The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 47, July 2018

Letter From Your Editors
Hello Thirst Traps!

This past month, Vanessa ranked ten floors she had recently lied upon. We found this activity downright inspirational. Feel free to share photos of yourself lying on the floor in the comments. Really lean in to this catastrophe summer. Feel yourself. As one might argue if one cared about astrology (I do not): it's Leo season!

1st row: Al, Rachel, Stef, Heather2nd row: Riese, Carmen, Cameron, Vanessa3rd row: Audrey, Yvonne, Lex, Casey4th row: Sarah, Tiara, Laneia, Kayla

I spent the top of this month in Portland, sitting at a table with Cee and Sarah while we made plans for the future, including some new layout things and an A+ member drive, and also they tinkered, bit by bit, with our current design — specifically: changing fonts and how categories are displayed on the front page and the drop-down in the sidebar and a few other things too. "The website looks amazing," said Yvonne. "It's like a cool drink of water." We feel the same:...

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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, 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]

Riese has written 2893 articles for us.