Monday, July 27, 2009

I Want Directions, Helpful HInts and Also. Also. Also I have a Tumblr now.

What should I write a blog post about? Write a comment and ask me a question. Then I will answer your questions in 'another blog post.' I realize by 'asking you to ask me questions' I am acting like 'someone who thinks they are important' or 'someone who has 'answers.'' I'm not, I'm just 'someone who isn't sure about stuff' but 'doesn't want to feel bad for' 'never blogging.'

Hopefully someone will ask me "what is symbolic annihilation?" which I love to talk about. "What shampoo do you use?" Maybe it will be silence, like in the song by Simon & Garfunkel, which will be affirming. I want to write something that people will want to read. Maybe no-one wants to read anything anymore! For example this paragraph - not particularly entertaining.

Also guess what, I have a tumblr now!! It's sort of silly but it's nice for me to say and post little things I see and like and think and that stuff.

193 comments:

cycnet said...

What weakness drives your urge to write? What fears keep you awake at night? What dreams lead you toward bright joy?

cycnet said...

ALSO why does your blog try to make my browser set so many be-damned cookies?

Amy said...

Is A.S. as fulfilling as you hoped it would be? (I learned in journalism not to ask y/n questions, but I'm hoping you'll expound on your own.)

Rachel said...

Out of postcolonialism, post-structuralism, and postmodernism, which would you say is your favorite? Would you like to elaborate on that?

Also, do you read movie reviews when deciding whether to see them? I never know whether I should or not.

Jo said...

How's life?

k.c. danger said...

i want to you know what you think of emily choo.

saint modesto said...

this was really strange because i read #8 before reading katrina's comment/question. confusing because of the grammatical error. i have questions/things i'd like to talk to you about but i don't think it's appropriate for this. just sayin'. if i think of something else i'll comment.

Vashti said...

In a recent email exchange between me and several other autostraddlers, Alex referred to me as Vash. I was caught off guard a little because, while it is one of my nicknames, people don't usually use it. Is this what you guys call me on a regular basis? Just curious.

What is your earliest memory?

When I write you emails, why do I always feel the need to end them with "lalala!" or "wheeeee!"? If you don't know, that's okay. I'm just as confused as you are.

jordan said...

(what celebrity have you met that totally rocked your world? what celebrity have you met that didn't? who would you still like to meet?)

(what's your favorite cereal?)

(when do you plan on coming to chicago?)

Lex said...

Dear Riese,

how would you solve the California budget problem. Arnold keeps asking me on twitter.

like a serious one though? Um...if you could write a letter to yourself that you had to open in ten years, what would it say?

X

Brooke said...

Should vegetarians eat animal crackers?

When sign makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs?

When day breaks who fixes it?

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

crystal said...

Who is your favourite Australian, me or Portia?

PS: I love that you're on tumblr. You're my tumbling inspiration.

I can't remember my password again.

saint modesto said...

okay i thought of some questions.

what is your favorite stephen dunn poem and what do you think 'those of us who think we know' is about?

ps this blog introduced me to stephen dunn, so thanks.

Vashti said...

This is not a question. This is my comment re: Vash.

Actually, it rhymes with "bash." Which is just as violent as "mosh" but not quit as fun.

Lynne said...

hmmm. I'm gonna think of some just cuz I'm awake
-
do you think you'd ever re-locate out of nyc?
-
what is better, white rice or brown rice?
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if you got to pick (create a new) a college class that everyone would be forced to take, what would it be/why?
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did you know I had a gathering and a bunch of people saw my autostraddle sticker and asked me about it this weekend? yaaaay!!

Debs said...

if you could be friends with three muppets, which ones would you choose and why?

hombre hombre said...

what part of the city do you live in? what's your favorite part of the city?

Nicole said...

How do you feel when you find out about people like Lauren Conrad getting 3 book book deals for obscene amounts of money over talented people such as yourself?


kinda related - what would you do if you were ever offered money to have this blog turned into a movie in the way that julia & julie movie has done

Anonymous said...

I was wondering about you and haviland: what are your skincare regimens? what products do you use w/r/t makeup/skin/hair? do you have any makeup tips etc. lame question but enquiring minds want to know.

Anonymous said...

will there be more vlogs soon? i miss the vlogs, especially the advice column.

Anonymous said...

You list one of your interests as being 'time-management' How do you beat procrastination and achieve the most with your time?

Olivia said...

Your work on autostraddle means you must spend a lot of your time online, and that including leisure time spent online must add up. I am online a lot too, which I enjoy, but I can't help feeling like I am not outside living my life in the sunshine. Do you ever feel this guilt?

Also what do you think of facebook? Good or evil

Anonymous said...

sidenote: i like this ongoing Q&A. Can we do again sometime?

