Listling Without Commentary: Your Really Special And Often Edible Ideas For A Better Autostraddle

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In our 2012 Reader Survey, we asked you so many questions. One of them was, “if you could add anything to Autostraddle, what would it be?”. Your answers were plentiful and useful and abundant and many of them we’ve already put into action, including overarching requests for more merchmeet-ups, personal essays, masculine-of-center stuff, sex, and perspectives from the South. There’s stuff we’re working on, too, like a faster, better-designed website, more essays from mememememe (there will be a new regular debuting soon, stay tuned), more international news, more trans* women contributors and more articles on ‘adult shit’ like home decorating. You also pointed out holes in our team that also drive us absolutely crazy and I would stick my hand in a food processor to fix tomorrow; like that only 35% of the women who write most frequently for this site are of color, that we lack a United Kingdom correspondent and that we don’t have any regular writers over the age of 35. Luckily we have this big bright future thing ahead of us and will hopefully accomplish all our goals.

But a lot of you thought way outside the box and came up with some really inventive ideas we’re definitely writing down on our whiteboard. Today I will share some of these brilliant offerings with you.

Really Special Suggestions For What You’d Add To Autostraddle:

  1. an official Autostraddle Pizza Delivery System
  2. more cheese-based goods
  3. moar cowbell
  4. Kristen Stewart as editor
  5. a wedding ring to be wed to me forever and ever.
  6. improved cat accessibility
  7. a pony
  8. koalas
  9. free cats
  10. free unicorns for everyone
  11. probs more butts
  12. a piñata
  13. more commenters on bi content who aren’t assholes
  14. video blogs with Megan Rapinoe
  15. a cupcake dispenser
  16. hot sauce
  17. grilled cheese
  18. myself in a cuddle puddle with Autostraddle staff
  19. Daily reports of what Sara Quin is doing. You know, in her day to day life. Perhaps you could hire someone to spy on her constantly. Im available to hack email accounts, tap phone lines, etc. Contact me for more information.
  20. a “find Me a Girlfriendwp_postsbutton
  21. a time-portal so I could read it all day and not use up work time
  22. hot girls who would pop out of my computer and hand feed me Nutella as I browsed the internet.
  23. a way to make all the team members pop out of my computer and give me hugs when i’m feeling down
  24. 3-D capabilities. for petting the whiskey kittehs, of course. not just the boobs.
  25. a teleporter
  26. the smell of baked goods
  27. the ability to order free nacho delivery
  28. an explanation as to why all queers are allergic to gluten
  29. a girl to lay in bed and read it with me.

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder 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. 13 doesn’t seem too ridiculous, I actually would like more bi content in general. 17 is excellent tho, grilled cheese would totally improve Autostraddle. GRILLED CHEESE IS ALMIGHTY AND IMPROVES EVERYTHING.

    • Chickpea bread!
      Also a variety of other non-gluten things made into bread!
      It’s definitely doable.
      Now overcoming the “many of those are also vegans” issue? Slightly more problematic. When does it cease to actually be grilled cheese? I think if it’s almond cheese on chickpea bread… it’s a whole different thing!

  2. With a wee bit of work, a frisky gluten-free grilled cheese is indeed possible. Sometimes I rock out with a good GF bread mix and make a baguette, devour half immediately, then make the other half into a grilled cheese (yep, my weekends are wild).

    The magic word: brie.

    Oh yeah. I went there. (And we should all go there, there’s no reason why we can’t all have a fabulous allergen-free festival of grilled food! A meal so good, you have to undo the top button of your jeans like at Thanksgiving!)

    And now, I have to go eat. These AS articles make me hungry sometimes.

  3. i think 11 might have been me? i’m not sure, because my memory is basically as dodgy as a boat constructed out of swiss cheese. (sidenote: that would be delicious) i think i remember answering most questions with a comment about butts because i am that particular kind of person? even if it wasn’t me, i am 100% behind this sentiment. more butts for everyone! yay, butts.

  4. Speaking of Nutella, it took me an embarassingly long time to realise that the stuff that one finds in Ferrero Rocher and the stuff that is known as Nutella are THE SAME.

    Also, if you eat nutella with certain sorts of crackers, it can taste as if you’re eating a Ferrero Rocher (the student version).

  5. I’d love to see some more British stuff, sometimes there’s American words I don’t quite understand.
    Like what is Mod Podge? I have literally never heard of it, I googled it and sounds like it’s a brand of PVA glue, but does that make it the same as any old bottle of PVA, or is there something added that I’m missing?

  6. I am loving the new content, especially the personal essays (especially especially the masculine-of-centre ones).

    I have long thought autostraddle needed a match making service and would love to go to a UK A-camp. Could even help organise that – I have a few years guiding under my belt. I also vote for 13 and 25!

  7. I think a few more WOC and definitely above 35 writers. I like the new content too, but there’s something almost too cohesive about it. To tell the truth, I’m a bit wistful for AS’s salad days. I swear I’m not trying to be a dick, but there’s something missing when I come to read these days.

  8. * i have an idea for an app: in time of need you push a button and alex gets delivered to your girlfriends’ house and does her ‘call your girlfriend’ dance routine. it would make breaking up with somebody less painful for most people involved!

  9. I have nothing to contribute here, except that in reading the title, next to the picture of the cute butt, my brain created some strange portmanteau of “idea” and “derriere”
    something along the lines of “iderriere”

  10. Editors who check for bi inclusion. (Sorry this is my third comment about this in three days, but just why? Why is this happening?) Happy to take cash for the emotional labor of adding “you forgot the B” btw.

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