2012’s Most Popular Autostraddle Posts And Top Search Terms

Top Ten Most Popular Posts in 2012 That Were Actually Published in 2011, 2010 or 2009

1. Top Ten Best Lesbian Movies: 10 Queer Movies That Don’t Suck, by Riese, Intern Lily, Intern X, Intern Katrina, Intern Emily, Intern Elizabeth & Intern Hot Laura. August 19, 2009.


This article was conceived in the summer of 2009 in Riverside Park, when we didn’t have a budget and therefore were treating the interns to a splendid mid-day meal of french fries, gathered in several large paper sacks from McDonalds. I wrote down who would take which movie with greasy fingers. We did a follow-up, also, Ten More Queer Girl Movies That Don’t Suck.


2. How to Have Lesbian Sex for the First Time: NSFW Sunday Special. November 13, 2011

Google “lesbian sex.” I dare you.


3. Ten Hot Lesbian Movie Sex Scenes for NSFW Sexy Sunday, by Riese. February 21, 2010

This is back when I was really committed to writing thematic NSFW Sundays (I rarely write NSFW Sundays anymore, let alone thematic ones.) This particular post was a big deal because I had to confess my relationship with the Encyclopedia of Lesbian Movie Scenes.


4. How to Have Lesbian Sex Tips From NSFW Sunday. June 19, 2011.

These were your tips and they were all awesome except one of them which was a bad idea.


5. Top 10 Lesbian Fashion & Style Icons, by Alex & Riese. August 14, 2009.


When Alex and I used to live in the same city and spend most days together we would collaborate on stuff like this. It was really fun to put together and actually got republished in Curve Magazine.


6. Jillian Michaels: First Lady to Ever Come Out (Bisexual) In “Ladies Home Journal”, by Riese. January 5th, 2010


Like I said, we’ve somehow cornered this piece of the search engine market. It remains a mystery to me. This is also the one and only time I ever purchased a copy of Ladies Home Journal.


7. NSFW Saturday: It’s Lindsay Lohan in Playboy, Naked!, by Jess R. December 10, 2011


Jess R was always on top of this kind of shit. Come back to us, Jess R!


8. Why Taylor Swift Offends Little Monsters, Feminists & Weirdos, by Riese. February 6, 2010.




9. The L Word Top Ten (okay, 15) Sex Scenes Back Of All Time, by Riese. March 11, 2009.


We wrote a few articles to already have up when we launched that I naively expected would lead to immediate success via SEO mastery (it’s not that easy): two top tens about lesbian books and this meticulously constructed compendium of The L Word‘s best sex scenes.


10. Girl-on-Gallery: Hot Girls Wearing Short Shorts, April 29, 2009.

I made this gallery to improve our page views. It worked!

2012’s Most Commented-Upon Posts

1. Introducing Camp Autostraddle, by Riese. February 14, 2012

2. OPEN THREAD: Let’s Talk About How Awesome A-Camp Was, by Riese. April 30, 2012

3. International Autostraddle Meet-Up Weeks: You’ve Earned It, by Vanessa. October 4, 2012

4. OPEN THREAD: Let’s Talk About How Really Really Awesome A-Camp Wasby Riese. September 17, 2012

5. OPEN THREAD: 2012 Election Day Live-Blog, With Feelings, by Ali. November 6, 2012

6. Introducing Camp Autostraddle 2012: Registration is Wide Open, by Riese. May 21, 2012

7. You Should Come: July 15th Is International Autostraddle Summer Brunch Day, by Laneia. July 2, 2012

8. We Need Help: Our Big Fundraiser To Build A Better Autostraddle, by Riese & Alex. July 25, 2012

9. OPEN THREAD: Music you’re Embarrassed to Love, by Crystal. September 26, 2012

10. Who The Hell Are You? What The Autostraddle Reader Survey Told Us About You, by Riese. January 10, 2012

2012’s Most-Commented-On Posts, Excluding Events & Open Threads

1. How To Leave Your Husband (Because You’re A Lesbian), by Laneia. March 29, 2012.

It’s really good, is what it is.

