Autostraddle Behind the Scenes VIDEO #1

Hi! Welcome to Saturday! We are going to start sharing some groundbreaking intriguing videos of “Autostraddle Behind the Scenes” with you! Aren’t you lucky?

See, our friends Rocco and Rachel own a production company and thought it would be neat to film us while we were in Los Angeles. Riese and Tess both objected vehemently to the idea of being on video ever/all the time, so as much as “Autostraddle Behind the Scenes” is about what happens “behind the scenes” of Autostraddle, it’s also about what happens when you keep filming people who hate being filmed [Riese sidenote: if this confuses you b/c of the R&H Vlogs, she’ll be happy to explain to you why that’s different, and also how that ended up happening in the first place]. It’s like the opposite of Gimme Sugar!

Speaking of Gimme Sugar, in this week’s clip you’ll see Rocco coaching Alex (Design Director) to “set the scene” regarding upcoming plans for Riese’s birthday. Chaos ensues, and Tinkerbell is, at one point, harmed.

Are you following us on Facebook?

Profile photo of Riese

Riese is the 35-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York City and mellowed out in California before returning to Michigan. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! Follow her on twitter and instagram.

Riese has written 2315 articles for us.


  1. Thumb up 0

    Please log in to vote

    Dear Buddha, when I first saw the tweet that this was something about Truck Stop… I thought OMG ALL CAPS there were no video cameras there that night were there?!

    Brooke would succeed out of those three children.

  2. Thumb up 0

    Please log in to vote

    My favourite moment was definately “I dropped my retainer behing my bed in 1998 and I never got it back”.

  3. Thumb up 0

    Please log in to vote

    “you already told me that out in the hall”. I wish reality shows would do that. I lost my retainer a lot to so they glued some to the backs of my teeth. I’m told this is very routine but I think it’s a conspiracy. The government is probably listening to me type right now. They probably know I’m a lesbian and like to visit autostraddle dot com. Robert Gates, if you can read this, please tell me if I have any cavities.

    Riese, You should be proud that you rid yourself of that thing. Say no to teeth conformity! Screw the man! or woman or dentist person!

    • Thumb up 0

      Please log in to vote

      I have a retainer thing glued to the back of my teeth too. And I still have to wear a plastic thing at night. Oh, orthodontia.

  4. Thumb up 0

    Please log in to vote

    “‘you already told me that out in the hall’. I wish reality shows would do that.”
    I agree, which is why I lost it when Riese said that.
    I thought “she’s right. I totally just did.” Silly cameras!

  5. Thumb up 0

    Please log in to vote

    I think this calls for the foundation of the Society for Lady Lovin’ Ladies with Retainers Cemented To Their Teeth. It’s time to raise some awareness. We could be counted as like a minority within a minority and get tax breaks and stuff? ijs.

    • Thumb up 0

      Please log in to vote


      until Autostraddle becomes massively popular, I cannot afford to have straight teeth again. Maybe I should see if Emily choo will let me borrow her built-in retainer. Sometimes I just push on my teeth really hard.

  6. Thumb up 0

    Please log in to vote

    My heart burst when Alex rushed to Tinkerbell’s rescue. This is adorable. More, please.

  7. Thumb up 0

    Please log in to vote

    This is my new favourite part of Autostraddle and I think that it should happen regularly. Alex is such a hero for rushing to save Tinkerbell like that. Give that girl a medal of honour or something.

  8. Thumb up 0

    Please log in to vote

    Wow I haven’t been here in too long! I’m actually helpless with laughter…tinkerbell saved from the jaws of death.

    Please can there be more video? I know you guys are busy, but I miss the vlog days! This stuff makes my college workload so much more bearable!

Comments are closed.