Talking, laughing, loving, breathing, fighting, fucking, crying, drinking, writing, winning, losing, cheating, kissing, thinking, dreaming, this is the way, it’s the way that we laugh, it’s the way that we laugh… and lovvvvvvvve.
(Oh, don’t like the new intro? Oh well. I was thinking I would just keep it for THE NEXT FIVE SEASONS).
This week, Martha Kirksey did what she could.
Nora brought us such a good installation of Style Thief! Jazzmyne Robbins is amazing.
Amazons training on the island would totally buy everything on this Amazon Prime Day list.
Faith reviewed GLOW, a show that’s suspiciously straight for how incredibly gay it is.
I don’t know if you heard, but there used to be this show about lesbians called The L Word, and I guess a few people watched it? Anyway, they’re bringing it back.
Reneice made strawberry shortcake for her new column, Femme Brûlée. I am so excited for this and the title is so good!
And then there were your comments!
On This Is You: Some Things The 2016 Autostraddle Survey Told Us About You:
The Peekaboo Award to Stephanie:
On No Filter: Brittani Nichols Goes Full Portland:
The Style Thief Award to Sam:
On Sorry, A 19th Century Woman Already Has the Best Tombstone:
The Vaguetombing Award to Chandra:
And the Queer Morgue City Guide to Katy with a Y:
On BREAKING: “The L Word” Is Getting A Reboot, Bless Us Everyone:
The Fake News Award to Allison:
The Very Cool L Word Award to verycoolname:
And the One Ilene to Rule Them All Award to Carmen SanDiego:
On What Actually Useful Things Did You Learn From Your Exes?
The How You Doin’ Award to Elle:
On “Orphan Black” Episode 505 Recap: Defy Them:
The You Came in Like a Firework Award to willow rose:
And on Queer Celebrities! They’re Just As Weirdly Giddy About “The L Word” Reboot As You Are!
The Fahrenheit 45L Award to Valerie Anne:
See a funny or amazing comment that needs to be here? E-mail me at queergirlblogs [at] gmail [dot] com!
Omg, I’m in the comment awards! I’m going to award myself an assist on the “Style Thief Award.” ;)
Lucky your comment was so important! We all know how to dress like Mallory thanks to you!
I wouldn’t even have known I had the same shirt as Mallory (and you) without you, Lucky#19! Invaluable contribution.
bahahaha thank you for awarding me for having way too many feelings <3
When I read “the number of people like “I WANT TO HELP MAKE THIS NOT A GARBAGE FIRE” I lol’d at my desk. It’s so trueeeee
That line was worthy of a comment award all by itself
Katy with a “y” wins the internet.
I hope Martha’s happy for the attention!
The facial expression is perfect.
I think Martha would approve.
Ha! Y’all are too much, now I feel like I’ve peaked too soon.
Thankfully Martha wasn’t too hard to find. I can now confirm after spending the better part of the day outside in what my weather app would describe as “oppressive heat” that “she did what she could” is the MOST appropriate inscription for anyone living that far south before the invention of modern amenities and breathable fabrics.
I WONDER WHAT STEPHANIE’S UP TO THESE DAYS
Come out and plaaaaay
Poor Stephanie, trying to lurk in peace
Haha oh god we get creepier and creepier
Thanks for providing me the opportunity to cameo in the comment awards, Stephanie! Don’t ghost us now. Carmen and Chandra are NOT to be disappointed.
Hey y’all ? just living my best life as a teacher on summer break commenting on Autostraddle and trying not to text everyone I know about my very first comment award!!
Can we also all collectively nominate you queer girl, for being such an amazing host?
Queer girl: unlike religion, politics or whether to have peanut butter AND butter on toast, the indisputable choice!
+1 Best Host Award
(But also peanut butter AND butter always. Also indisputable)
Oh god Chandra no!
Peanut butter OR butter, don’t @ me
WELCOME TO THE COMMENT AWARDS WHERE WE FIGHT ABOUT FOOD
What if I told you that peanut butter is way overrated and truly not that great?
Jam is the superior choice.
Carmen that’s acceptable but only if you still like peanut butter cups.
Peanut butter cups are ok
Riese >>>> Reese’s
Hang on I feel like I never saw the resolution to the yolk wars and now there seems to be food battles on multiple fronts.
I CAN’T KEEP UP. THIS CONFLICT IS TEARING FAMILIES AND FOOD GROUPS APART.
Also, inspired by Chandra’s gif: Is Whip It the most disappointingly somehow not gay film ever?
Note: Ellen Page having zero chemistry with a male romantic lead does not make a film gay.
Sally: I love Whip It! And yes, it deserves to be gay.
I read the book and honestly there was something a little bit no-homo about it? Like there was this one paragraph that stuck with me, from the first time she sees the skater she idolizes, it’s like “I loved her. NOT IN A ROMANTIC WAY, but in the way that…” blah blah. It seemed a bit over the top from just descriptive? I don’t know, I could’ve been overreacting, but considering the sport, both the book and the movie should’ve been gayer!
