2015 has officially closed its creaky doors.

And what better way to kick off a new year, then to catch up with some women writers and comedians who make the world wide web a better place.



Pascalle Dugay (@frenchielaboozi)

Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?

I am based in Brooklyn, NY, like a hipster idiot. I work in the alternative health world.


When/how did you first start using the Internet as a platform?
I started using Twitter in 2010 or so. I was at a job that wasn't exactly mentally stimulating and a coworker recommended it. I hated it, as I do with most things at the beginning, before I realized you could just post jokes all the time.

What was your favorite thing you did on the Internet in 2015?
I like to @ Nick Kroll a lot with "daddy", and I probably will do that until he blocks me or it stops making me laugh. Also, I asked Red Lobster a few times if I could swim in their tanks. They never replied but I'm still clinging to hope.

What's the best thing you saw on the Internet this year?
All the Mars stuff; I love reading about the things people "find" in the photos of Mars. Faces, animals, statues. I can't wait to go to Mars.

What's your favorite 'Internet K-hole' search topic?
I love weird news stories and conspiracy theories. I can't even go on Etsy anymore because no matter where I start, it always seems to end with "dark supernatural evil eye magic juju protection charm."

Who's your favorite woman on the Internet?
I love @NicCageMatch. I met her through the Internet, and we ended up developing a wonderful IRL friendship, since she doesn't live far from me; she's very funny.

For you, what is the hardest thing about being a woman on the Internet/social media? And the best?
The other day I got a pic of a penis randomly in my mentions. That's always a bummer. Straight men love forcing women to look at their awful dicks. Also, the fact that being honest about your sexuality is constantly evaluated/judged in a way that most men don't usually have to deal with. The best part is the supportive community of women I've found; it's really refreshing.

One thing that needs to be erased from the Internet/social media in 2016:

I'm pretty unaware of trends because I am non-participatory by nature. In general, I like when other people are into stuff, it's nice! I'm glad when people like things. However, I hate that jagoff Martin Shkreli. He's a nightmare. He will probably die on a toilet.




Molly Davis (@MollyKats)

Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?

I live in Princeton, NJ. Right now I watch a lot of Netflix while looking for a job - but for most of my career, I've been an editor/writer at various newspapers in the area.


When/how did you first start using the Internet as a platform?

Sometime in 2009, I made a Twitter but I don't recall why. Probably a combination of boredom with my life at that time, and curiosity. I swore I'd never make one and made fun of people who tweeted, because "no one is so interesting that they need to constantly tell everyone about their life." And here I am, years later, constantly telling strangers about my life.


What was your favorite thing you did on the Internet in 2015?

I was blocked by Donald Trump.


What's the best thing you saw on the Internet this year?
Journalist Igor Volsky tweeted every Republican politician who received money from--and therefore supported--the NRA. It was after the San Bernardino shootings and I thought it was phenomenal.


What's your favorite 'Internet K-hole' search topic?
It's a tie between "fat dogs in sweaters" and "otters holding hands so they don't float away from each other."
The first time I searched "fat puppies in sweaters" and it was not dogs - it was big boobs. Lesson learned and keywords updated.



6. Who's your favorite woman or female-centric collective on the Internet?
I love Hello Giggles and Reductress.


For you, what is the hardest thing about being a woman on the Internet/social media? And the best?
Men explaining my tweets to me. I tweeted it, I know what I said.


Also, being called a c*nt whenever I tweet my support for Planned Parenthood is always startling. I'm still always shocked at the vitriol spewed at anyone who voices their support on this particular topic.


It's mostly men, which is standard operating procedure for women in general who tweet about anything. I'm convinced there's a faction of sad dudes whose only vocabulary is that other word for a vagina.

But there are an alarming number of women who come after other women on the subject, which scares the shit out of me.
The best thing about being a woman on the Internet is finding other people to connect with who share your interests. You become friendly with people and interact with them online and sometimes it carries over into real life. I've made some great friends - people I'd never have crossed paths with if not for Twitter.