RE: my use of sidenote. do you mind it when people pick up your turn of phrase/most used expressions?

Tetchy said...

I can't sleep. Any advice for beating insomnia?

Do you like Flannery O'Conner? I have been on a Southern writer kick lately.

Anonymous said...

What are the least destructive ways to improve your mood?

Do you ever feel embarrassed at having so much personal info online? I.e. people from the past googling you and going 'hello feelings!'

Do you worry about aging?

Anonymous said...

Are you going to see Antichrist?

Anonymous said...

Top 10 celebrities you would like to know bibilically. You can do it top 5 boys and top 5 girls if it makes it easier!

If you could switch looks with any celebrity who would you pick?

Apart from autostraddle, which is obviously favorited, what websites are good?

Jess said...

- What's your regular gym routine? How often and what do you do?

- What did you eat yesterday?

Anonymous said...

On a scale of 1 to amazing, how good a kisser is Alex?

Anonymous said...

How did you meet Haviland?

moscow said...

do you worry about what impact having a gay mom will have on your kids, if you end up with a woman/decide to have kids? In terms of bullying/fitting in etc. I guess you have an interesting perspective on this.

Bren said...

If someone has a dream of something they want to do, but it seems really hard, next to impossible at times, and maybe even too late, what would you tell them?

Oooh! I want to hear the Haviland story too!

Anonymous said...

what gets you out of bed in the morning when the world can seem so bad?

Anonymous said...

Should you hang out with people you don't particularly connect with just to kill time and 'have friends' you could point to if asked? :(

Coraline said...

It would be great to live in a world where it was ok to be a girl and eat whatever you like and still get laid, people argue that we should, but in many cases this is just theoretical-- everyone food restricts, no matter what their feminist position is. No-one wants to look like Beth Ditto, refreshing as I find her attitude. How do you think, as women, we can overcome this?

Anonymous said...

Last text you recieved?
Last text you sent?

Anonymous said...

ooh, and:

Favourite vlog on afterellen- apart from Alexi's Closet!

Are you bummed that you are too hot for Sarah Warn to handle when you so obviously should be offered a vlog?

Anonymous said...

What lesbian books/celebrities/celebrity crushes/films/trends/music/hairstyles/fashions do you not like or get?

ok i'm officially stopping questioning you now.

Anonymous said...

Guilty pleasures?

Heather said...

Autostraddle is AMAZING. I've kept up with it since day one. What exciting features are you looking to add in the near future?

mon said...

a. do you believe in heaven and/or hell? if so, do you think that getting in one or the other will be determined by 'the good you have done' or some other criteria decreed by others? what do you think of religious leaders casting us willy-nilly to the dark corners of hell, how will anyone ever be happy in heaven all together??!?

b.i. have you read naomi klein's 'the shock doctrine'? i'm only halfway through but already freaked the fuck out like 3 billion times, i mean the whole thing is about a potential GFC and look at us now..

b.ii. what have you been reading recently?

c. what flavour was the cough syrup of your childhood? do you now like or dislike that artificial flavour?
i have a theory that everyone hates cough syrup flavour for the rest of their life and hence pharmaceutical companies are directly influencing our adult palates. e.g. here in australia there is a lot of cherry flavour, and i would venture to say that cherry is a very commonly hated artificial flavour - of jellybeans, drinks etc, e.g. dr pepper tastes faintly of cherry and after an initial marketing campaign its presence here has all but fizzled out. (harhar.) um, clearly this is not the case in america!!

saint modesto said...

Pancakes or waffles? I like waffles better.

kimpanzee said...

What was your favorite cartoon show as a kid?

emily said...

argh riese you've been asked some really hard questions!

1) What real 'drunken night' story would you tell at your first AA meeting?

2) Have you ever been a victim of homophobia?


3) Do you leave the house without make-up?

3)How soon into meeting someone do you tell them you are bi?

4) Can you get haviland and a;ex to do q and a's too? :)

thank you!

Anonymous said...

If you could choose one food to have zero calories what food would it be?

would you rather be 20 stone for the rest of your life or stay the size you are (maybe losing, maybe gaining as you grow older) but sacrfice the sense of taste?

Anonymous said...

what's your favourite

-lyric
-film quote
-t.v. quote
-inspirational quote
-quote that a friend of yours has said
-nicest compliment you have ever gotten?

Marnie said...

Hey Riese! I have several questions:

-> What's your type?
-> Does T.B. mind what is written about her on the blog?
-> Does it annoy you that harry potter/twilight are bestsellers?
-> Isn't Angelina Jolie as annoying as she is hot?
-> What's on your nightstand?
-> Favourite hitchcock film?
-> How many people call you riese and how many call you marie?

