Daily Fix: Wholesome, Lubed, Funny, C*nty, Powerful, Speedy, Risky and Strong.

All weekend A;ex [via Riese-in-Ohio] has been live-blogging Dinah Shore. If you missed this breathtaking coverage of Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, lube wrestling, White Parties, Rock Band and Autostraddle fans in bikinis … you should probs catch up now. Work shmirk. Employment is so 2008. I mean. 1998?

Also! You know Logo the Gay Channel? Well, they’re  airing The L Word Season Three [Trail of Tears] now. Therefore Logo has begun rolling out these amazing “What the L is going on?” promos … Guess who made those? OK, I’ll tell you: Carlytron! Witness them on your TV if you can, and then tell us how lucky we are to have her on our team.

0. Amazing interview with L Word co-creators Michelle Abbot and Kathy Greenberg at AfterEllen!

1. “The ruling on gay marriage by Iowa’s Supreme Court is a refreshing message of fairness and common sense from the nation’s heartland.” (@ny times)

2. British soap Coronation Street‘s born-again Christian character Sophie is about to “dump her wholesome image” and go gay! She’ll be the show’s first lesbian character. I wasn’t aware “wholesome” and “gay” were mutually exclusive. Although our Dinah Shore coverage would suggest otherwise. (@telegraph uk)

3. Apparently, lesbians make America laugh. Why? (Sub-question: I don’t know MAYBE WOMEN ARE FUNNY AFTER ALL!?!!?) (@queerty)

4. A Harvey Milk High School teacher explains how his GLBT Students made him love “the C-bomb.” (@nerve)

5. Canada’s “secret” plan to “save” figure skating is to “make it seem less gay” by emphasizing words like “strength,” “power,” “speed” and “risk.” I feel like this campaign could’ve been much better handled by Brian Kinney, who embodies all those words in the backroom of Babylon, among others … wtf. (@business insider)

6. Young voters push for same sex marriage. (@the denver post)

7. Hey-o! Who’s that on Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch? Um, AUTOSTRADDLE! L’WTAWESOME! (@popwatchanniebarretisawesome)

8. I’m sure there will be a new Interrogation Tape tomorrow. Edge of my seat. Really, I’m barely even sitting on it anymore. I hope someone tells me where the F Marc is. UPDATE: Here it is! It’s Max. It might be the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.


stef-iconFrom Stef: Oh no. I wanted so badly to love the new Tori Amos video for “Welcome to England” but umm… I don’t. The song is pleasant enough, but hardly top Tori quality. Regardless, bitch looks good, she’s still an incredible songwriter, and the new record “Abnormally Attracted to Sin” is still probs pretty sweet. Between this and the new PJ Harvey album, I feel like I’m 15 again – in a good way.

carly-icon2From Carly: Looking for one site that will help you organize all of your different social networking profiles? Look no further: Skimmer is a social aggregator for all of your Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube and Bebo activities. Cool Hunting has a report here.

crystal-iconFrom Crystal: Offbeat Earth has a page dedicated to awesome sculptures that have been created from books.


riese-icon3From Riese: I really want to see Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winning documentary “We Live in Public,” which charts the rise and fall of “Warhol of the Web” Joshua Harris, a 90’s dot-com millionaire who used his earnings to fund surveillance-themed experimental art projects like the film QUIET, which “proved how, in the not-so-distant future of life online, we will willingly trade our privacy for the connection and recognition we all deeply desire.” Read about the film in The Wall Street Journal and watch streaming live video from WLIP’s NYC screenings tonight (April 6th) at 5, 7:30 and 10pm at the film’s website.

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com 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 Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, 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. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  2. Those sculptures are incredible, I’m in love.

    I’ve been reading this site since it started (I came back several times that Sunday to check if it was up), and I love it. It’s extremely entertaining and ruining my grades. You suck at updating your blog, though, Riese.

    • Hey weirdo, I updated my blog 3-8 times a week for three years! In addition to writing the l word recaps and so forth. So y’know, I’m okay with sucking for the first time ever in order to make the magic of Autostraddle happen. Anyhow, I’m glad you are enjoying AS, bc I am yayayyyy! Grades are overrated, I got great grades and I’m unemployed (until we make this dream a reality) and suck at updating my blog now. So you should probs just focus on important things instead like Autostraddle, obvs.

