Frisky Reader Revealed: Who Can Do It? CatieCan!

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 CatieCan!

(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.

Catie (CatieCan on Disqus), I’m 26 and I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

How did you find the site?

I don’t remember specifically. I lived in New Zealand when I discovered the site, so that was at least two years ago. I remember always being a little sad on Mondays: because of the time difference there wouldn’t be any new posts that day, but as a bonus I got fresh stories on Saturday.

What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?

I’m a writer for a business-to-business publisher. Not the dream most people have when they study journalism (why am I not working for the Guardian?!?), but it’s not a bad place to be, and it enables me to live in Toronto, which I love.

What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?

I’m really enjoying Ami’s blogs about her new man. I’ve only been with my boyfriend for about six months, but it definitely had that instant connection aspect that she talks about, so it feels like much longer, and reading about her experiences both validates my feelings and reminds me how it all felt early on — scary and overwhelming and kind of magical.

What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?

I don’t feel guilty about most of my pleasures, but it probably applies best to my love of terrible action movies. They’re usually sexist and racist and aimed at the lowest common denominator, but I enjoy being able to switch off my brain and stop analyzing every aspect.

Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.

For a first (and, as it turned out, last) date I went with an updated ’60s look, complete with really cute shoes I got from a thrift store. They’re not actually that uncomfortable so they’re perfect for work or dinner out, but it turned out my date had planned a rather romantic stroll through a park and greenhouse before going for a drink. Unfortunately by the time we got to the bar I was not at all focused on his conversation (which I think was less than scintillating, anyway) and 100 percent focused on not limping/whimpering with every step. Lesson learned: stick to flats or wedges unless you know you’ll spend most of the evening sitting.

Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?

Absolutely. I think almost everyone is, and if they say they’re not it’s because they don’t understand the word. I’m a feminist because worldwide, women work as hard, or harder, and receive less income, less protection and less respect.

If The Frisky staff came over for dinner, what would you serve us?

Probably some kind of vegetarian stir fry or curry on brown rice with cake or brownies for dessert. I don’t cook very complex meals but I like good, flavoursome food with lots of fresh vegetables — and something sweet to finish on.

What type of skivvies do you have on right now?

Based on previous answers I’m assuming that “skivvies” are underwear. In New Zealand a skivvie is a turtleneck. I’m wearing cotton briefs.

What is your secret talent?

Hmmm … this one’s not really a secret to my close friends, but I am quite the drunk debater. More than once I’ve ended up in the middle of complex discussions on gender, politics, science, religion or all of the above and realized that while I can’t currently say the word “hetero-normative” I know exactly what I mean and am definitely right.

What’s an amazing book or movie that other Frisky readers absolutely must get their hands on right now?

There are so many possibilities but I’m going to go with “After Tiller,” which I just saw at Toronto’s HotDocs festival. It’s about the four doctors in the U.S. doing late-term abortions and it was educational, challenging and is relevant beyond the USA and the pro-choice/pro-life” dichotomy. Also (mini-plug), I blog about books at, including reviews and recommendations.

Which celeb would you most want to get in bed with? Which celeb would you most want to marry?

Idris Elba and Jimmy Stewart, who I know is dead but there were no limitations on whether they had to be alive. He just seems like a really kind-hearted, passionate person who would be a fun and generous spouse.

What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?

I really like reading opinions and critiques of events or articles. Even when I disagree with the author I learn something and my world is expanded. I especially like hearing from people who are different from me, because it’s so easy to get wrapped up in how we experience the world, I think it’s vital to listen to other people’s stories to recognize our own privilege and biases.

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