Anonymous said...

How long is your middle finger :o

How much do you weigh?

How tall are you?

What is your hat size? j/k

Nicole said...

a) Do you think Kate Moennig will ever declare herself publicly?

b) Who is your guess for next celeb to come out?

Haviland said...

i would be happy to answer questions. Send them on over to my twitter!

http://www.twitter.com/misshaviland

Duck said...

Most of the q's i want to aske are already been asked.

-How happy does Autostraddle (and the Team and Intern Army) make you?

-When will Autostraddle have an office?

Anonymous said...

I asked about hair/make-up and Riese I am buying your hair products. That is some commitment to styling though! I don't think I'd have the discipline to hairwash every day! I value lie-ins too highly

Haviland: I don't have twitter but I would love to know your beauty secrets!

Anonymous said...

1.) why did I only just figure out who your girlfriend is?

2.) Haviland story!!

3.) If you could go anywhere is Africa, where would it be?

SA anon

Anonymous said...

How do you earn your money without a 9/5?

Anonymous said...

Haviland should do a Q&A for defs!! The interview on autostraddle was awesome!

Natazzz said...

Wow, people seem to have a lot of questions. Pretty awesome ones too.

If Autostraddle ever goes on a World tour I hope you won't forget to stop by in Europe ;-)

Meghan said...

I found your blog through L chat & let me just say it is so good.

(1) Are you and Haviland a couple?
(2) Does your mom read this? My mom found my LJ and read it and it wasn't pretty.
(3) Haviland needs to do questions too!

xoxo Meghan

Cathy said...

so i know this is a really cliché one, but i really do want to know. if you were stuck on a desert island (or somewhere else i guess) and could only take three books, which would they be?

if afterellen offered you a vlog, would you say yes?

do you get annoyed when people who read your blog try to talk to you in real life?

Alex said...

Whoa, how popular did this blog get all of a sudden?

Can you answer one more question or delete some space to close up the gap at the end of the post? I am so OCD and its upsetting me. TIA

Anonymous said...

How much do you weigh? What does your ex think? WTF too personal!

Scottish Lilt said...

Eh...

My first question: if you weren't writing and keeping this awesome website afloat (with the help of The Team), what would you be doing?

Second question: do you find it easier to express yourself through written word than you do speaking face-to-face with someone?

Third question - this one's for Tinkerbell: Hello Tinkerbell it is me Scottish Lilt. Have you ever worn spectacles? I think you'd suit them.

Anonymous said...

You should interview Haviland! We could email questions. Does she do song requests on Youtube? I think she's gonna be a big star

poppy said...

I like your photoshoots. Did you do them for the blog?

autumn m said...

Do you think Autumn is amazing? explain your answer.

Anonymous said...

when and where is the next party?

Anonymous said...

why is cheese so expensive?

Haviland said...

oh HAI autowinners!

I'm going to do a Q&A, as requested. Please email all questions to me at teachmehaviland@hotmail.com .

Deadline to send me something is thursday morning. Send 'em and i'll hang them over to Riese to post on autowin.

TEACHMEHAVILAND@HOTMAIL.COM ALL CAPS

Anonymous said...

I'm a hetero male who thinks you are cute. Where can I see the sexiest picture of you?

Anonymous said...

What happened to Cait/Caitlin?

Anonymous said...

Can you put up your picture from the sexiest blogger calender? I think you are hot

Nicole said...

you wear black nails in lots of your pics, whats with that?

a;ex said...

For the record, I think Autumn is awesome. No explanation necessary.

Also, this is getting nuts and I mean that in the best way possible. Like, really, your readers are very thorough cause these are good/cute questions.

Anonymous said...

do you have tattoos or piercings? L Chat reader also :) x

marlene. said...

whoa, so many questions. is there a question you were hoping to be asked that you haven't been asked yet? if yes, what is the answer? also known as say whatever you want to.

Colby said...

What are some of the things you loved about Michigan? Some of the things you hated?

How excitant are you about the new Tegan and Sara record?

How are you? Are you ok?

Anonymous said...

how do you restrain yourself from hitting on alex all the time?

Anonymous said...

In your professional opinion, how hot is the Hot Tamale Train (HTT)? Andddd, who would you put on it?

Anonymous said...

how did you end up with so many interns on your other site and which one is your favorite

Mindy said...

I imagine you get a ton of emails thanking you for being so candid and forthright on your blog w/r/t your sexuality. And for alot people it's a glimpse into the world of lesbians who don't ride harley davidsons and have mullets (...not that there's anything wrong with that?)

Any of the thanks-for-writing-your-blog emails stand out in particular, and why?

Nicole said...