2. The Dirty Truth About Bisexuals, A Case Study, by Riese & Rachel. April 1, 2012.

Apparently not everybody realized that this was an April Fool’s Day Joke.

3. Gay Families Attend White House Easter Egg Roll Hoping For Eggs, Workplace Protection Executive Order, by Rachel. April 9, 2012.

In which a bunch of haters came to Autostraddle to tell us about hell and our sins, etc., and we made fun of them.

4. Public Sex Is My Radical Sex, by Isabelle Nastasia. March 11, 2012.

This was a bit of a disaster.

5. Krisily Kennedy Likes Girls: The Autostraddle Interview, by Jess R. January 5, 2012.

Biphobia is the number one cause of elongated comment threads. True story. I wish the comment ratings hadn’t gotten wiped out during some wordpress avalanche or another because I feel they really enhanced the atmosphere on this post.

6. The 21 Most Lesbianish Cities in the US: The Autostraddle Guide, by Riese. January 24, 2012.

Obviously everybody has a feeling about this.

7. A-Camp Recap #1: Movin’ On Up (The Mountain), by The Team. May 10, 2012

This was a gripping account of how we attempted to transport 200 queers from an airport to a mountain and failed miserably on at least 56 fronts. Lots to discuss.

8. 14 Girls We Wanted To Be Back Then: Kickass Heroines from YA & Children’s Books of Yesteryear, by Riese & Laneia. September 24, 2012.

This was actually conceived of and published in the same day during a we-have-no-content panic. Ultimately, nothing gets us talking like talking about the books we loved as children & young adults.

9. Autostraddle Hot 100 2012: The Hottest Queerest Women In All The Land. May 25, 2012

Oh I don’t even know, I think I stopped following this thread pretty early on.

10. Femmes: Beyond Lipstick (and Heels & Dresses), by Kristen. August 16, 2012.

Sometimes a post gets a shit-ton of comments not because it’s a contentious list or because of a flame war but because that’s just how much you love it and it spoke to you. Those are beautiful times, and I’m glad to have two of those posts anchoring this list on either end.

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  1. The ‘Epic Gallery: 150 years of Lesbians…’ post is truly brilliant and certainly one of my favourite pieces that I read (from any publication – online or offline) at any point during 2012.

    On a separate note; as a massive SEO nerd this post makes me so happy! I would be particularly interested to see what people search for within Autostraddle internally – ie. what the regular readers and members search for within the site, rather than the general interweb arriving here trying to find out who’s gay.

  2. I feel like I must have been MIA for most of 2012, as I can’t remember many of these posts that are featured in all these top lists. Clearly I have some catching up to do.

    Also, I’m with JC on telling everyone ever to read the Taylor Swift article. Also the comments. I always tell them the comments add to the brilliance of the commentary Riese brings.

  3. ‘150 years of lesbians …’ was absolutely wonderful. Definitely down as one of my favourite ever Autostraddle posts. Heartwarming kinda stuff. Also, I know that one of my ex-lecturers, whom I was totally smitten with, would love it. She’s gay. She’s a history lecturer. She likes pictures. What is there not to love?

    I really appreciated ‘Texting your ex-girlfriend’ too – all for comedic value. Enjoyed recommending it to a friend who really needed the advice as well.

    • Just re-read it and the comments. The article was definitely interesting – I still have mixed feelings about it. But, the opportunity to discuss it in a meaningful way quickly fell apart. It was unfortunate that people weren’t able to agree or disagree with differing parts of the article without someone with an opposing view calling them either insensitive or too sensitive.

      The events around that article is an outlier – AS comments/commenters are generally awesome.

      • Yeah, I find that 9 times out of 10 when the comments go to hell, it’s usually because of jerks from another site who flood the article, not because of our regular commenters. Our regular commenters are awesome!

