The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 39, September 2017

Letter From Your Editors
Hello Retro Fits!

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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Riese is the 39-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker 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 2856 articles for us.