Can you name all of the interns without referencing anything. bonus points if you can remember where we are all from muhaha

Why don't I have an air conditioner?

Can you teach me to speak another language?

Want one of my dunkin donuts gift cards that I just found? I've had them for a long time and don't drink coffee

Did you know that the other 2 Nicole's on here aren't me?

juliaoa said...

When is Autostraddle going to have another party? The last one was awesome.

The Brooklyn Boy said...

What's one of the hardest things you've ever had to write?

PS
Hello everyone.

Anonymous said...

What would an ideal gender-neutral society look like?

laura said...

oh my. i leave my computer in another city for one day and this is what happens.

now i am going to go read your answers. especially the ones to saint modesto's stephen dunn questions.

laneia said...

does it hurt?

Anonymous said...

Do Autostraddle boyshorts really cover the average ass, or are you just full of shit?

Lily Pearl said...

Why do I follow Samantha Ronson on Twitter?
And why do I still love Lindsay Lohan? (I tivo-ed Labor Pains...it wasn't even good!!)

ZeeQ said...

CAPS LOCK OR SHIFT?

Paul said...

Do you actually have good evidence to support John Travolta being gay? He lost his son earlier this year, I think you speculating about him is unnecessary and mean.

Anonymous said...

Are you single?

Anonymous said...

What celebrities do you think are in the closet?

Can you and a;ex make more vlogs soon?

Anonymous said...

How old were you when you got your first period

Anonymous said...

Question for Tinkerbell: How good is littlefoot in the toybox?

St. Paulie Girl said...

Paul - John Travolta is common knowledge, my gf worked with him and confirms this. hes just in the closet.
why is it mean to say someone is gay???
she was asked a question and she answered it!!!
riese isnt perez hilton, i dont thinkriese is going to be the one to upset his grieving process. (also also scientology is mean and unnecessary) and they denied the condition of John's son.

Anonymous said...

If they had the same policies on everything, would you rather the next president be a gay man or a straight woman?

Paul said...

I agree with you Riese isn't perezhilton and of course I don't think calling someone gay is mean. But I do think alerting more people to the speculation (I hadn't heard anything of it before) when if he is gay he doesn't want to come out is unhelpful when he is dealing with the death of his son. My $2.

I think Ellen Page should come out and join the family.

Paul said...

I agree with you Riese isn't perezhilton and of course I don't think calling someone gay is mean. But I do think alerting more people to the speculation (I hadn't heard anything of it before) when if he is gay he doesn't want to come out is unhelpful when he is dealing with the death of his son. My $2.

I think Ellen Page should come out and join the family.

RogerElizabethDebree said...

Do you think Penelope Cruz is gay? Tegan and Sara seem to think so..

Sarah said...

Not a question, but w/r/t time management, I tumbl'd (?) across this the other day:

http://jakelodwick.tumblr.com/tagged/STANDARDS

I might start using it for creative projects, but I basically live out of Mozilla Lightning. (Otherwise, I'd probably forget to eat...)

Anonymous said...

What does Green's last name rhyme with?

jordan said...

what's your order at pinkberry?

are you allergic to anything?

how gay is ann arbor?

what book (memoir/ bio/ something non fiction/ or something fiction that doesn't suck balls) should i read next?

phoenix said...

Do you think biphobia is still a problem in the gay community?

Sophie said...

blimey. so many questions! such good ones too, i totally can't think of one now. great post though.. I can't wait for haviland's (and alex's?) answers aswell.

zed said...

I feel like people still don't fully accept bisexuality as a valid sexual orientation, and society just wants people to conform to the binary of gay and straight like they conform to gender binaries.

So a) is bisexuality now the thing that poses a greater challenge to the paradigm of heteronormativity than homosexuality does?

b) how do you choose to label your own sexuality? and why? (sorry if that's too personal.)

Nicole said...

Yay that haviland is doing one! A;ex don't fight peer pressure, do one too! :)

Wino-forever said...

why did winona ryder steal all that shit from saks fifth avenue that one time? and will she ever do anything as awesome as Heathers again?

me meme said...

1) Why does A;ex have a semi-colon in her name?

2) Do you ever tire of listening to and quoting Tegan and Sara?

3) Did you hear the speculation that Tegan and Sara are gay?

4) When do you think they will come out?

5) Do you think having ze gay will hurt/help or have zero effect on their career?

6) Should scientists start working towards technology which allows us to populate the planet with genetically engineered lesbian identical twins with have uncommon musical prowess?

7) Is the previously described vision of the future the true Utopia?

8) Should I stop or keep going?

Anonymous said...

^ Comment above...

Whoooa we got a newcomer here.

