Have you seen Riese’s GRAND OPUS OF LIFE yet? Part #1 of The L Word WTF? ‘Cause you should. It contains many of The L Word‘s most ridiculous moments and is bound to be a [West] Hollywood classic. Also obvs check out Robin & Carlytron at the GLAAD Awards, hobnobbing with all the gay superstars.

1. Defense Secretary says ban on gays in the military won’t end any time soon. This is one of many laws I cannot believe we have in the first place, like is this 1952 or something. (@nytimes)

2. The Bilerco Project is internet hate-crimed by Eastern European Internet Hackers. (@the advocate)

3. Every Monday brings another excruciating segment of The L Word interrogation tapes. Nikki’s turn!

… and I would like to say TOLD YOU SO! Jenny obvs did not steal the negative (her alibi is between Shane’s thighs, duh), she was totally framed. This is the first time I’ve found even ten seconds of pleasure in one of these Interrogation Taps. Howevs, this new information also makes absolutely everything that happened in the finale make even LESS sense, if such a thing was possible. And once again we waste 30 seconds of a three-minute video on footage that we’ve already seen.

4. The world is actually not so much your oyster after all, a writer discovers when she tries her hand (get it?!) at Lesbian Speed-Dating. (@grace the spot)

5. Today in Epic Anti-Feminist Douchebaggery:

6. Check us out, Autostraddle is the website of the week over at eurOut! Yay! (@eurOut, obvs.)

7. The notoriously homophobic and sexist MPAA has slapped Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film Bruno with an NC-17 for a gay sex scene. This means if he wants any theatrical distribution whatsoever, he’s gonna have to cut that shit out. Howevs, he could totes replace it with a man raping a woman or something and get an “R.” I hate the MPAA, they are fascists. That’s all! Love &  Kisses! (@queerty)


riese-icon3from Riese: Mary Gaitskill is one of my top five favorite writers of all time. If you’re not already down with Mary, you still might know her story “Secretary” from Bad Behavior—it was adapted into the Maggie Gyllenhall film by the same name. [Bonus: Gaitskill’s characters generally run the gamut of sexual proclivities, there’s so much to relate to] Her novel Veronica earned a National Book Award nomination in 2005 and! On March 24th she released Don’t Cry: Stories. Obvs I have it on pre-order. Buy it now so we can talk about it. I just tried to write a few sentences about why I love her but everything feels trite. Something about showing the beauty in violence, the poetry in ugliness, etc.

stef-iconfrom Stef: So logistically speaking I should probs be talking about the lineup to this year’s All Points West Festival in Liberty State Park, but honestly I’m kind of nonplussed about the lineup – it’s not bad, but it’ll be a while before they start drawing Coachella-worthy buzz bands. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beastie Boys, Coldplay, a bunch of comedians, Mogwai, We Are Scientists, Lykke Li, basically anybody you probably wanted to see in the last year but didn’t want to ride a ferry for. Well now you can! Anyway, I alternately present to you a music video (a cop-out, I know) by lost treasure Klymaxx, which is amazing because A) um, they’re called Klymaxx, B) It seems to have been shot at the Maxx from Saved by the Bell, C) The dude in it is obvs an AC Slater proto-dude and D) Well, I won’t spoil it, but it’s a line near the end. The song is called Meeting in the Ladies’ Room, and it’s a classic.

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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.

Riese has written 3227 articles for us.

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  1. what, no comments? unacceptable! so… riese, i’m totally with you re interest in feminism. do you read “i blame the patriarchy”? very funny lady. and badass.

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