In January 2010, I was living and working in Paris, and my friend, Julie, issued a challenge for me to venture into online dating. I registered on a website called “adopteunmec” where the women are the shoppers and where the men are simply merchandise. It is truly the ultimate online man-shopping experience.
I realized then that this was an excellent opportunity to insert myself into a cockamamie social experiment — one that will, at best, shed some light on the dating scene in Paris and, at worst, make me hate everything.
And with my penchant for mayhem, of course hilarity and awkwardness has since ensued.
Thus this blog began as an endeavor to document this social experiment and to share my experiences with all you anglophone ladies who are as baffled as I am by the parisian dating scene.
Since then, I have relocated to D.C. after five years as an expatriate, but that doesn’t mean that the man-shopping mayhem will end! With my perspective all warped from five years in Paris, more surprises and rants are surely in my future as an American in America. No longer entitled Man-shopping in Paris, but I am hoping that Man-shopping in D.C. will be just as fun, educational, and generally mortifying as my social experiment in Paris!
Regardless of how you ended up on my blog, if you must take one thing away from my little writing project, remember this:
Nothing is sacred. And absolutely nothing is taken seriously here.
I really just want to have a laugh with you all. Maybe make some irreverent cultural generalizations. Vent a bit. Indulge in some self-deprecation. Poke fun at idiots. You know, the usual silly shenanigans that silly people like myself enjoy getting up to.
If you take anything I say seriously, I suggest that you bugger off and find some other internet place to hang your hat.
I’d like to thank Julie, the Irish Parisienne. If it weren’t for her, I’d be sitting on a considerably fatter ass and eating Nutella out of the jar with a spoon.
Big shout-out to my sister for her technical expertise, expert advice and mad photoshopping skills.
Also, thank you, Bradley, for cluing me in about how to sign up for a blog in the first place.