Nicole said...

who is the one person you'd like to interview for autostraddle, like the tippity top ultimate interview

Anonymous said...

hey i'm late on this one but alex should get questions too! she's hot! hot people should be taken seriously as individuals and not discriminated against because of their hotness.Yep?

Brooke said...

Dear Alex,

I have a question for you.

What was the greatest thing before sliced bread?

autumn m said...

Do you Regret asking people to ask you questions due to the amount of questions you've recieved?

Anonymous said...

Brooke: the really enthusiastic ones are probably not very old or very out. Be nice :)

The Brooklyn Boy said...

Brooke: The wheel.

--TBB a/k/a Not a;ex

jennn said...

+ what is on your computer background?

+ do you wear white after labour day?

Meg said...

What's so wrong with identifying one part of a same-sex couple the guy and the other the girl?

I mean, I know it is heteronormative, but in my experience at least, it's a pretty accurate way of describing my relationships. I don't want to use terms like "dominant" and "submissive" because they generally imply (or people tend to infer) something a little more risque than what I would be referring to.

Brooke said...

Hi Anonymous!

I am being nice. I'm a very nice person. I'm genuinely curious as to what Alex's response is going to be. At times you can gain more insight from peoples responses to seemingly innocuous questions than those that are more direct.

Brooklyn Boy, I agree, which is why we're told not to reinvent the wheel. And prior to that, my guess is that it was fire.

The Brooklyn Boy said...

Brooke - And here I was debating betwixt the two. Great minds, I suppose ...

a;ex said...

Brooke - I'm not sure what anonymous is referring to, but I know this is a legit question from you. Which pisses me off cause I have to actually answer it.

First of all, I don't think sliced bread is a great thing. I like the way the italians and Jesus rip their bread apart with their hands, how it should be. Very rustic like. Furthermore, if sliced bread didn't exist I would just slice bread with a *serrated* knife.

When was the invention of sliced bread? Cause I'm supposed to tell you what was the greatest thing BEFORE that, right? Can I say tampons? or probs the serrated knife.

Vashti said...

What is your hot summer jam of 09?
Why does your full name flow so well that I could never just call you Marie?
Did you know that if there's an AS pride party next year [which I'm just going to assume there will be] I will definitely 100% hands down totes be there?
Where is the best place you've seen the sunrise? Sunset?
I don't watch a lot of actual teevee and when I actually do, I find myself really confused/annoyed by commercials [They just seem so ridiculous! I feel like mainstream advertising has gotten really out of hand. We're constantly bombarded with it! I mean, shows are typically 22 mins-ish but take up a 30 min timeslot. That's means 8 mins of McDonald's ads, that weird Palm Pre commercial, and creepy Evian babies.] Am I crazy for thinking this? I don't think I explained this the way I really wanted to but oh well!
What do you think is the worst color combination? OR Isn't orange and purple a ridiculous color combination? Why would someone paint their house these colors?

kelly said...

i've just been watching your vlogs, what does 'Nice Shoulder' mean?

thanks

Nicole said...

Have you & Haviland ever slept together (sorry if this is too personal but nothing seems off limits here) ?

k.c. danger said...

1. you did not specify when the party in my pants would be, but emily choo wrote me a haiku about it, so that's okay.

2. rockland! it's just LIKE westchester, but we have cool things like rosie o'donnell, bjork, and nyack! also do not have enough money to live in westchester.

Nicole said...

Why are there so many new commenters on your blog? Where have they come from? 124 comments is insane!

PS I didn't ask if you and haviland had slept together and I'm not the Nicole that said she was not the Nicole. If you follow.

Nicole said...

Did you break up with Haviland or was it visa versa?

Olivia Newton John said...

Do you think therapy has helped you any?

autumn m said...

... do you still think Autumn is amazing? what if i stole all your socks? or what if i drew on your face with marker while you slept? is it possible that i could get any cooler? Am i the coolest Autumn you know? wanna hang out?

Paul said...

Riese, I LOLed. I won't get mad I promise. I was just uncomfortable because of his son. Sorry for being hostile.
So who do you think is gay in hollywood.
I'll get the ball rolling
1. Wentworth Miller..

Conor said...

What is the difference in sensation/experience between having sex with a man and having sex with a woman? Do you sometimes miss doing it with men?

iieee said...

why isn't 'heteronormativity' in the dictionary? seriously? do you think someone needs to invent a clitionary instead?

Anonymous said...

In prose, what did happen with Caitlin? Your poem is amazing btw.

girlwiththethorn said...

Who would you rather have a torrid love affair with, Sylvia Plath or Virginia Woolf? Why?

Do you like the word 'torrid'?

Anonymous said...

Are there ever going to be any more 'Really, Papi, really?' tees?
Failing that, are there plans for more new autostraddle/autowin merchandise in the forseeable future?

Anonymous said...