And yes, I for one demand ideological purity in our community, down with the hard yolks and peanut butter-butter sandwiches! Just kidding, I love you all, I can’t even jokingly be mean, you guys mean too much to me.
I CAN BE JOKINGLY MEAN but it’s also ’cause I love you all and I come from a long line of people who bond through teasing.
As for Whip It, this is all I have to say about that:
Holy shit, Chandra, I’d forgotten about those.
I’m bad at teasing because I’m like “haha here’s a barb that won’t even sunburn you” – waits one second – “are you ok? do you need some water or some lotion? I love you, I’m sorry”
Lol. If being unable to be mean to people is your biggest flaw, I’d say you’re doing fine :)
Nop, sorry, @carmensandiego, Dulce de Leche is the best thing on earth
@freakazoid1980 I 700% agree. You guys have amazing dulce de leche. But between peanut butter and jam I’ll take jam every time
*slides into the food fight like stealing a base*
ALMOND BUTTER IS THE BEST BUTTER
@gunna-see-the-light GARLIC BUTTER IS THE BEST BUTTER I WILL FIGHT YOU
We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. I will never surrender because GARLIC BUTTER, DAMMIT
Wait wait WAIT. The whole problem with this debate is the false equivalency between actual butter and nut “butters”. They aren’t the same, there’s no comparison! Nut butters don’t contain any butter! THAT’S WHY YOU CAN AND SHOULD HAVE BOTH ON TOAST.
So in conclusion:
Peanut butter & butter – yes.
Almond butter & butter – yes.
Garlic butter – yes.
More butter with everything – yes.
The answer to “should you butter” is always YES.
Garlic butter has it’s own category to me.
For in my family garlic is the spice of our lives, it goes on all of the non-dessert type foods.
I can live with an allergy to onions and restricting my onion intake, but without garlic I would most surely perish.
There’s like 3 Sicilian words I know and only one I think I can spell which is more that I can say of some my cousins so the excessive use (there is no such thing) of garlic is how we commune with our ancestors everyday.
Can only do the insanity that is homemade cuccidati once a year after all. :P
Also I meant to say almond butter is the best nut butter but I type faster than my brain.
As Dan Savage would say “it gets butter”
@gunna-see-the-light if you’re ever in LA or San Francisco you should visit this place
@gunna-see-the-light Re. dessert, have you ever tried garlic chocolate chip cookies though?
@carmensandiego You butter nut lettuce cashew quoting Dan Savage around here
@chandra golf clap
I don’t know how we’re even having this conversation when there’s Nutella, clearly and absolutely the undisputed winner of all bread spreads. ?♀️
With butter, btw.
I love Nutella, I spent 3 days eating nothing but Nutella and bread when I ran out of money in Berlin while backpacking but I have to say dulce de leche > Nutella.
Cause some of us are allergic to some of the additives in Nutella, also it wasted on bread which is perfectly gorgeous by itself. It belongs on waffles for eggo waffle sammiches, the 3am meal/snack/maybe breakfast of champions and Stranger Things binge watchers.
YES amidola, I like your thinking
I’ll have my waffles with Nutella and strawberries on top, thanks
Awww Snaelle! <3
No to the butter, yes to the host. Absolutely.
Best application of butter is in the making of lemon curd which is the best thing on toast forever amen. Sweet, fruity sourness and thicc richness all at the same time.
People use lemon curd in pie pastry things too which is also great.
Omg Lex, I was reading this thread thinking ‘it doesn’t matter, no one will agree that lemon curd and butter is the best thing on toast, but I know it in my heart’.
But here you are, my food twin. My angel.
Cher get wise, I’m clearly a devil disguise. ;)
When I told three of my straight friends that they are bringing back the L word, I was meet with three blank, vaguely guilty stares.
Turns out they thought i meant that gay women were reclaiming the word lesbian, and that atm it should only be referred to as ‘the L word’ and that they had been very offensive to every lesbian they have ever met by saying it outloud.
Straight people are so cute sometimes.
What does it say about me that I want to try this on people now
The idea of some sweet earnest people going “oh god, were we not supposed to say lesbian all this time?” is adorable.
“One Ilene to rule them all” made me laugh out loud and woke up my dog
Hehe it is my ambition to wake up all the dogs
Who woke the dogs up?
Who who who who who
I don’t know if I’m expecting the answer to change or if I just keep blocking out the truth, but I’ve googled “is Jennifer Beals really straight?” six times since the reboot was announced.
this is a valid life choice!
I am honored y’all were so receptive to my cast list. In the interest of being more representative (something the actual L Word writers should focus on…) here’s a handful of non-cis people that should be involved with the show in some capacity:
*Kaitlyn Alexander. If they’re going to film in Toronto again there’s no reason not to, honestly.
*Asia Kate Dillon. Best known for playing one of the neo-Nazi assholes on OITNB, but they also play a nonbinary character on the show Billions and they do an amazing job, so.
*Jiz Lee. I shouldn’t really have to explain this any further.
