The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 32, February 2017

Letter From Your Editors
Hello!

Look, this is us, seeing red (and pink), just like the classic Uh Huh Her song "Seeing Red":

1st Row: Alaina, Stef, Valerie, Carolyn & Shannon, Molly, Aisha2nd Row: Raquel, Casey, Kayla, Rachel, Crystal, Molly3rd Row: Carrie, Beth, Erin, Nikki, Riese, Mey4th Row: Heather Hogan, Siobhan, Ali, Laura, Heather Davidson, Laneia

Every day hurls another fresh danger into the light, every day we wonder is this it, every day we do our best to get up and get through it and maybe build some light of our own. Also; every day we feel stressed about our current lack of a Fashion/Style/Beauty editor. We're gonna fix that soon. Keep your eyes peeled for a call for applications as we attempt to fill a few of the holes that have sprung up in our ship over the last few months.

I'll tell you what, though: I'm still recovering from Monday, February 27th, a day in which we published so many good articles that we could've quit this whole charade last night and...

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Riese is the 37-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. 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.

Riese has written 2781 articles for us.