What has been the most embarrassing experience/moment of your life so far?

Nicole said...

There are too many Nicoles on here and I want to change mine but I like my name so I'm not going to and therefore you just have to use your best judgment to figure out which Nicole is me and why are you yelling at me? Nicole's Nicole's Nicole's

Anonymous said...

I think some of these questions cross the line, i really do.

riese said...

I agree!

Anonymous said...

Just don't answer them, seriously! Some people are cruisin' for a bruisin' with these.

riese said...

Are you my mother? that's what my Mom always said. 'you're cruisin' for a bruisin'" when I would be unruly. It was sweet.

Sometimes not answering them pretty much gives away the answer. So really we're looking at a rock/hard place. It's not that I really care too much myself -- the stuff that I consider personal I have clearly artfully evaded, I haven't said more than I want to. But it's not always just about me, that's all. And i never want people to feel weird about asking me stuff. I'm auto-straddling the line between giving and giving it up, I suppose.

Anonymous said...

I was actually quoting my own mother! When I get stern I slip into archaic slang and phrasing.

I think you're handling it very cleverly but some of these questions are downrigtht intrusive and out for a reaction. I don't think you have to answer to you and havilands history for instance.
As you say, private life is always a balance between giving and giving it up, it's like a vaudeville striptease where everything is concealed behind big ostrich feather fans. Always leave them wanting more riese.

WTF said...

uhh anonymous? riese has been blogging for YEARS and doesn't need to be schooled by you about ANYTHING. people come here because she tells it straight- didn't you get it when she said are you my mother?! STFU ok?

emily said...

I agree with anonymous, I think some stuff is maybe too personal. I would hate it if any of my exes confirmed on a public blog that they had slept with me. I admire Riese's honesty obvs, just so long as it's o.k. with Haviland...

Isobel said...

I know you like to watch American's Next Top Model.

a) Have you ever thought about auditioning for the show? You would be totally fun to watch on reality tv, more fun than Elyse Sewell, even.

b) Do you like Miss Jay or Mr. Jay better?

c) Who is the most annoying contestant on ANTM ever?

autumn m said...

its obvious to me that some people feel a few questions were way to personnel. do you feel like my questions were too intrusive? by answering my questions you were letting us see into your soul? did i make you uncomfortable by asking such personnel questions? would you like me to stop continuing to ask you really stupid questions? have i ever made you laugh so hard that you snorted? wanna go cow tipping with me? I'm still amazing right? RIGHT?!?!

Anonymous said...

Hello Riese!

Last night I had a dream about you! I was visiting America and you were taking me around to different stores. I think we were at some kind of smallish store and I then asked you if you could show me what Target was like as well as Walmart. I didn't get to see them as that was the extent of the dream, however I remember being very excited about possibly going to Walmart.
How do you feel about me having dreamt of you twice now (not 'bad' dreams!)?

Also, what 5 books would you recommend I read? I enjoy reading, but I don't do it as often as I should and would like to get back into it. Nothing too 'heavy'.

SA anon x

Anonymous said...

Why is it do you think that most lesbians are overweight? Excluding you and your friends, natch.

Anonymous said...

What time does haviland wake up in the morning and who are her movie star crushes? :)

PS ignore the PC Lesbos calling for censorship.

curiousgrrl said...

Robert Smith or Morrissey?

Jenny Lewis or Emily Haines?

PJ Harvey or Tori Amos?

and I think we all know what this is building up to...
...
......
Tegan or Sara?

yesnoyesnoyes said...

Is bad grammar and spelling a deal breaker?

Anonymous said...

How can I become an intern? I want in!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for your next answers. This question has become a daily fix itself!

ZeeQ said...

IS IT TRUE THAT CAPS LOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL? COZ SOMETHING'S CONTROLLING CRUISE AND I DON'T THINK IT'S CAPSLOCK. JUST SAYING BRO, JUST SAYING.

also this word veruificat9ion shit is hard and fucking hard and shit its like words tou have to spell i dont like it wheres my pants?

ZeeQ said...

ALSO my WoW server is down and its a choice between infomercials for 'Principles Secret' which by the way, I think is Botox, don't tell anyone; or i forgot the other option but it sucked more.

DECISION MADE, FEEL FREE TO IGNORE THIS NON QUESTION BUT KNOW THAT I MY HEART WILL BREAK (not really, i dont think hearts actulauyy break its more liker a weird fluppt thing inyour stomach ur kno waht i mean problay i dont know my finger got all confused i apologize. and i forgot and ending bracjet. here it ts. ) ta=da!

Lasallai said...

What last made you laugh?

'all you can do in life is wait for the next joke' i think you should get copyrighted and put on fridge magnets and coffee mugs, incidently

Anonymous said...