*I already said Amandla Stenberg should play Angelica, so here I am reiterating it. #MakeAngelicaNonBinary2K17
*Mal Blum and Allison Weiss team up to write a theme song that doesn’t make me want to die.
Verycool I appreciate that you are taking this responsibility seriously, and these are very important choices.
I walked into Kaitlyn Alexander in Tim Hortons in Glasgow on Canada Day the other week. I have no story to add, just bragging really.
Not to dismiss Kaitlyn Alexander’s appearance but since when did Tim Horton’s make it over here?!!
I wonder if the one in Glasgow has worked out how to make a deep-fried double double yet.
Yes Sally! I dunno about a deep fried double double, or even what that is, but they opened a few months ago and are starting to open more in Scotland over the summer. I think theyre planning for England before the end of the year.
Umm I’m Canadian and I don’t know what a deep-fried double double is either, unless someone has figured out a way to deep-fry coffee.
The idea here is that Scottish people will attempt to deep fry anything.
Relatedly, I’m sure I sure signs for deep-fried Coke at a state fair somewhere in the states.
OMG I MADE THE COMMENT AWARDS!!!!!!
I’d like to thank the ladies and gents of the straddleverse, I would never have made it if it wasnt for you. (Call me sometime)
The reboot comments were spectacular.
I’m so excited I’m now going to be able to share the (hopefully awesome) experience of this show with the Autostraddle community (I was six when the first episode aired so I watched it relatively recently and all by my lonesome).
My expectations are already dangerously high, but maybe that’s the only way to live. At least it is for Taylor Swift, and now she is filthy rich and dating Victoria Secret models. I may not have the power of song within me, but still.
Taylor Swift is dating Victoria’s Secret models?
Oh lord, I was 20 when The L Word started. I feel so old!!
I was 20 too!
I love your commitment to making #OlderStraddle a thing
I love #OlderStraddle!
If I was 18 when The L Word started, does that still make me old enough to qualify for #OlderStraddle?? I feel old! Am I without community? Is #In-BetweenStraddle a thing??
I think #Olderstraddle is a state of mind! So, yes!
“#OlderStraddle is a state of mind” should be Autostraddle’s next tee shirt design.
I’m 20 now, so I feel like this is a circle of life thing.
(Wherein Rafiki is Ilene Chaiken)
Maybe this will be our lives now. Every 15 years there’ll be a The L Word reboot, and a fresh batch of baby queers will aggressively Tumblr GIF the heck out of it.
If Rafiki is Ilene Chaiken does that mean that someone that people thought was dead will come back to take their rightful place, like Simba?
Oh I hope it’s Dana (or Mr Piddles), if it’s Jenny I’ll be so pissed
Who killed Jenny? Mister Piddles
#OlderStraddle: we are mommi
I was 34 and somehow I missed it completely. Not committed to watching the reboot but definitely looking forward to the recaps.
And yay for #olderStraddle
#olderstraddle partying in the comments section on a Friday night in PJ’s on the couch.
That’s uncanny. All that was missing from that description was the dog
Ditto Carmen except cat
Party like a Mommi
I was 50 when the L Word first screened. Am I eligible for Olderstraddle or am I destined to continue to languish in Prehistorystraddle?
Yay more OlderStraddlers
#OlderStraddle? Count me in!
A great week in the comments! Huzzah!
Every week is a great week in the comments, which is why I don’t understand a 65% of readers that never comment. But then again you do you
Whenever I see an unusually high comment count and it isn’t a biphobic flame war, I assume it must be a case of MRA trolls getting lost.
I’m beyond delighted that in this case it’s because of cordial dialectic on multiple butter application, and everyone wanting to be old.
Join us next week on the Comment Awards when we discuss if pineapple does or does not go on pizza.
Uh oh! that could get heated
Will it be heated in a wood-fired pizza oven? Hmmmm yummy
Pineapple ONLY goes on pizza. Or in piña coladas.
If the group of us ever shares a cafeteria table at A-Camp there’s going to be trouble.
Pineapple ham and cheese sandwiches! Pineapple, pork ham and cheese sandwiches too!
Remove the meat, flatten the bread into a crust, add tomato sauce, mushrooms and olives and we’re basically on the same page here ok
Oh, don’t worry about the cafeteria at A-Camp. We would all be on the same side firmly against the food, believe me.
Does & it’s not pizza without it
The only use for pineapple on a pizza is as a projectile lobbed at whoever thought it was acceptable to ruin an otherwise-perfect foodstuff with slimy carbuncles.
How could you… I never expected… I am shocked…
Pineapple is delicious on pizza but you guys, I think “Canadian bacon” is just ham with a fancy name! ?
Lol! I leave for 12 hrs and it looks like the pineapple debate is well underway ?
Sally, I feel you on this one!!
Queer girl I see that you are trying to provoke me but it’s not going to work because I don’t care about meat. *files nails*
COMMENT AWARD!!!! Yay!
I was moving yesterday and so missed this, but I feel like I’ve made it on Autostraddle now. :)