party. Once the alcohol hits, I ended up making out with this guy and we proceeded to lock ourselves in the single bathroom on the first floor of the house. All was hot and steamy (not really) until a girl knocked on the door and says she really needs to pee. When we let her in, lights on for the first time in awhile, she asks me “what happened, are you okay?”. I had no idea what she was talking about until I looked in the mirror and realized I had blood all over my face and chest. Oh, and frat boy was no where to be found. Turns out he got a bloody nose, but didn’t realize until the lights came on. He ditched me in the bathroom of his fraternity house! I remember one of his frat brothers put me in a cab, and my driver ended up stopping at Burger King before he dropped me home. It was one WEIRD night.
Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
Yes, and I think I have always been a feminist, even before I knew of the word. I was a weird, extremely curious child. Growing up, I was a voracious reader and found myself particularly drawn to books and websites about gender and sexuality. In college I started taking sociology classes and it was really then that feminism as a philosophy and identity came into my vocabulary, and instantly it just fit. I believe in political, social and economic equality of the sexes, and I believe there is still much work to be done.
If The Frisky staff came over for dinner, what would you serve us?
Everything would be from Trader Joe’s – it is one of my favorite places I get to go during my week. Lately I’ve been obsessed with this recipe, based off a kale salad you can get at a taco place in Chicago. We’d have that, Trader Joe’s boxed wine (it’s really good!), sweet potato guacamole tacos, and then we’d go down the street for frozen yogurt.
What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
None! I’m bare-assed at the moment because I’m home on my couch in sweatpants. I secretly hate underwear, but sometimes it is a necessary evil.
What is your secret talent?
What’s an amazing book or movie that other Frisky readers
I am going to go outside this question a bit and say Frisky Readers should start listening to “On Being,” a radio by Krista Tippet all about the big questions in life. I start my day with her voice, and I’m finding myself more intrigued by issues of spirituality, meaning and faith more than ever before.
Which celeb would you most want to get in bed with? Which celeb would you most want to marry?
This is embarrassing, but I have such a huge crush on Ian Somerhalder who plays Damen on “Vampire Diaries.” I’ve always liked the bad boy thing in theory, even though in practice I end up falling for the really nice, wholesome type. So I think I most want to sleep with him. I would also want to sleep with Jake from “Scandal,” but I don’t know his real actor name. [Jessica’s Note: Scott Foley!] As for marriage? I have to say the best husband on TV right now is Adam from Parenthood, and I don’t care about what his real name is because I want to wed the TV character.
What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
I think there is room for discussion about the intersection of faith and gender/sexuality in The Frisky. I am a liberal, sexual, educated feminist – and I am also spiritual and exploring my faith more and more these days. For a long time I thought religion was in complete opposition with my values, and now I am seeing that may not be true. I would love to see more honest, smart discussion about where religion may fit within feminist, gay/lesbian, and queer cultures and beliefs, as well as where there is tension.
If you would like to be featured in Frisky Reader Revealed, email me at Jessica@TheFrisky.com with “Reader Revealed” in the headline!