Foxy Folklorist Mistaken for a Sex Professor

How much can you know about a person from her public digital footprints? Someone tweeting as @foxyfolklorist and writing for the blog My Sex Professor, must at least be blessed with a decent sense of humor, which is quite certain:

Thanks to a very drunk Polish gentleman, I now know how to open a bottle of wine using a shoe (apparently the cork needs to be natural).
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Jeana Jorgensen


While many of Jeana’s tweets are hilarious, the issues she tackles in her blog could hardly get more serious:

New post by me: Carrying Multiple Condoms Is Proof Of Prostitution? | My Sex Professor: Sexuality Education http://t.co/Gn3PwGre
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Jeana Jorgensen
New post by me: The Problem With Rape Jokes | My Sex Professor: Sexuality Education http://t.co/uvLmqjln via @
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Jeana Jorgensen


But then she also studies fairy tales:

I combined quantitative/qualitative methods to analyze how canonical European fairy tales represent bodies by gender & age #tweetyourthesis
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Jeana Jorgensen
I can now say with certainty that there are no bearded ladies in the fairy tales I'm studying for my #dissertation. In case you wondered.
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Jeana Jorgensen
Some of my favorite frame tales are the 1001 Nights, The Orphan's Tales, Possession, The Matrix, Sucker Punch, Inception, Kissing the Witch.
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Jeana Jorgensen
I'm too excited to not think about this right now, so: what are your favorite frame tales? A frame tale is a narrative within a narrative.
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Jeana Jorgensen


It was fascinating to learn from Jeana’s research blog how folk narrative and fairy tale scholars set out to summarise the reoccurring tale plots in tweets of 140 characters or less to create a whole new typology:

Little Red Riding Hood: Curiosity tastes better than mom's baking; didn't mean to eat grandma or get eaten by wolf; not little anymore #TwTy
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Jeana Jorgensen


Research in this manner sounds like a lot of fun, and, well, not only just fun. Jeana has been tweeting a lot about the process of writing her PhD dissertation to be defended at Indiana University this spring. The pain of this tedious process should not be underestimated:

I have begun the ritual of the New Dissertation Chapter: opening a blank Word document & staring at it. Soon the words will come.
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Jeana Jorgensen
Must... work... on... dissertation... hoping a latte helps give me enough of a boost to focus on the bloody thing.
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Jeana Jorgensen
Bad insomnia + hair falling out = either I've aged a few decades, or this is normal while finishing writing one's #dissertation?
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Jeana Jorgensen
Stressful #dissertation crunch-time dinner: celery, bleu cheese, & red wine straight from the bottle. I will finish this if it kills me.
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Jeana Jorgensen


While sweating over one’s dissertation isn’t too uncommon, rewarding oneself with physical exercise probably is:

Met my #dissertation page goal for the day. Now I can finally do some yoga! (using exercise as reward, guess I'm weird that way)
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Jeana Jorgensen


It’s not only yoga, though:

Finally shaved a few minutes off my 10k time; still not under 1 hour, but that's ok since I'm only running 3x week & not actually training.
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Jeana Jorgensen


And that, too, was only a side field. See for yourself:


For Jeana, dance is much more than a mere physical exercise or performance:

You guys knows how much I abhor casual & essentialist use of the word "universal" - but I really believe that dance is a universal language.
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Jeana Jorgensen
Once again, I'm convinced that there's nothing dance cannot cure. Went from "I hate everything" to "yay dancing/art/people!" in 3 hours.
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Jeana Jorgensen


Dance can even provide insight into general research practice and its communication:

I'm starting to approach preparing conference presentations the same way I approach dance performances: always leave them wanting more.
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Jeana Jorgensen


A person exercising one’s body and mind so intensely definitely needs proper food. Jeana’s food-related tweets can easily make anyone salivate, and they are plentiful. Yes, she is a foodie:

Will homemade marinated local mushrooms taste good in risotto? Tonight, we find out! (I guess you'd call it Estonian-Italian fusion cooking)
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Jeana Jorgensen
Made an apple-pear crisp, fed it to Estonians & Indians who went back for 2nds even after eating tons of homemade Indian food: win!
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Jeana Jorgensen
I'm steadily approaching the holy grail of making restaurant-quality Thai food at home. I need a wok, though. Do they sell those in Estonia?
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Jeana Jorgensen


When Jeana isn’t working on her dissertation, running, belly dancing, hooping, cooking, eating, drinking, or tweeting, she is, most obviously –
unless bothered by insomnia – sleeping. Jeana’s dreams are sometimes a continuation of her adventurous research life:

Dreamt I was giving 2 big folklore talks (1 in India, 1 in Germany) & was totally unprepared. At least it wasn't another job-search dream.
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Jeana Jorgensen
You know you read too much theory when even your zombie dreams have postcolonialist themes in them.
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Jeana Jorgensen
I had a dream about needing to ask Twitter something about time travel, except I don't remember how I phrased it. So, how about time travel?
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Jeana Jorgensen


Is she a party animal?

Drinking with Finnish & Estonian folklorists & ethnologists is srs bznz. I knew it was trouble when they got out the spicy mustard & vodka.
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Jeana Jorgensen

Is there anything else you might want to know about Jeana? She is currently a visiting PhD student hosted by the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folkloristics at the University of Tartu. Go find her blogging or tweeting in the virtual space, or out dancing in the real world.

Jeana in Viljandi

Jeana in Viljandi

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