And if I'm being honest, the validation is good. Being told I'm funny makes me smile.


One thing that needs to be erased from the Internet/social media in 2016:

If I never fucking ever see a "what are thooooooose" video, it'll be too soon.




Julia Davidovich (@juliadavidovich)

Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?

I live in LA, and I write for a living.


When/how did you first start using the Internet as a platform?

I was already bored in 2012 as an event coordinator, my first job out of college in Toronto. So I started contributing to humour sites, became the editor of a small online magazine called The Impersonals and dicked around on Twitter to see what stuck. The internet was a launch pad for various projects, including a Twitter parody account of the Canadian Federal Government agency, Statistics Canada. The @Stats_Canada account was a massive success, so much so that Penguin Canada let us write a book, which became a national bestseller. Our team is currently working on a follow up for Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.


What was your favorite thing you did on the Internet in 2015?

My writing partner Zoë Klar and I started a website called LADYPARTS MAG based on parodic Cosmopolitan covers we did on Tumblr. We decided we wanted a place where we could hang our ideas, and we're working on making a print edition for 2016.


What's the best thing you saw on the Internet this year?

9 Pictures of French Stewart That Will Leave Your Gash Sopping Wet


5. What's your favorite 'Internet K-hole' search topic?

This is a treat: every time I need to research a biggish household purchase I get sucked into reading the worst reviews for vacuums and mops... it's really shocking to see the standard some of these people hold amazon to, and the breakdowns they have led "Donna in MN" to on the Q&A Bissell Steam Mop forum.


Who's your favorite woman or female-centric collective on the Internet?

Definitely Wild Horses.


For you, what is the hardest thing about being a woman on the Internet/social media? And the best?

Constant eye rolling: being enraged by public opinion is natural, but deflecting it using sarcasm makes it bearable.


One thing that needs to be erased from the Internet/social media in 2016:

"Showtunes" radio on Pandora is an abomination if that counts. I've made the official switch to Spotify but Pandora has yet to issue an apology for all the Mulan, Pitch Perfect and indistinguishable mashups I've heard so far.






Molly Soda (@mollysoda)

Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?

I'm a digital artist based in Detroit, Michigan - but my entire life and all of my work is online.


When/how did you first start using the Internet as a platform?

I got into the Internet naturally, like many people my age - I grew up with it! Flirting with boys on AIM, playing Neopets, customizing my MySpace HTML, blogging about my life extensively on LiveJournal… the list goes on. Obviously, the way I use the Internet has evolved but it's always been a really useful and intuitive platform for me to be able to share my work on.


What was your favorite thing you did on the Internet in 2015?

I started a private forum/group called "Body+" for female identifying and non-binary individuals to be able to share their nudes on. I had taken this nude selfie and I didn't really want to send it to a boy - honestly, for fear of having it used against me in the future. I figured other people had these same fears or reservations, which is why I started the group.


What's the best thing you saw on the Internet this year?

Probably a meme. I think I like memes now.


What's your favorite 'Internet K-hole' search topic?

YouTube is where I go to get into Internet K-holes. Usually I'll search for something like, "me dancing to" or "me singing to" and enter the name of a song. I love watching people perform for their webcams, specifically women.


Who's your favorite woman or female-centric collective on the Internet?

I am obsessed with so many women online. The Internet is a beautiful place for meeting and collaborating with other women. I've worked with people I've never met IRL! It's awesome.

I love Darcie Wilder (@333333333433333 on twitter) - I look forward to reading her tweets everyday. She is funny and relatable, and honestly makes me feel less alone. And that's why we flock to the Internet, or at least I do, to feel a little bit less alone.


For you, what is the hardest thing about being a woman on the Internet/social media? And the best?

Everybody has something to say. This is simultaneously the best and the worst thing about the Internet - people are lifting you up while others are tearing you down. Especially as a woman - you are under more scrutiny - everyone has something to say about your body, if you're a "proper feminist", etc. On the other hand, because so many people are watching/commenting - you're able to meet and connect with a lot of awesome individuals - people are mostly positive i've found.

