Most Underrated Posts of 2012: The Best In Non-Required Reading

13. More Than Words: Láadan,  by Cara

December 25, 2012

“Tongue-tied readers, meet Láadan, the constructed language designed to let us express ourselves so perfectly that we blow up the patriarchy. “‘More than words’ is right.”

I realize that this just happened like four days ago, but it’s really just so interesting that you must check it out.

14. Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus Wrote A Novel About Britney Spears, by Riese

July 11, 2012

“As a culture, we’re particularly conflicted about adolescent female sexuality, like the moment of becoming a woman — and when there are conference tables of people packaging that moment, it’s like throwing gasoline on the fire.”


15. Latina Queer Democrat Mary Gonzalez Voted Into Texas House of Representatives, by Gabby

May 30, 2012

“Gonzalez honors her Mexican heritage, takes pride in being queer and is studying ways to properly educate and empower others. The combination all of these things makes her more than a candidate; she’s part of a movement.”

Mary Gonzalez

Mary ended up coming out as pansexual/queer in the comments and said it was one the most “real” pieces written about her. The follow-up interview Gabby did with her was also great.

16. Listicle: If You Give A Vegan A Cover Song, by Rachel

March 6, 2012

“Slow Like Brown Rice Syrup”

photo credit: Teatime by House of Sims

photo credit: Teatime by House of Sims

17. Ann Bannon, Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction, by Carolyn

June 15, 2012

“But when the women writers — and there weren’t very many of us, fifteen or twenty were active during that period — when we wrote the books, it was of far more interest to us to explore the characters themselves, the feelings and the emotions and the interconnectedness and the struggle to communicate without offending.”


18. Here/Queer: Boogie Down Bronx Edition, by Gabby

March 20, 2012

“So finding homolicious thangs to do in the Bronx takes a little creativity and some fearlessness. Without exclusively homo safe spots, we’ve got to exist in the open at all times and not give any fucks. But that’s what Bronx life is like for all of us: Not giving ANY fucks. The Bronx is the birthplace of salsa music, hip-hop, break-dancing and the best damn pizza on the planet. Eat that, Brooklyn.”


The thing is that this was fully entertaining in its own right, regardless of your intentions regarding ladies and The Bronx.

19. Charlotte Bunch is Important: The Autostraddle Interview, by Jamie

June 9, 2012

“I think that the dilemma that we as feminists are always facing is when you can get the governments to define one piece [of human rights] that’s a victory, you want to do that but how to make sure that doesn’t start to narrow the whole picture?”


Charlotte Bunch is an out lesbian and an International human rights advocate and organizer, the founder of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers and the author of Passionate Politics: Feminist Theory in Action. It’s a really fascinating interview, talking mainly about how the UN and activists have to negotiate different aspects of the women’s rights and LGBT rights “agenda,” the hierarchy of oppression and other things for smart people who care about important things.

20. The Malaya Project And Liberating Images Of Queer Filipino America, by Whitney

February 20, 2012

“The word “Malaya” means “to be free,” and these images are truly liberating — how often do you see queer people of color feeling proud of themselves, doing well for themselves, and fighting for themselves?”


21. Home Is Where The (Queer) Heart Is, by Fonseca

December 4, 2012

“This is why I’m constantly chasing after other Southern-reared queers; the kind who also had “Home Is Where The Heart Is” wood- or needlework somewhere in their childhood homes; who understand what Allison meant when she wrote, We claim our heritage with a full appreciation of how often it has been disdained; whose bodies are familiar with manual labor; the kind with at least one family recipe that is not a secret but a national treasure which is shown off whenever the opportunity to entertain presents itself.”


22. Six Lesbian Magazines That Changed The World And Then Disappeared, by Riese

September 5, 2012

“Grier would later note that “no woman ever made a dime for her work, and some … worked themselves into a state of mental and physical decline on behalf of the magazine.””


23. Where To Put Vibrators Other Than On Your Naughty Bits, by Ali

October 28, 2012

“When Dr. Queen told me, “I so agree with you about the fuzz, FYI,” it confirmed all our suspicions.”


So practical, so helpful.

24. Carmen’s Concert Diary: Drake In DC, by Carmen

May 28, 2012

“I had left the party earlier in the night to smoke a cigarette with Danny because of my impending anxiety attack about capitalism, and talked a little bit about how weird it felt being in such an unaffirming environment.”


I’m not really into Drake and sort of react with lukewarm enthusiasm to most things we publish that are totally about men with nothing queer going on whatsoever. But this piece was actually just really interesting and good in its own right, seriously.

25. Prairie Homo Companion: Snow is a Gender-Neutral Pronoun, by Malaika

December 13, 2012

It occurred to me that I started feeling cold around the time I started feeling self-conscious, which was at about 12.


Now more timely than ever.

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  1. I’m still thinking about “Snow is a Gender-Neutral Pronoun”. While reading it the first time, I had all these, “Wow, that is a beautiful and amazingly true insight” moments. I don’t think I commented then, I can’t really remember. So, thanks again for the first time Malaika.

  2. So the following parts of this article made me think:
    “but actually deserves even more than 36 comments”
    “is pretty rad, therefore deserving ~50,000 comments”

    So often I read an article and have thoughts and/or feelings about it, but don’t comment. My reasons for not saying anything usually fall into one of five categories.

    1) I don’t have much knowledge of the subject being discussed.
    2) It’s too late to say something by the time I read the article.
    3) There’s already so many intelligent/interesting comments that I feel I have nothing to add.
    4) I have nothing better to say than “OMG this is so cool!”
    5) I’m afraid I’ll sound stupid.

    But this article is making me realize that commenting when I have something to say (even if I feel like it’s stupid) is one of the most important ways of giving back to this community. And that an article with lots of comments isn’t a burden to the author of the article, but rather a way of starting a dialogue with her. Like if everyone says what they think/feel then our whole community can grow.

    So my new New Year’s resolution is to comment on Autostraddle more :P

    • Ha, I am pretty erratic about commenting on articles I like, for pretty much the reasons you outline here. But I just got a new comment today on my article here, and the comment made me glow all over again – as did inclusion in this list. So, thanks Autostraddle and thanks lovely readers! You folks have a great community here, and now I have a whole bunch of reading material that I missed first time round, too.

      • Read your article the first time and loved it, but had to go back today and read it all over again. Seriously SO good

  3. Alright, alright… you snagged me with the adorable wedding wear. To the archives! *capeflutter*

  4. I missed half of these articles, so this reminds me to browse the archive more often.

    PS. The link to “25. Prairie Homo Companion: Snow is a Gender-Neutral Pronoun, by Malaika” does not seem to work?

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