Why do you think that society has trouble accepting that pretty girls can be lesbians?

Anonymous said...

also:

is what they say in 30 rock true- that 'New York thin' is six sizes below what the rest of the world considers to be skinny?

Anonymous said...

what's your favorite tegan & sara album?

Anonymous said...

what do you think about the whole 'I kissed a girl' ruckus?

What is your all time favourite haviland stillwell cover song?

Anonymous said...

why do you pretend to suck dick in your videos?
eh?

riese said...

really anonymous? are you gonna keep posting this comment while i continue to delete it?

i have no idea what you're talking about, srsly. huh? what videos? i'm not going to dignify your question by repeating it verbatim ... i think it's rhetorical? i mean what's the potential answer for that? really who knows. but i feel like there are probs about 500,000 websites where girls don't just PRETEND to suck dick, but actually DO it. So why don't you let this one rest, and I can delete this comment and then I can delete yours, and you an check out the other half of the internet, where questions like that actually make sense.

Or I can just turn off anonymous commenting like every other blog on the internet, because you want to stick your dick in the middle of free & uninhibited speech.

Anonymous said...

I'm finding it

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/user/marielyn176#play/uploads/38/4BmOfoQoKKM

1.58. It's no big deal

riese said...

that's what she said

Anonymous said...

don't apologise, it got me hot
anytime, poptart

Anonymous said...

Ok i am seriously crying right now at laneia's coming out story on autostraddle. I totally lost my boner i was so moved

Anonymous said...

i think every weirdo from out of space should raise kids and i will spunk in a cup for anyone to make sure they have their rights

maybesproutwings said...

Do you think that we are weirdos because we are gay or that we are just weirdos in general?

maybesproutwings said...

are you not answering questions any more, autowin? :( don't let some sleazy guys get you down

riese said...

No, I am still answering, I just didn't have time yesterday to answer more ... hopefully i'll get through a few more today!

apult said...

Are you going to write any more erotica soon?

apult said...

I am not a troll boy btw, that is a legit question.

Olivia said...

that story is LOL riese. please do more tonight, i'm babysitting and i might brain a toddler if i'm not distracted soon.

Anonymous said...

Intern requirement #3 made me wonder: how (or would) Autostraddle change if someone rich did donate a large sum of money to the site - or you won the lottery or something? Similarly, I know you had the donation drive a few months back along with Rodeo Disco but why not have something more prominent on the main page that people could link to if they want to donate? If I remember correctly, you have to navigate through several pages starting with the About page. Not to be callous, but you might have seen an uptick with the "When I Knew" post. I know you don't do this for the money but I'm sure every bit helps. OK, I'm rambling now... all this to say thanks for Autostraddle and keep up the good work ladies.

riese said...

Hey Anonymous -- to answer that question about money

Autostraddle would change in that it would actually function how it's supposed to. We have a redesign in the works and about 500 other plans for the future that will blow your mind. We're stuck in the mud right now 'til we get more funding.

Nothing about the site is supposed to be run budget-free, or not for the money -- we do plan fully on making AS into a business. It can't be successful with a "we don't want to live comfortably" mentality ... we feel that's kind of what's held a lot of good causes back, too. The more money we have the more good we can do. Currently I do about 18 hours a day on AS.

We're barely keeping our shit together 'til the next stage, which is when our business plan is together and hopefully we'll be getting investors at that point. we've literally been finishing that this week -- many months in the making -- so it's an exciting time when our amazing COO (I call her the"business manager") is making kickass contacts who will give us the juice we need to keep AS going ... and growing ... and becoming a full-service publication like other webzines out there right now. it's totally possible, and we think the lesbian market is worth it.

Currently, three of us are working 12-14 hour days for autostraddle unpaid -- this means different things for each of us w/r/t living situations, debt, savings, etc. A few others are working a good chunk of hours a week while holding down other jobs or other responsibilities. We think we can go on like this for maybe another month or two. The party & raffle, as well as a few other very small investments for specific purposes, hoped to raise enough money to float us for the next month or so while we finish the BP and start talking to investors.

Personally, I feel like we've asked people for money so much that I worry we're overdoing it and don't want people to feel like we're constantly asking for money or to buy this or that. I want to be sure we don't come off as aggressive. But that being said, I'll figure out tomorrow how to make that donation button more user friendly. and anyone seeking to give or invest at a higher level should hit up brooke at autostraddle dot com !!!

Anonymous said...

It's like when Ira Glass does pledge drives, you don't get annoyed.

I think if you want AS to be more successful you should introduce more 'When I knew' type articles, without dumbing down, obvs, but your average 14 y/o afterellen reader is going to struggle with some of the feminist historical content of the site.

