Frisky Reader Revealed: BelongSomewhere
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 launch a weekly column where we learn all about a Frisky reader. After the jump, meet belongsomewhere, one of our most prolific commenters. Please state your name, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
Catie, 21, Brooklyn.
How did you find the site?
Someone posted a link to this article on Facebook and I’ve been hooked ever since!
What do you do all day other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
I’m a college student studying writing, so when I’m not reading The Frisky I’m in writing workshops and reading memoirs and novels. I also spend far too much time playing Angry Birds and watching bad movies on Netflix.
What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
Oh, it’s hard to pick! I’ve loved a lot of the Girl Talk articles and I love Jessica’s articles about the screwed up things that are happening these days regarding reproductive rights, in particular the post about the woman in Iowa who was jailed for admitting that she’d thought about terminating her pregnancy. If it weren’t for The Frisky, I would miss a lot of this troubling but important news.
What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
“The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” It’s the worst. Also, Katherine Heigl rom-coms. I justify watching these things by writing long gender studies papers about them. My other pop culture guilty pleasures are teen dramas I was too young for when they were new — “Dawson’s Creek,” “Felicity,” and the original “90210.”
Team Edwards or Team Jacob?
I’ve never read the Twilight serie, and I only saw about half of the first movie, so I don’t really know. I think vampires are much cooler than werewolves, though, so I’ll go with Edward.
Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
I’ve never really dated because I met my boyfriend as a freshman in college and we were sort of an insta-couple. I only went on one date in high school: it was with a really creepy guy I’d become friends with, and I didn’t even know that it was a date. We went to a diner in my neighborhood and I only ordered fries. I ate most of them, but right before the waitress came over to ask if we wanted dessert, the guy dumped his entire serving of fries onto my plat so that it looked like I hadn’t eaten anything. The waitress was really concerned, I was super embarrassed, and he laughed at me. In retrospect, that incident is mostly just evidence of how much of a jerk he is. I’m pretty sure he got off on humiliating girls.
Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
Absolutely! I went to an all-girls’ school until I was 18 and we had really excellent sex ed. At some point, I learned that comprehensive sex ed was rare and I was really disturbed. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been very pro-choice. Issues of reproductive rights were definitely my entrance into feminism. When I got to college, in a fully co-ed environment for the first time, I realize how sexist some guys (and girls!) who claimed to be progressive could be. I’m harassed on the street on a daily basis by men who seem to think I ought to be flattered. There’s obviously still a need for feminism if there are still this many people who believe women are inferior.
If The Frisky staff came over for dinner, what would you serve us?
Portobello “burgers” with pesto and mozzarella. The other possibility would be vegetable stir-fry with buckwheat noodles and tofu.
What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
Brightly colored cotton ones from the Gap.
What is your secret talent?
Wax modeling. In high school, I made a wax mask of Charles Bukowski’s face and cast it in metal. It’s creepy-looking, and pretty accurate!
What’s an amazing book or movie that other Frisky readers absolutely must get their hands on right now?
Elizabeth McCracken’s memoir An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination is incredibly moving. I also recently read Lorrie Moore’s Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? for a class, and I think she handles both the complex relationship between teenaged girls and the issue of abortion really successfully.
Which celeb would you most want to get in bed with? Which celeb would you most want to marry?
Dax Shepard is cute and really funny, so I’ll pick him for both. Admittedly, this is probably just because he’s engaged to Kristen Bell and I totally want to be Veronica Mars.
What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
I think there’s a really good balance of frivolity and more serious relationship and political stuff, so I don’t feel like much is missing. But I do miss the outfit posts [Jessica's Note: What Are We Wearing Today? will be back soon when The Frisky is back in an office!] and the articles about which books the Frisky staff is reading.