One thing that needs to be erased from the Internet/social media in 2016:

I'd like there to be less censorship online - particularly of women's bodies on Facebook and Instagram.




EMO SLUT (@princess_labia)

Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?

I live in Manhattan. I'm a soon-to-be college graduate, an actress, and a writer.


When/how did you first start using the Internet as a platform?

The summer of 2014 was really rough. I've struggled with depression for all of my life, I was sad and tired, and my long-term boyfriend had just broken up with me. I already had a twitter account but I had never really used it (and my @ was my full name) but I started tweeting a lot because I was lonely and needed to get out everything I was thinking and feeling. Very quickly, I realized that there were scores of women online who I related to... and everyone was so beautiful! I started retweeting every selfie I came across, just because I was in awe of all these incredible women loving themselves so publicly, and people responded really well to that. By the end of August, #SELFIEARMY was born, and well... here we are.


What was your favorite thing you did on the Internet in 2015?

In 2015 I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder, and after almost a decade of countless different treatments, I was finally put on the proper medication, found an amazing therapist, and I am currently feeling more alive than I have ever before. When I first started tweeting in 2014, I tweeted a lot about how sad I was, and now I tweet about depression with the understanding that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Mental illness is something we're not supposed to talk about, and because no one talks about it, when you're suffering you feel so utterly alone. I'm happy that I've been able to talk about mental illness online from the perspective of a person who does not want to die, but knows very well how terrifying that feeling is. It's nearly impossible to believe another person when they say "I know what you feel like and I don't feel that way anymore" because the pain feels so never-ending, but my favorite thing I've done online in 2015 is promise anyone who will listen: This is not your forever. You are needed, you are loved, and this is not your forever.


What's the best thing you saw on the Internet this year?

2015 marks the year when news became obsolete. Want to know the truth about what's happening in the world? You're not going to find it on your television. I've learned more about U.S. history and government in the last year from Black activists and educators on twitter than I have in all of my schooling combined. If you are only relying on mass media for your information, you are not getting a clear picture. I think people are starting to learn that. The only real "breaking news" is on twitter.


What's your favorite 'Internet K-hole' search topic?

Lady Gaga. I always like to know what she's wearing, what she's up to, how her dogs are doing. If you follow me on twitter you have to be okay with the occasional (frequent) Gaga posts. Also babies doing cute stuff.


Who's your favorite woman or female-centric collective on the Internet?

My favorite woman? C'mon, that's impossible. Am I allowed to say the #SELFIEARMY? Cause those ladies are pretty awesome.


For you, what is the hardest thing about being a woman on the Internet/social media? And the best?

People are wildly comfortable treating you like public property. Men tweet horrible things at me and then complain "this is a public forum!" as if they're not the same men harassing me when I go outside. Saying "you should lock your account" is the same thing as saying "you shouldn't wear that skirt." My existence is not consent for your abuse.

The best thing about being a woman online is having the honor to interact with all the other incredible women online.


One thing that needs to be erased from the Internet/social media in 2016:

Companies need to stop stealing content from people's personal twitter accounts without consent and compensation. Pay me what you owe me.





Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin)

Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?

New Yap City, I am a comedian who writes and verbally tap dances onstage for the good people.

When/how did you first start using the Internet as a platform

My first foray into seeking an unwilling public on the Internet was a blog called "Don't Know Better" that I began in 2005. My readership got up to the three digits, if you'd hesitate to believe. The graveyard for it still exists and I occasionally update it just to keep the spambots guessing.


What was your favorite thing you did on the Internet in 2015?

I was real proud of the Another Round podcast interview I did with Heben and Tracy. They are both true and utter delights.



What's the best thing you saw on the Internet this year?

I somehow was very late to the game in the baboon stock video circuit, and that is on me. So definitely this.



