The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 51, November 2018

Letter From Your Editors
Hello Winter Wonderlands!

This month we were all supposed to look cozy. I don't know what's going on with Casey feeling cozy in the bathtub of all places, but everybody else seems bundled up in a joyful embrace. Well, except Stef and Rachel who are looking a little intense and not super-joyful. Okay, enough with my show notes.

Top: Laneia // Rachel // Molly // Valerie Ann // Heather // Siobhan // RieseBottom: Sarah // Carrie // Raquel // Stef // Alexis // Carmen // Casey

Today announced they were laying off virtually their entire staff. I would not recommend my lifestyle to anyone, but it's interesting how being so hand-to-mouth and never having had the benefit of investors, we've managed to avoid so many popular publishing pitfalls simply by not being able to afford them. That being said — a good $2 million or so could really transform our site and enable it to grow, but the obscene amounts of money thrown at sites like Mic (who raised $60 mi...

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Riese is the 39-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of 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 2865 articles for us.