The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 44, March 2018

Letter From Your Editors

Hello raindrops falling on my head!

This month, Laneia asked us to take a photo of ourselves with our favorite piece of ART in our homes. I cheated and sent a picture I took like a year ago, but I also didn't cheat, because it's still my favorite piece of art in my home!

Top: Alexis, Audrey, Laura, MeyBottom: Laneia, Heather, Carmen, Casey

Top: Molly, Riese, Rachel, RaquelBottom: Stef, Tiara, Vanessa, Valerie

Welcome to all the new Autostraddle Plus members here with us for the first time! We hope you enjoy a full archive of all the Insiders you missed and are up-to-speed regarding the definition of "vodka-water." To be honest this isn't our best Insider ever, but it's still wittier and more radiant than your average everyday Insider. Listen, today I finished listening to my Audible pick of the month — another gripping narrative from my favorite audiobook genre, "terrible heteronormative psychological thriller will anything ever be as good as Gone Girl??" ...

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Riese is the 38-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of 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 2838 articles for us.