Autostraddle Is Maybe Not Working Super Well, WE KNOW

Hello beautiful people! We are in the process of switching to a new server so that the many technical issues you have been telling Riese about in great detail on Formspring will finally come to an end. We hope. Until then, please hold tight and make a collage or take a nap or try out socially interacting with another human being. IT WILL WORK SOON WE LOVE YOU. Jesus God just don’t leave us 4,652 messages on Formspring. WE KNOW. The person you want to talk to is Tess. She can be reached via tess at autostraddle dot com. She is already working to make everything work as well as fast as humanly possible, so maybe just think about sending her haikus or naked pictures. Just kidding don’t do the last one. Or do. In the meantime, Riese has made this for you:









Photography © jmberman1 2009

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Riese is the 40-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in California. 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! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. i have complete faith that yall are doing everything you can to remedy this asap. don’t stress, we all still adore you.

    on another note-


  2. I love these kitty posts, and the panda and koala too. So adorable. I appreciate the visually impacting, well thought out spacing of the type as well. I cannot stop ogling. Obviously autostraddle works for me because I heeded riese’s cry to use firefox……as long as you don’t ask me to trade in my Mac for a pc and use IE, I will love you forever. Also, I know this is not the right post for this comment, but A;ex, please reenact gaga’s BTW dance. Thanks bye.

    • Yep, I pretty much stop functioning once a month, so I know how you guys feel.
      Even though I can’t log in. IDK if this is because of the move, or just my mad c0mputer sk1llZ.

  3. When I tried to read this post yesterday, that’s when the website stopped working for me. Normally I would have been upset, but it was just so ironic that I couldn’t stop laughing. :)

    (But now it’s working again, yay!)

  4. It’s working fine for me…

    Except the only kitten picture I can see is the “I know” one, the others are all broken/not loading, and I’m not sure if that’s intentional or not but it’s appropriate and making me lol

  5. Hey! Hey! I love you guys and, FOR THE RECORD, the only message I left on Formspring while the site was down was to let Riese know that I CAME OUT TO MY PARENTS (while the site was down) and, by the way, they still love me even though I wasn’t 100% certain they would.

    Also, also, something like 19 differant people ‘liked’ or reblogged my coming out story from the Autostraddle Tumblr and that FUCKING WARMED MY HEART LIKE YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE. :)

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