I think introducing regular vlogs would see AS really spike in popularity. I know you are trying to do something different than after ellen, but again after ellen became enormously successful with the introduction of weekly vlogs. People want role models etc and if they like someone will keep coming back.

Maybe an advice column?

I know you are all overworked so sorry if this unasked for 'advice' is irritating. I just love AS and your vison and I want it to make it.

Jo said...

Tongue piercings- hot or not?

riese said...

haha, no it's fine -- we do have a lot of ideas for spiking in popularity and a lot of plans for how to do that when the time comes, and that's certainly one of them. but that's not an issue or a concern right now (and we've actually been growing really well organically/magically! which is awesome!)-- we can't function or do anything without the investment funds in place. as i said there are barely enough hours in the day as is to do what we already do, and there's only so much you can ask of people who aren't being paid.

We aren't thinking of ourselves in relation to AE; we are very different websites who do very different things so we're not looking to compete/compare ... that being said, using them just as an example of a full-service website; their expansion came after they were purchased by viacom and had the funds to organize all those things - vloggers aren't paid there, but even the time it takes to gather them and put them up and pay for the bandwidth and the money for marketing and publicity was in place first. The capital came first, then the popularity. The popularity first model only works really for individual bloggers like Perez who plan to make a large chunk of income from advertising, and he is few and far between the exception to the rule.

We also are working on a redesign which will make a BIG difference in terms of usability so we're waiting on that as well to diversify content.

I think people do find Ira Glass asking for money annoying, right? He apologizes profusely at the start of every request for donations ... maybe he's just self-deprecating. But that actually specifically always scared me! It's not annoying?

But thank you! For caring/wanting us to succeed. Really when we get our shit together we're gonna blow your mind in many ways, promise! It's the getting there first ... but thank you.

Sandra said...

Hello Tinkerbell this is Sandra. I look like you except my fur does not look so machine washed- you have been through a lot in your time. How is your eating disorder? Are you still living off a liquid diet of vodka tonics? Also have you seen the gay Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen? Bow wow wow. Now my question is over yours forever Sandra.

MoonKiller said...

are we still asking questions?

who do you prefer, simon or garfunkel? or a;ex?

will you ever revisit cardiff even though we don't make good hamburgers?

you said that your favourite quote from a film is the one from blow, does it make you make this face ':(' too or is it just me?

have you read any john steinbeck novels and if so what is your favourite? (want to buy one but can't decide which)

does my lack of capitals irritate you?

is this my last question?

Anonymous said...

What is your all time playlist of lesbian/girl-on-girl songs? Is it bad that I like 'All the things she said' and 'If you seek amy'?

Anonymous said...

Ok, staying with books - what are your top 5 lesbian themed books of all time?

SA Anon x

Anonymous said...

you are queen of the LOLs. love this blog

amy said...

Can you show pictures of your tattoos?

autumn m said...

Is it weird that I am actually considering investing in autostraddle? In a big way? Like I actually thought about it a few months ago. Thoughts?

Imogen said...

Do have have any advice on dealing with straight guys who are turned on by lesbianism? I came out two months ago and the level of attention I get when I'm with my girlfriend (not even making out or any kind of PDA)is really incredible, both from my guy friends and from randomers. I don't really know what to do about it and it's making me really uncomfortable.
Thanks from Ohio x

Anonymous said...

What's your favorite gum?

Cat said...

I wish I'd come to your blog in the early days when only a couple of people commented. I feel like you couldn't have more people commenting and queueing for a shot at befriending you- it's like American Idol auditions in here. Regardless, I think your writing is beautiful and nerve-raw painful, your writing reminds me of 'swimming pool' by freezepop, which tears my heart apart. I hope that you finish your novel, the world needs it.

å? said...

In general, do you think some people are evil or that we just have different views on right and wrong? Do you think a person could act a certain way without justifying it to themselves at some level?

Have you read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro?

Do you draw/write on your hands/other body parts?

Anonymous said...

Which is your favorite judy blume novel?

Please do more vlogs. they rock my world slightly.

å? said...

would you rather have ridiculous sized boob and butt implants and plastic stripper style hair extensions and wear a ho outfit for the rest of your life, or be required to give a weekly lapdance to a mystery person from your past every 3 months?

What are the traits you admire most in other people?

How long will it be now?

Aimee said...

What do you think about the whole idea of 'gaydar'?

Why do you think that lesbians are so drawn to tattoos and that lots of us get them? Like even super femmey girls?

ThePassenger said...

idk if you're still accepting questions Riese... buuuut...

1. What do you think of the new Tiësto featuring Tegan and Sara track "Feel It In My Bones"?

2. What's your opinion of today's American education system?

3. What size shoe do you wear?

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