The Comment Awards Are Puzzling It Out

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Hi there, princesses and plumbers! I hope you all had a glorious Halloween! Milo and I were Yoshi and Mario, and I’d like to give a special shout out to the kid who saw us while trick-or-treating, absolutely lit up, and shouted “IT’S LUIGI!!!!”

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So much happened this week! You all absolutely showed UP for the fundraiser, raising what we needed in five short days!!!! Along the way, we learned how to blow up your life from Carmen, we heard from Sai about solidarity in queer parenthood, and we confirmed precisely how serious Sally is.

And we got puzzles!!!!!!!! There have been five already and I am so hooked!!!!

Riese asked an important question: Why is Season 3 of “Love is Blind” So Heterosexual?

Dani Janae celebrated the power of being alone but not lonely as she turned 30.

Vanessa taught us how to meal plan without stressing ourselves out or triggering any restrictive behaviors. Truly a gift!

I got to talk to Blair Braverman ahead of the release of her new novelSmall Game! This conversation was SO much fun.

shea had this gorgeous review of Fatimah Asghar’s book, When We Were Sisters.

Niko wrote the essay she wanted to write in the first place.

And then there were your comments!


On How To Blow Up Your Life:

The Narrative Arc Award to Caitlin:

this is such a lovely summary of why autostraddle matters so much to me! also love the ‘hanging out in the comments so much heather hogan offered me a freelance job’ to ‘editor in chief’ arc, that’s the rags to riches queer story we deserve !

On Why is Season 3 of “Love is Blind” So Heterosexual?

The Green Velvet Sofa Award to Shira:

This was the queer content I needed today. I wanted gay vibes from this season and didn’t get them! ALSO, I do propose that our dear SK qualifies for one additional gay lady point because of a Green Velvet Couch. Anyone else, confirm or deny the viewing of this couch? It went by so fast, as if the producers had no idea this was a key plot point

On I Will Always Steal These 10 Candies From My Kid’s Trick or Treat Bucket:

The Mama Tax Award to :) and Sollemnia:

My kids are too old now for trick or treating, but I always used to love applying the “mama tax” on anything dark chocolate (which they didn’t like anyway)—midnight milky ways were a favorite. And I love Halloween Baby Ruth bars even though I’m pretty sure I’ve never paid for one in my life or eaten it outside of a trick or treat stash.

On Guessing Game: Practically Flagging:

The Ring of Keys Award to Kate:

This was fun! It took me more tries than it should have because I assumed I wouldn’t get the reference (as a middle-aged lesbian), but I did! Thanks for making it Gen-X dyke-friendly!

And the Hole in One Award to Kate:

Practically Flagging 🟢🟢🟢🟢–🟢🟢–🟢🟢🟢🟢

On Pop Culture Fix: Tig Notaro and Emma Watson to Play Pickleball Together on TV:

The What You Missed on Glee! Award to alyssa:

How is it that every new thing I learn about Ryan Murphy is somehow worst than the last new thing I learned about Ryan Murphy?

On Cate Blanchett Is Bewitching But Her Lesbian Symphony Movie Is Tár-ible:

The Monsters, Inc. Award to Deli Twotone:

I loved this movie so much ! And as with Carol I think it’s worth several re-watches to catch all the circular references. And the imagery ! So evocative. Lydia created herself out of nothing, because of music. Sure, she got caught up in all the corruption. But she reconnects with her origins at the end and is able to do a kind of a reset, I think. I just erased a bunch of spoilers but I’ll leave this one. At the end, she’s playing to an audience of monsters, she herself having just realized that she is one. I found that just so perfect a statement.

And on Word Search: Dana Fairbanks Memorial Tavern:

The Referral? Award to hihello, Linnea, and Caty:

can i just say i am extremely excited about the puzzle content happening here as for this one, i’m not sure 5:21 is a time to be proud of OR what it says that ‘therapy’ was the last word i found, but i had fun/perhaps the real word search is the portmanteaus we made along the way/thanks for the memories etc etc



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Darcy

Darcy, a.k.a. Queer Girl, is your number one fan. She's a fat feminist from California who doodles hearts in the corners of her Gay Agenda. They're living through a pandemic, they're on Twitter, and they think you should drink more water! She also wants to make you laugh.

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