Introducing Autostraddle Social 1.0 : Social Networking For Total Weirdos

Hi! We thought it would be fun if y’all could talk to each other so we installed this plug-in for social networking and now you can! We’re starting out simple but the sky and possibilities lay ahead! In this post, I will tell you how to join in case you can’t figure it out yourself or need to take a xanax or something.

Welcome to Autostraddle Social 1.0™. Here’s a stock photograph to represent this concept, the first of many I will utilize in this post: As this is still in its infancy, please inform tess [at] autostraddle [dot] com if you have a technical issue! We’re aware of the uploading-an-avatar problem.


1. Creating an Account

First, you click “sign up” if you’re not already signed up.

It will ask you some simple questions about yourself. You can answer them, or you can hold your cards up close to your chest, say what you have to and hold back the rest. But really, you’re someone I don’t know, so I’d like to get a firm grip on who you are before I accept your friend request. What if you’re really into cats, or you have a cat, and I’m allergic to cats. Strike one, right? Also, what if you have a duck pond, and I have a duck pond, and nobody has a duck. These are problems lesbians face every day in this country.

After you do this there will be a brand new menu bar for you at the top, filled with portals to additional worlds of imagination.


2. Enhancing Your Profile With More Words

You can make your profile better by uploading a gravatar to (OUR AVATAR UPLOADING THING IS TOTALLY BROKEN, TESS IS FIXING IT) and then by answering additional sets of invasive questions. They are almost all optional, except for like your name.

If at any time a question offends you or you feel as a celiac that you are not represented, please send hate mail.

This is the profile of my daughter, Intern Emily Choo:

There’s so many other questions and you can choose what to hold back… and what to reveal!



3. Groups

Groups are groups, but also groups are forums, in a way. We’re gonna have forums one day but we’re seeing how this goes first. You can join one of them and then talk about all those strange things you do and care about. There are so many. Like if you’re shy, or live in Canada or think you’re the only lesbian in your town, or really like Doctor Who or Glee or play rugby or are straight or live in New York or in Philadelphia or just about anything really.


4. Make Out

So far several people have successfully made it to first base b/c of Autostraddle Social 1.0™


5. Or Don’t, Just Talk

You can message each other! I’ve actually never done this, but I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’s self-explanatory and y’all could figure it out. You know what I like about it? It’s so non-invasive and gentle. I feel like social networking layouts are sort of inherently all-consuming and invasive. I feel like Autostraddle Social 1.0™, or ASS 1.0 for short, is humble, and I appreciate that in an aesthetic.



6. Community

Click this to see what’s happening everywhere. Bookmark it or something!

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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 am enjoying the hell out of Autostradle Social 1.0 and hope to one day have a thriving social community a la the Something Awful forums, without the mysogyny but with the hilarious photoshops.

    (P.S. We are having awesome conversations over in the Lesbrarians group.)

  2. Ok, Question time: I’m trying to sign up and it says only lowercase letters and numbers are allowed. But I’ve seen other (member) names out there with capital letters and spaces! Hmm, how can I do that?

    PS: Thanks for sympathizing with my only child need to have what everyone else has and my obsession with the presentation of words. :)

  3. You guys, I was having the shittiest day and then I came here and read all the ASS jokes and now I feel SO MUCH BETTER! I love you all.

    I’ve been loving the ASS but I am too timid to grab ahold of it and really do something with it (sigh). So feel free to friend me and message me! I am pretty not-shy once I know someone wants to talk to me.

  4. well i would love to join and register but ever scince i signed up months ago the site says my name and password is already in use but refuses to reconise it…same with my e mail there ya go

  5. This is awesome. I may actually use this unlike the Facebook profile I have never updated a single time.

    But, or course I can’t do anything without processing. (Which probably isn’t something you should admit around people you hope will want to talk to you but I’m also pathologically honest.) The first profile question asks for a label and I don’t know how to answer and then it’s like my whole life becomes about it.

    The first couple who met on ASS will probably be getting gay married before I finish my profile. In like a week probably.

  6. Ah, after a hectic and exhausting day, I got to come home and enjoy ASS with all you fine folks. I haven’t yet gotten to the bottom of all this social networking stuff, but I really get behind how cheeky y’all are, you know.

  7. dear powers that be,
    can there be navigation links/buttons on the bottom of the groups page, too? for people like me who have nothing to do but browse groups for hours on end, and yet don’t have time or patience to scroll all the way up to the top to go to the next page of random groups?
    love, abby

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