The blog

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.

12 responses to “The blog

  1. I am loving this Miss manshopper…. keep up the good work!

  2. Alexis

    This is a very funny blog, and I can totally relate to it, having already been through a few of these types of dates with French guys…. bonne chance! Can’t wait to hear about the rencontres 🙂

  3. Paris, je t'aime

    Totally hilarious! I’m in Paris right now as well and I can so see this happening! How is it that you don’t get exhausted from meeting these mutants though?

    • Thanks so much for reading the blog, I am so glad that you are enjoying the hilarity!

      I openly admit that I am absolutely exhausted. Every once in a while, I need to take a break from the madness, cut myself from all man-contact for a bit, and regain my grip on normalcy. But look on the bright side, if EVERY guy I date is a mutant… statistically speaking, there should be more normal ones out there for you all to snap up right? 🙂

  4. “Also, since they’re just products, I’m not exactly invested in them” Priceless! I couldn’t have said it better myself 😉

    Look forward to reading about your escapades!

    -MMM

    • Thanks, lady! I can’t wait to hear the followups to your own escapades with the fireman 😉 I’m obsessing about it, I must live vicariously through you…

  5. Interesting blog. I had Asian food for dinner the other day -was that you in my bok choy? Just wondering…

  6. I’d venture their names are (or are variations of) the following: Nicolas, Guillaume, Olivier, Clement, or Pierre.

  7. Your blog is amazing and makes me want to go back to Europe! Can’t wait to read about the man shopping.

  8. I openly admit that I am absolutely exhausted. Every once in a while, I need to take a break from the madness, cut myself from all man-contact for a bit, and regain my grip on normalcy. But look on the bright side, if EVERY guy I date is a mutant… statistically speaking, there should be more normal ones out there for you all to snap up right?
    +1

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