The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 39, September 2017

Letter From Your Editors
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As somebody once said at some point, "wherever you go, there you are." This is where we are, posing with objects or near things or in places that possess important geographic clues regarding our whereabouts:

The world is still on fire and things feel scarier and harder every day. I remember a time when we felt inexorably wedded to the news cycle, trying to cover every important thing that happened in our social justice purview regardless of its queer impact. Now our focus has shifted — because there's way too much to cover and because there is incredible journalism and reporting happening in better-funded publications all over the internet and it's best for us to focus on what we're good at and more importantly, capable of. Dark times often inspire big changes, for us (as previously discussed, I think) this has meant a shift in our editorial focus towards quality over quantity. We're making room for staff writers to spend a month on...

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Marie Lyn Bernard, aka Riese, is an award-winning writer, blogger, journalist, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in the midwest, lost her mind in New York City and is currently making it work 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 and The Hazards of Being Female," "Dirty Girls," and "The Best American Erotica of 2007," magazines including Nylon, Marie Claire, GO, Curve, Interlude, and CollegeBound, and all over the web including nerve.com, Jezebel, Queerty, Emily Books and OurChart (RIP). She was the recapper for The L Word Online and host of Showtime’s Lezberado and her personal blog has earned many dubious honors including Best Personal Blog 2008. Riese has spoken about blogging, community-building, feminism, cyberculture and sexuality at places like BlogHer, Yale, New York University, The University of Chicago and The Museum of Sex. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Interlochen Arts Academy and The Olive Garden's week-long training intensive; she enjoys eating foods, having big ideas, reading books & talking to her stuffed dog, Tinkerbell. Also, she's Jewish. Follow her smokin’ hot adventures on twitter. Contact: riese[at]autostraddle.com

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