  3. this is not a useful contribution unless you live in melbourne, but the platform artist group currently have on display some really amazing sculptures made from books, and also some other amazing things made from paper and paperclips and rulers and protractors? what’s a protractor again? sounds like maths. either way, its pretty.

    go look at it. (campbell arcade, aka flinders/degraves subway)


    • That site is rad. I loved the “She’ll be Rite” street sign.
      I always share stuff that is useless unless you live in Sydney, it really is about time someone did that for Melbourne. So thank you.

  4. I loved the interview on AfterEllen.

    Re the finale:

    “I thought it was consistent with everything we had come to expect from The L Word.”

    True dat.

  5. After reading that interview on AfterEllen, I am filled with such a sense of understanding/closure. Finally, I get how the show started with such good characters/storytelling and bombed into such utter shit with random small peeks of goodness (brought on by such creative types as Angela Robinson)- the concept was never Ilene’s. This explains so much to me as I have been wondering for -oh- about 5 years now how a person could have had one really good flash of creativity and then flame out so bad. Hallelujah, I finally get it!

    I’m just sad we didn’t get to actually see their show.

    • I’m soooo glad that the information is out there — it’s stuff a lot of us have known for a while but has all been OTR or second-hand. So major props to Kim for getting that interview, defo offered well-needed perspective.

      … I’m hopeful that we will get to see their show? A girl can dream.

  6. That Iowa Supreme Court ruling where the state made a statement about fairness was so refreshing. I hope it encourages other states to follow and think of it as a civil rights issue, not a moral one.

    • I love that NY Times piece, it was very well said. And agreed re: civil rights as opposed to it being a “moral” issue.

  7. I TOTALLY concur with “animeeyez”. How the hell could L Word, Seasons 1 & 2, which were brilliant, end up being the pile of fuming crap the L Word became in Season 6?

    I sure hope Michele Abbott and Kathy Greenberg got HUGE percentages and royalties from Showtime – if not? SUE IFC’s and Showtime’s asses! I agree that the “show stopped being a show and became a brand/commodity” after seasons 1&2 –

    And the Dana breast cancer/death storyline ACTUALLY being based on one of these Creators, and IFC killing off Dana (Erin Daniels)??? FU IFC – I hate you even more than I possibly ever could….I’m sure Michelle & Kathy agree!

    This interview explains so much shit that went down – ty so much for the awesome interview, AfterEllen….

    So much makes sense now. You know I can’t wait to see what Michelle & Kathy create next and hopefully IFC won’t be involved in it, nor Showtime….if L Word would’ve been able to develop via their way? What an even more incredible show it could’ve been.

    The Karaoke bar Jennifer Beals dancing thing was classic! Sounds like a great time…!

    I’m sure the actresses of the L Word were also disappointed with the flaming pile of doo doo the L Word became when it had started off so well…

    I give HUGE kudos to the actors/actresses who put up with IFC’s crap and attempt at “writing” (and I use that term loosely when it comes to IFC).

  8. OMG – the Max Sweeney tape was absolutely the most stupidest thing I’ve seen in my life (so sorry Danielle Sea – my heart weeps for you)….

  9. I mentioned the Iowa news to a couple of fellow political scientists (who are all for gays getting the rights they deserve as Americans), and they weren’t completely convinced that this is serious progress. I wonder if people realize how big of a deal Iowa is. They’re generally pretty quiet on social issues, but when they make a statement (like this ban), other states follow. The question is how long will it take the other states to follow. So reading that NYTimes editorial makes me feel like I wrote it even though I know I did not…

    This week’s interrogation tape is the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. So sad…

  10. I don’t even have words for that interrogation tape.
    Really…did that just happen?
    Here I thought Max might be moping about something important and vital to the plot.
    (If there is one. The world will never know!)
    Ohh nooo nooo it’s about a stinkin toothbrush!

    P.S. Thanks for the WLIP link. I’m gunna have to watch that tonight. :D

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