Reading Cat Fancy Magazine Does NOT Shrink Your Wiener

7 Nov
Here’s to self-confidence and not giving a crap about what other people think of you.

As my wife and I hovered at the back door, gathering our coffee shop paraphernalia, I stopped and stared at the magazine I was about to stuff into my messenger bag (Don’t call it a purse, dammit). The weekend buzz of Sacred Grounds means tackling War and Peace is out of the question. I needed something light, easy to read, a magazine, but–this?

I subscribed to three magazines to help my oldest daughter raise money for her school. I signed up for Running Times, Bicycling, and–Cat Fancy. It makes sense: we have two awesome cats, two awesome daughters who love cats, and now a magazine dedicated to caring for and celebrating cats of all shapes, colors, and sizes. Yes, it was Cat Fancy I was hesitating to take to the coffee shop.

I’m in a lifelong fight to rid myself of quirks like this: being embarrassed to be seen in a hip coffee shop reading a magazine like Cat Fancy. I’m still evolving. But now, in the current version of me, do I really want the regulars–people I see over and over, but don’t talk to–to see me prance in with the latest edition of Cat Fancy? Okay, I don’t prance, but that word sure does fit with “fancy.”

I prance around in my fancy pants, reading my Cat Fancy.

Sacred Grounds is full of people who seem to be unaffected by self-consciousness. A guitar sits in the corner. I let it continue to sit. Other people–cool, hip people I suppose–are always strumming away on that thing like they’re in their own living room. These people would be comfortable walking in naked with my Cat Fancy taped to their face and a recent back issue folded into makeshift underwear. If you get close enough, it’s obvious they don’t care about the strange odors wafting from their bodies either. That’s what I’m aiming for: naked, stinky, and confident.

I tossed my Cat Fancy back on the shelf.

Okay where’s that damn issue of Men’s Journal I saw lying around here last week? Did we recycle that?

I think “real” men read Guns & Ammo or Field & Stream, right? Well, this guy thinks those magazines are for sissies. I read this new magazine–one so new you probably have never heard of it. It’s called I rip raw flesh from freshly killed deer with my teeth magazine.

And “real” men build things. Big things. Very. Big. Things. With their bare, calloused hands. Grrr.

I read Cat Fancy. With thin gloves. Because it gets a little drafty in here. Prrr.

Still, isn’t it impressive that I can admit this stuff online for anyone to read? I’m learning and growing every stinkin’ day. It’s fantastic. I also have been known to read Yoga Journal, Health, Spirituality & Health, and Whole Living–all targeted to women.

If you’re in need of some help like me, check out some articles that deal with building self-confidence #1 #2 #3. And please, ignore the worn stereotypes; the term “a real man” is meaningless. The healthiest of men go both ways (not like that). They feel equally confident chopping wood as they do afterwards when they settle into their favorite, cozy chair to knit a scarf.

Be well awesome people.

7 Responses to “Reading Cat Fancy Magazine Does NOT Shrink Your Wiener”

  1. Booksphotographsandartwork November 7, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Good for you! So funny.

  2. Alexandra November 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    I saw enjoyed your article!
    I actually envy you that you can read all those awesome magazines. We don’t have them here. There’s an awesome oriental cat on the cover, but anyway …

    Thanks a lot for the good read 🙂

    • fightn4it November 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

      Wow, you have an awesome looking cat.

      • Alexandra November 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

        Thanks! It’s the same breed that is on the cover of the magazine in your post.
        Enjoy those cat magazines! Cats are fun 🙂

  3. Christy November 9, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    Had to repost your blog post on my FB. This one made me laugh (and think of a few friends!)

    • fightn4it November 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

      Cool. That’s the best compliment I can get…glad it made you laugh.

  4. LunarEuphoria December 28, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Ha! I once had a subscription to Cat Fancy. Of course I was 12. But that’s beside the point. It’s a great magazine!

    If I saw a dude reading Cat Fancy at the coffee shop I’d have to laugh – and think he was pretty cool and ballsy to do it – or maybe a complete lunatic. And then I’d secretly wish I had a Cat Fancy to read.

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