What's your favorite 'Internet K-hole' search topic?

While an immediate answer doesn't come to mind, I will say I recently Google image searched "Pitbull face tattoos" and it's not the results I expected! I was just trying to see if the rapper Pitbull had any face tattoos, but that's not what happens. It's never what happens. So basically any Google image search that M. Night Shyamalans you with a twist.



Who's your favorite woman on the Internet?

There are so many powerhouses who live and breathe among us. Trying to pick one feels like trying to pick your favorite m&m out of a sea of prune-laden trail mix. Each one you find is precious and cathartic in its own way. That being said, I am a huge fan of everything Jo Firestonedoes and I think everyone needs to know about her, no matter what. So I say Jo.



For you, what is the hardest thing about being a woman on the Internet/social media? And the best?

I think the hardest thing for me is not taking everything personally. But basically everyone on the Internet is subject to the best and worst of humanity. Unfortunately, sometimes if you are a woman or minority or have any distinguishing facial scars, people feel inclined to continually use that as a way to diminish or qualify whatever you do. But then there's this. And there's someone else saying, "Hey thanks for writing that thing because it made me feel less alone." So that feels pretty darn humbling and incredible.



One thing that needs to be erased from the Internet/social media in 2016:

A certain ooze of a Presidential candidate who I refuse to name. Him AND the expression "all the feels", I could do without that too.




Kate Berlant (@kateberlant)


Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?

I'm based in Los Angeles and I'm a comedian.


When/how did you first start using the Internet as a platform?

I put up a video of my stand-up when I was 19 but got a lot of comments from strangers about how I should quit so I made it private and haven't put standup online since. But I love Twitter!


What was your favorite thing you did on the Internet in 2015?

I got a gorgeous table for a ⅓ of it's original price.


What's the best thing you saw on the Internet this year?

Cole Escola's "Mom Commercial"


What's your favorite 'Internet K-hole' search topic?

I like to search hashtags on Instagram. My favorite is "ISaidYes."


Who's your favorite woman on the Internet?

Iyanla Vanzant


For you, what is the hardest thing about being a woman on the Internet/social media? And the best?

Same as walking down the street; constant threat of violence, sexualized scrutiny, etc. BUT-- fun!!!!!!!!


One thing that needs to be erased from the Internet/social media in 2016:

#alllivesmatter





Caroline Moss (@socarolinesays)

Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?

I live in Brooklyn, New York, and I'm the deputy editor of Tech Insider's culture section, and Tech Insider is one of the 2 new entities that launched from Business Insider in 2015.


When/how did you first start using the Internet as a platform?

Probably, officially, in 2009. I had just graduated from college and had a pretty low maintenance desk job where I would finish my tasks in like, 90 minutes. I started a blog where I wrote about being in my 20s and living in NYC. No one's ever done that before, FYI, I invented that.


What was your favorite thing you did on the Internet in 2015?

I got to meet and profile Vine star Logan Paul, who makes tons of money from doing sponsored Vines in front of an audience of millions of fans. I walked into this weird, alternate universe of teen Internet fame that just didn't exist up until very recently. I feel like being an internet star would have been something I would have really strived for if this kind of thing was around when I was in high school, so getting to see this new form of celebrity up close was cool.


What's the best thing you saw on the Internet this year?

It's not from this year but i saw it for the first time this year ... This YouTube of Kim Catrall scatting over her then-husband's bass line should be the next wave of adult coloring books, like, everyone should watch this video when they're stressed out. It's incredibly hypnotizing and also will make you forget your problems because being in the room with Catrall and her ex will make you so uncomfortable you'll forget your own name.


What's your favorite 'Internet K-hole' search topic?

Watching people cover songs on YouTube. I love when I find a really good one that has only, like, 300 views. I take pride in the fact that back in 2007 I saw a video of a kid singing Chris Brown's "Forever" and loved it so much I ripped the audio to my iPod nano and listened to it over ~spring break~. Guess what??? It was Justin Bieber!!!!!!


