“To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 303: Lobsters

It’s time for another riveting episode of your favorite podcast, “To L and Back”! I’m gonna start doing the weekly posts on Autostraddle about the podcast a little differently going forward. For Season Three, I started posting out-of-context screenshots to announce each post on our very popular instagram account. I can only post ten on Insta but going forward will present the full bounty (which is generally more like 15) for you here. You can still find the podcast index at the bottom of each post.

A nun riding on a charter bus, wearing nun attire and her mouth slightly open, saying "blessed are you among women." Another nun sits asleep next to her.

Shane stands in the skate shop, wearing a red t-shirt underneath a black blazer. Carmen is standing behind her. Carmen found a vest and says to Shane, "I could totally gig in this vest."

Tina (wearing a white blouse) stands with her back to Bette, who looks angry and is holding Angie. Bette says to Tina, "You know, this is the new McCarthyism," referring to the government trying to censor her beloved art.

Kit and Billy stand in the planet. Kit is wearing a white v-neck shirt and Billy is wearing a white tank top with a skinny white fashion scarf. Billy says to Kit, "Those lactose-intolerant lesbians."

Jenny stands excitedly in the drive way next to a big pick-up truck, with Max standing behind her. Shane (wearing a red t-shirt with her back to the camera) has just arrived, and Jenny shouts excitedly, "Wha-hoo!"

Helena and Tina stand in a big film studio with directors chairs and spotlights shining on a backdrop of clouds. Helena is detailing the success of her publishing company, saying that "We have Styron, Didion, Joyce Carol Oates, Nabokov."

Shane and Carmen sit at the kitchen table inside Shane's house. Max stands next to them. Max has just given Shane and Carmen a present, a jar that is labeled "Cow's Balls". Max takes a ball out of the jar and pops it into his mouth, as Carmen asks skeptically, "Cow's Balls?"


Riese is the 38-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com 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.

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  1. Excellent podcast for a truly cringey episode!
    I did want to point out, however, that Shane is NOT wearing a shirt with a picture of herself on it. It’s actually Iggy Pop (his name and Lust For Life are on the back).
    To be fair, Iggy was looking Very Shane Today!

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