Dear Autostraddle Readers,
As you know, this Sunday night The L Word will be so Over it'll need a new word for Over. Though Season Six has done its best to ensure we don't miss a thing, we can't deny that -- quality aside -- this show has changed our lives and our world, and I want you to know that unlike Mark, Adele and Gomey; Autostraddle is not headed for the vortex -- but I'll get to that in a minute. First, a few things:
Reader: thank you. I feel blessed & grateful to be a part of your life, wherever you are -- from my nearest & dearest friends who began as readers like Carly & Alex to the supportive commenters to posters of sexy Sarah Shahi photographs to all the assholes who I told to Suck It. Thank you for reading, for commenting, and for buying the t-shirt. I can safely say that if it wasn't for you, there's no way I'd still be watching this poofy-sleeved trainwreck of a show. But ... I am, and thanks to you, we have fun with it.
"[Fans] wonder which of the actresses might really be gay. I'd just as soon they all were straight. That the megawatt Jennifer Beals, Straight Girl, would play the power dyke role of Bette changes my worldview, if not my world. She's not worried if I turn up at her table in the school cafeteria. She's not afraid to stand next to me in the bookstore. Enjoy me? My God, Jennifer Beals will be me, with the whole world watching, and make it look sweaty, wet, and good ...
This is hard for me to admit, but [The L Word] has made me feel hot in a way I haven't been too familiar with ... After all this time, now you tell me I'm not repulsive? Sounds silly, I know, but when you've spent way too much of your sexual experience accepting that you're a pariah and then a soap opera gives you a plot transplant, it counts, as Marina would say. "
[L is for "Look out World," by Laura Conaway, The Village Voice, 2005]
We still have so far to go -- light years to go. Firstly, the show sucks now. Secondly, gays still lack equal rights in America, face violent homophobia, and, when TLW ends, we'll be hard-pressed to find a strong lesbian/bisexual character on the tube [we're already hard-pressed to find a strong FTM on the tube, obvs, TLW doesn't count]. I don't like teevee inherently [I basically watch it to analyze it & talk about it] so this matters to me more theoretically than logistically, but I know for many of you this no-gays-on-tv-thing is gonna be a Gigantic Suck.
Although by popular demand we'll eventually be recapping the first two seasons on The New Autostraddle 1.0, the site isn't intended to be related to The L Word but rather just to all the smart, fun, independent and cutting-edge stuff queer girls are doing all over the world. We have big plans and though the first few weeks/months will probs be rockier than OurChart, we hope to be doing okay within a few months and hopefully y'all can be a good part of that. You'll get to relish in the glory of our broken links and paltry content in just a few days at www.autostraddle.com, which is excitant for everyone.
So. I'll ask again when I post the last recap -- if you've enjoyed reading Autostraddle for the past three years then please consider donating to the New Autostraddle Fund. Some of you have donated over the last few years, and often it's your generosity that has helped to enable me to spend 30+ a week recapping [completely unpaid]. Pay me, bitches!
The recession is clearly a bad time to launch anything. Most of us, including me, have seen our income and employment dwindle from decent to slim to zero, and our original plans for Autostraddle fundraising have crashed & burned with the stock market. And we wouldn't even be where we are if A;ex (designer) and Tess (programmer) hadn't been working their asses off for free all this time to make AS 1.0 happen.
So I'm hoping that if each of you give a few bucks -- even $2 -- I can focus on building new Autostraddle without getting evicted. Think of it as Arts Patronage 2.0. There'll be plenty of opps to help out or participate heavily (more on that this sunday) besides giving money obvs, but just throwin' it out there.
Everything you give will be put into covering AS's expenses and making it better.
Also I need like 40 unpaid interns, an independently wealthy PR/Marketing guru and a little monkey who can sing dirges in my ear while I work. Also Tinkerbell needs a vodka-tonic and the opposite of liposuction.
If you're the old-fashioned type, you can mail a donation to:
Riese c/o Autostraddle
52 Tiemann Place, No #3
New York, NY 10027
So, I'll have more information for you as the weekend goes on. There's also a form at the end of the PayPal donation where you can let me know how you'd like to be recognized (if at all) for your generosity.
'Til then -- thank you. For laughing with me and being part of the conversation over the past six years and I can't wait 'til Sunday when we can all scream"REALLY PAPI, REALLY?" together, all over the world and then all poke our eyes out with giant dildos.
Oh! I don't think this counts as a spoiler, but FYI, Sunday's finale = no theme song. HOLLER! When was the last time that happened? When Dana died. As I've said, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Durrrrrr.
Don't forget to follow the l word characters on twitter -- alice, bette, tina, jenny, nikki, max, shane and helena. There are other L Word characters out there too -- Jodi, Dylan, Carmen -- but I don't write those and I don't know who does but those are awesome too and you should check them out. Just so you know, I'm not always talking to myself, I'm not that crazy. Yeah I am.
So Much Friend Love.
Riese and the Autostraddle Gang