Who's your favorite woman on the Internet?

There are so, so, so, many women on the internet whom I admire and try to emulate and also am intimidated by, but I'll name the one and only Jazmine Hughes. She will run the world one day.


For you, what is the hardest thing about being a woman on the Internet/social media? And the best?

The worst is what you all already know, but it can be summed up this exchange between Casey Johnston and some guy after she wrote an article about women in tech and he told her to "read the full article" and she was all "buddy, I wrote the article." I once had a guy incessantly reply to a joke I had made on Twitter with accusations that I had either stolen the joke from Reddit, or stolen the joke from a dude. He even tweeted to tell me he was running my joke through an "optimizer" (????????????) so he could "get to the bottom of things." We're getting married later this month!

The best part about being a woman on the internet is that every other woman on the internet understands what it's like to be a woman on the internet.





Ayesha Siddiqi (@pushinghoops)



Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?

I live in Manhattan. I write, and edit the New Inquiry.


When/how did you first start using the Internet as a platform?

I started tweeting a couple years ago. Tweet threads and the timeline as a searchable archive contradicts the idea of tweets as succinct and ephemeral, which is what I originally drew me to it. But I still like twitter. I like hearing from so many different people and I like that 140 characters can carry a joke, a call to action, a prayer, an argument, or a tolerated way of talking to yourself.


What was your favorite thing you did on the Internet in 2015?

Writing horoscopes for our Stars issue, and podcasting.


What's the best thing you saw on the Internet this year?

The graffiti surreptitiously included by Arab artists commissioned to decorate the set of Homeland. And Pluto's glamour shots.


What's your favorite 'Internet K-hole' search topic?

Reading about perfume. That probably calls to mind what people say of writing about music, that it's like 'dancing about architecture'. But all of those sound fine to me. Like music or dancing, perfumery has its own vocabulary. Even if it's borrowed like the term "notes". Using "note" to describe a scent component enriches the meaning of the word "note" far more than it makes reading about perfume imprecise. It turns the entire alchemy into a metaphor for a wholly different pleasure, that of a song. Trying to capture and convey in words the specificity of a sensory experience mirrors the idea of bottling scents. Or anything else that's supposed to be futile, but manages to exist anyway. So I appreciate the attempts, from layman reviews to expert descriptions. Reading about perfume is low stakes knowledge, it doesn't burden you, which is a rare quality for information to have. It's also very intimate knowledge. Being able to name the invisible layers worn by the people around you is a way of seeing more of them.


Who's your favorite woman (or female-centric collective) on the Internet?

Every young woman in a terrible school or home environment that turns to the internet to blog about their favorite subjects, political affirmations, and beauty and wellness regimens. All the young students coping with precarity and mental illness that produce most of whats funny on tumblr. Thats who I'm rooting for.


For you, what is the hardest thing about being a woman on the Internet/social media? And the best?

The best is connecting with other women, I'm afraid I don't find being on the internet very difficult. But that's probably because, while I'm on there often, there isn't much of me on there.


One thing that needs to be erased from the Internet/social media in 2016:

The two people squatting on the twitter handles I want. If I had known I would ever be expected to say my twitter handle aloud I would've used a variation of my name instead of carrying on this inside joke with myself.






Megan Amram (@meganamram)


Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?

Los Angeles, CA, comedy television writer and person who stalks this dog I've never met, Ginger.


When/how did you first start using the Internet as a platform?

Right after I graduated college in 2010, I started my comedy Twitter to practice writing jokes as I moved to Los Angeles. Little did I know it would lead to a comedy career and the clout to be able to get people to follow Ginger.


What was your favorite thing you did on the Internet in 2015?

Probably these two longer form pieces, "Gwyneth's Gift Guide" in The New York Times and "Welcome to Canada!" in The New Yorker. Also, I got Ginger like 5,000 followers. Here is where you can see my beautiful baby who I've never met, Ginger.


What's the best thing you saw on the Internet this year?

