Sometimes when you go outside, things don’t go according to plan.
“Society does not respect women, but that’s the whole thing about lesbianism. Women are literally the whole thing. Women are my foundation”
“I remember writing in my journal and feeling a little bit of childhood falling away.”
When it’s your birthday, you should get to do whatever you want — here are our requests.
Some of us have birthmarks! How neat. Here are our stories about ours.
Your late 20s/early 30s are thought by many to mark your Saturn Return, when Saturn circles back around to the placement it was in when you were born, and generally fucks everything up. Here’s how that went for us!
Nothing stays the same forever, and that includes our bods; here’s the Autostraddle team talking about how they’ve noticed their bodies aging and what that’s like.
“I used to lie about my age to get deals off the kids’ menu. Like, why would we pay an extra five dollars when we all know I’m about to get chicken tenders and it’s only an appetizer if I’m over twelve??”
With Gillian Anderson’s Sex Education landing on Netflix, it feels like the perfect time to gather our TV Team and talk about sex on TV, specifically queer sex on TV, and its evolution over these many years.
“I hadn’t yet come to terms with being a lesbian, so I also spent a lot of time making excuses not to have sex.”
“Amazingly, neither the training bra nor my actual boobs magically solved my very typical and very sad self-image issues.”
“My favorite thing in the world is when people ask if it’s a mood ring so I can say yes.”
We’ve packed and unpacked these items through several apartments, hung them up with care, and regularly touch the sleeves contemplatively although today could be the day. Reader, it’s not going to be the day! The day is not coming. Yet we can’t let go of these garments. Why not!
“I’d actually never even seen a woman in a blazer before. Like a men’s cut blazer. It really was like Fun Home. Inside I really did feel like I KNOW YOU!”
“I’m adult and I’ve never cried over a haircut before and I don’t usually call my mom when I’m sad or frustrated or mad. She asked to see a photo of it. I sent her one and she asked me if the man hated queers, because this was clearly a hate crime.”
“Ultimately, though, no one really wins, because to have won you’ve had to scream ‘peel’ on repeat until everyone hates you.”
These are the things that are gone from our lives now but we still think about and miss all the time.
A reader requested a roundtable where Autostraddle’s fat staff talk about how fatness, diet culture, and body positivity, relate to our queerness, identity, and gender. We aim to please, so here we are!
Forgiveness may be an attribute of the strong, but we also have the memory of an elephant.
Raise your hand if you will buy all the school supplies whether or not you’re actually in school at the moment.