        One thing that made me happy about my ponies post is it’s a rare case where we got flooded with outside commenters (because it got linked on several MLP fansites, including the most popular one, Equestria Daily) but the commenting quality was still awesome. Probably because most of them were bronies who were like “Hey, someone said something nice about us for once and actually did their research instead of resorting to stereotypes!”

        • Er, I shouldn’t have said “rare” – obviously, most outside commenters are great and add to the site. But it seems like when we get a huge invasion like that, it’s usually for controversy’s sake? Maybe that’s just me.

  4. oh man i actually just love going back to comment sections full of trolls and reading like 200 comments worth of hilarious editor-supplied additions to hateful comments. you’re all super amazing. keep up the dancing hotdogs.

    • and i think i just read the entire comment section on the taylor swift article. i get the impression that the editors of this lovely website have basically just given up on going anywhere near that. i feel like if autostraddle was a family christmas gathering where everyone is wearing cute sweaters and having intellectual discussions over the tofurkey, then that comment section is the drunk uncle that sits in the corner, yells out obnoxious shit, and hits on your girlfriend, and you’ve just all decided that if you ignore him, maybe he’ll shut up eventually.

  5. So I was reading the comments on one of these articles, and then the Infamous Fingernails Article was linked in a comment, and of course every time that link comes up I have to re-read it… is that just me?

    Also, *shudder*

  6. I know absolutely nothing about My Little Pony but I just read that article. And all of the comments. And now I’ve found it on Netflix. Y’all must have some kind of voodoo at work around here.

  7. Nice retrospective. Witnessing (and occasionally commenting on) your journey for the past few years has been aces. And now, I will revisit some of the posts mentioned, starting with Laneia’s most-commented-on post; I recall thinking it was moving and charming, and it mentioned something about boats (?) that made me laugh.

    [I wrote this while listening to Everypony’s gay for Braeburn, brought to me by Equestria Daily, via this, because why not. Boats.]

  8. Yeah, this is immature and irrelevant as Taylor Swift herself but it gave me lols: “Never was this bunnyrabBITCHild persona more exploited than it was after the VMAs.” Sometimes even dyslexia can be fun.

  9. Wait a sec, did AS not invent, or at least popularise, the term Alternative Lifestyle Haircut?

    So this has propogated throughout the internet and now people use it to return to the very cradle of ALH?

    I feel like somehow this is very meta and cyclical and the world will soon be sucked into a vortex of asymmetrical queer coiffures.

    • it was first said during a gay pimp podcast episode starring me and carly – johnny was joking about how he could tell from our alternative lifestyle haircuts that we were lesbians (i had a different haircut then, obvs!) – and then we popularized it and now everybody uses it everywhere b/c we rule

  10. But! Half the replies on http://www.autostraddle.com/there-must-be-at-least-five-ways-to-text-your-ex-girlfriend-138626/ are mental spam from bizarre randoms singing the praises of a myriad of witch-doctors who will get your ex back for you.

    Do the spam comments count? Having said that, it was the most marvellous article, one that I should have re-read yesterday. Perhaps then I would not be suffering from this massive bout of message-outbox alco-shame. Le sigh.

    • I was reliving the great comment wars of 2012 and I noticed that you referred to a certain troll named Trixie as “the great and powerful Trixie” and I just wanted to come back to the present and let you know that you won my heart/pants and all the things.

  11. I enjoyed this post so much!
    Thanks for all of this great content 🙂
    The femme article was great. And I just read Rose’s pony article. So strange, but SO WELL DONE. Another site with lower standards would have massacred topics like this.
    I also love that AS can admit when things are ‘a disaster’ or a fucking shitstorm.
    If the most googled stats were dependant on me Peanut butter cookies would be no.1. Cos i cannot tell you how often i’ve needed that recipe in an emergency.

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