The only thing I really care about in the whole wide world is Ginger.

For comedy, hands down: http://hedgehog.exposed/. Download immediately.

Runner up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3K0CJ8usPU


What's your favorite 'Internet K-hole' search topic?

"Internet K-hole" is what I call Kim Kardashian's vagina, so I guess North West? I think she is a true princess. I saw Kim, Kanye and North at brunch this year and I still haven't cleaned the juice outta my jorts.

Also Ginger.


Who is your favorite woman or female-centric collective on the Internet?

The only thing I really care about in the whole wide world is Ginger: https://www.instagram.com/mygingerdoodle/

Kate Berlant, Beth Stelling, Emily Heller, Eliza Skinner, and Aparna Nancherla all have not-to-miss Twitters. Hannah Diamond is my go-to Internet musician.


For you, what is the hardest thing about being a woman on the Internet/social media? And the best?

Best thing about being a woman is finding the only thing I really care about in the whole wide world is Ginger.

Hardest thing about being a woman is finding Ginger and knowing I can't be with her because she lives in Bangdung, Indonesia.


One thing that needs to be erased from the Internet/social media in 2016:

ANYTHING BUT GINGER






Priya Alika Elias (@priya_ebooks)

Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?

I go back and forth between India and America. I'm a lawyer trained in criminal defense.


When/how did you first start using the Internet as a platform?

I started using the Internet as a platform in about 2012 (before that I was just on Facebook). That's when I joined Twitter, but at first I only used it to make the odd tweet about my day and follow other people. I started tweeting heavily in 2014, and that's when I got popular online. I started writing for various publications around then, too.


What was your favorite thing you did on the Internet in 2015?

My favorite thing I did on the Internet in 2015 was probably writing a Gawker article called 'No Indian Friends', which talked about how I came to terms with my heritage and culture. The responses I got to that blew me away because there were so many people talking about how they could relate. The Internet is a great place to feel seen, especially if you're someone who is typically ignored by mainstream culture.


What's the best thing you saw on the Internet this year?

This is embarrassing, but honestly, it's probably the 'rare pepe' meme. I really like memes in general, like Drake in Hotline Bling or Kermit sipping tea. I used to be a super-huge snob about popular culture and refused to consume it. But now I'm on Tumblr, and I love every meme I've seen in 2015. I think it's so great how they have become a way of communication. "How are you feeling today, man?" and you reply with a meme of Drake dancing, or Drake being sad - I think that's great. It's effective shorthand and the most accurate way to express yourself sometimes.


What's your favorite 'Internet K-hole' search topic?

Probably true-crime stories. Those are insanely addictive to me, and there's an endless supply of them. I start by innocently googling a crime story near me and before I know it I'm reading all about the Long Island serial killer of the 90s.


Who is your favorite woman or female-centric collective on the Internet

Twitter, beyond the shadow of a doubt. Funny ,feminist Twitter. I've learnt so much from the women of Twitter, who tweet about everything from what beverage they're drinking to Germaine Greer.


For you, what is the hardest thing about being a woman on the Internet/social media? And the best?

The harassment that comes with being a woman online is something that's very hard to get used to. Over and over again, I see bitter strangers attack not just me, but my friends, for no reason at all. If you have opinions about things and you're a woman online, you're going to get hatred. It's consistent as gravity.

The best part? Probably making lifelong friends with sharp, witty people who live all over the world, and who I'd never have met otherwise.


One thing that needs to be erased from the Internet/social media in 2016:

Anonymous trolls. We can't stop people from harassing women altogether, but we can cut way down on their existence. For instance,if a woman files an abuse report against an anonymous user who's harassing her, then social media platforms need to take that seriously. Both Facebook and Twitter need way better mechanisms to improve safety and security for their users.






Zoë Klar (@zoeklar)



Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?

I live in Los Angeles. I'm a writer and currently I make Internet jokes for a new Comedy Central show, Not Safe with Nikki Glaser.


When/how did you first start using the Internet as a platform?

Twitter was a natural next step after my jokes stopped landing on the Official Christopher Meloni Fan Forum. After college, I started contributing to random comedy websites and tweeting things that alienated my family.


What was your favorite thing you did on the Internet in 2015?

After making parody Cosmopolitan covers for nearly a year, Julia Davidovich and I decided to launch LADYPARTS MAG which features articles based on our covers. We wanted to poke fun at the idiocy of women's magazines and Kid Rock.

Otherwise, I am so humbled to have given the 2015 Mackinee College Commencement Address.


What's the best thing you saw on the Internet this year?

DJ Khaled's Snapchat.


What's your favorite 'Internet K-hole' search topic?

Celebrity Net Worths when I'm happy, Serial Killers when I'm not.


Who's your favorite woman or female-centric collective on the Internet?

The podcast Lady to Lady.


For you, what is the hardest thing about being a woman on the Internet/social media? And the best?

Being a lady on the internet isn't too bad, it's all the idiots that can make it frustrating. That said, the best part is probably the never-ending stream of male attention.


One thing that needs to be erased from the Internet/social media in 2016:

My ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend's Instagram account.





Lindsey Weber (@lindseyweber)


Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?

I live in Los Angeles and I am currently Deputy Editor at MEL.


When/how did you first start using the Internet as a platform?

When I was a young teen, I downloaded my first set of .MP3s off of Kazaa. I believe it was the entirety of NSYNC's Christmas album.


What was your favorite thing you did on the Internet in 2015?

Either my North West fashion blog, North Dressed or my co-authored newsletter, Who? Weekly (will be coming back very soon! Stay tuned! #ad)


What's the best thing you saw on the Internet this year?

An updated version of Kris Jenner 30's Birthday video that my friends made for me when I moved to Los Angeles.


What's your favorite 'Internet K-hole' search topic?

Anything involving the Kennedys that exists on Wikipedia.


Who's your favorite woman or female-centric collective on the Internet?

Martha Stewart's Instagram.


For you, what is the hardest thing about being a woman on the Internet/social media? And the best?

The hardest thing about being a woman on the Internet is definitely the typing. The best part about being a woman on the Internet are the free snacks.


One thing that needs to be erased from the Internet/social media in 2016:

All of the tweets I did in 2015.





Christine Friar (@christinefriar)


Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?

I am based out of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and I write for a living.


When/how did you first start using the Internet as a platform?

When I was maybe twelve or thirteen I got really into any free, journal-based services I could get my hands on. Now that it's less mortifyingly geeky to talk about, it seems like pretty much everyone gravitated toward LiveJournal and Xanga around then, but I was really into second-string sites like Free Open Diary and AllPoetry. I was also like 85% sure that using the internet so much would eventually lead to my being abducted and murdered, so I'd always post under a pseudonym and change identifying details. A lot of the time I went by Katie and lived in Georgia. Shoutout to my first gen internet friends! Sorry I could never hang out!


What was your favorite thing you did on the Internet in 2015?

Favorite fun thing I wrote was about Beyonce's dad, favorite serious thing I wrote was about learning to cope with grief. I can't pick a favorite tweet because I love all of my fabulous children equally (but this recent one is p solid).


What's your favorite 'Internet K-hole' search topic?

I love this artist who smushes bread with her face while music plays. And I love this Vine account I found full of spiritual advice from a lady named Heather Hans.


This is a super selfish answer, because maybe someone will solve it for me and it'll stop being a k-hole, but I've been haunted by this shirt I saw on Etsy for months. It was already sold when I found it, so I can't buy the one in the picture, but it seems like no one else anywhere on the internet is selling anything even remotely similar. We've tried every search term imaginable, and the closest I got was this Zumiez abomination. No one made a name for this style of shirt, and time is trying hard to erase it, but it's kind of my white whale at this point. I'd look good as hell in the flannel your cousin's third-favorite comic wore for his Premium Blend appearance in 1997. Quote me.


Who's your favorite woman or female-centric collective on the Internet?

Tessa Strain. Caroline Moss. Pilot Viruet. Lacey Micallef. Heather Havrilesky. Jazmine Hughes. Lisa Hanawalt. Lily (who's tweets are private but who you should request to follow, because maybe she'll approve you, and she's wonderful). Kate Berlant. Casey Jane Ellison. So many fucking funny people who are lights in this world and gifts in yr feed.


For you, what's the hardest part about being a woman on the Internet? And the best?

Honestly, being female on social media hasn't been so hard for me this year. Sure, I get pissed off about culture and idiots who are bad, but that's an all-day thing. It's not specific to the space I've carved out for myself online. And tbh speaking up about the things that irk me usually ends up contributing to the best thing: community. Joking and gabbing with my pals all the goddamn time and not caring for even one second if anyone thinks it's cute or not. Fav me or don't, man, I'm gonna tweet about Vanderpump Rules four times tonight.


One thing that needs to be erased from the Internet/social media in 2016:

The words human being, adult, dystopia, and hellscape. Really just any stock vocab that's been run into the ground. All of us should listen to and then manifest Jay Z's "Off That" in 2016.





Lara Marie Schoenhals (@larzmarie)

Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?

I'm a writer/comedian living in West Hollywood. But first and foremost, I am an actress.


When/how did you first start using the Internet as a platform?

I created the twitter account @whitegrlproblem with some friends in 2010, which was my first attempt at using the internet as an outlet for humor. That eventually evolved into a fictional character named Babe Walker and spawned two books, so I guess it worked out!


What was your favorite thing you did on the Internet in 2015?

I posted a photo on instagram that Gwyneth Paltrow commented on but didn't like, which is fine. That's her journey and I respect it.


What's the best thing you saw on the Internet this year?

This video of Shrek dancing.


What's your favorite 'Internet K-hole' search topic?

"Bella Hadid plastic surgery"


Who is your favorite woman or female-centric collective on the Internet?

I love Broadly, and am especially obsessed with their resident astrologist, Annabel Gat.


For you, what is the hardest thing about being a woman on the Internet/social media? And the best?

The hardest thing about being a woman on the internet is reading about all the awful shit that happens to women, day in and day out, and realizing we're still very much fighting an uphill battle when it comes to equal rights. But generally I love being a woman on the internet/social media. Most of the characters I create and the subject matter I make fun of are female-centric, and my audience is mainly women and gay men, so it's been a great lol zone for me because they have the best sense of humor.


One thing that needs to be erased from the Internet/social media in 2016:

People who abuse Facetune. And Donald Trump.





Casey Jane Ellison (@caseyjaneellison)

Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?

LA. I'm a comedian, writer, artist, and director.


When/how did you first start using the Internet as a platform?

2011 which I think is late for a girl like me. I wasn't a natural born sharer and it was Jeanette Hayes who pressured me into tweeting, thank god! 2011 was also when I did my first webseries. 2011 was probably the last year that the Internet could be considered a platform like, we're all on the platform, so is it still technically a platform...?


What was your favorite thing you did on the Internet in 2015?

BB Dakota. Here are all 6 episodes!


What's the best thing you saw on the Internet this year?

Cody Critcheole directed a Robyn music video featuring Maluca Mala.


Cody Critcheloe directed a Robyn video featuring Maluca Mala

What's your favorite 'Internet K-hole' search topic?

My favorite/least favorite: Casey Jane Ellison


Who is your favorite woman or female-centric collective on the Internet?

Cocoon Central Dance Team!


For you, what is the hardest thing about being a woman on the Internet/social media? And the best?

I think they're the same thing. And I think it's that all my posts are just a massive dating profile.


One thing that needs to be erased from the Internet/social media in 2016:

I would never censor anyone because like, that subject doesn't really have to do with me and like, what I do and like, I'm not really into stuff that's not really like, about me.