Suzannah Weiss

Writer and editor focused on feminism, sex, relationships, and more

Email me: [email protected]

Suzannah Weiss is a freelance writer and editor who currently serves as Weekend Editor for Teen Vogue, a daily news writer for Glamour and Refinery29, and a features writer for Bustle, Vice, Audiofemme, Elle, The Washington Post, Everyday Feminism, Self, and more, publishing up to 15 articles/day. She authored a chapter of Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World and frequently discusses gender, body image, and social justice on radio shows and podcasts. She has edited for Broadly, Teen Vogue, and several bestselling authors and ghostwritten for well-known CEOs. When she's not writing or editing, she works as a content marketer and career coach. She holds degrees in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Modern Culture & Media from Brown University, which she uses mainly to overanalyze The Bachelor and argue over semantics. Whoopi Goldberg once cited one of her articles on The View in a debate over whether asking for what you want in bed is a feminist act. (She thinks it is.)

MORE ABOUT MY BACKGROUND

My background in writing, editing, marketing, and communications ranges from tech startups to academic journals. Before starting my freelance career, I served as Assistant Editor for Footnote, a site that translates academic research for mainstream audiences, Editorial Assistant for the academic journal Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Content Specialist for the technology startup WibiData, and Content Writer for the technology-focused PR firm Coderella. My writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Seventeen, Bitch, Bust, Women's Health, Men's Health, Vice, Salon, Paper, Paste, Self, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Mic, Business Insider, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Complex, Alternet, Thought Catalog, Bustle, Everyday Feminism, Pop Sugar, xoJane, She Knows, and much more.

A NOTE FOR PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE TO DO THIS TOO

I went from a disillusioned office worker to a freelance writer and digital nomad with a six-figure income in less than a year starting solely with cold pitches and submissions. Since I want to help others make this career transition or improve the careers they already have, I offer several forms of consulting. I'll give feedback on pitches and submissions, help you place them with appropriate publications, share editors' contact information, give advice on promoting your content and managing your online presence, and edit work for current or aspiring writers or PR people who want help getting coverage. I also coach people who want help making the transition to the digital nomad lifestyle. I charge $50 for the first half hour and $150/hour after that. You can contact me at [email protected] if this interests you.

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Washington Post

Body positivity has brought us plus-size pageants and models. It also means we objectify more women.

This week, women sizes 14 and up will compete in the Miss Plus America pageant in Atlanta. There will be interviews, pant wear and evening gown shows, and a "photogenic photo"...

The Establishment

The Experience That Reminds Me I Can Say 'Yes'

"No." I squeezed my legs together and rolled across the bed the way a child rolls down a hill, said "no" the way that child does when she doesn't want to go to school. I had a...

The Establishment

How "Love Your Body" Became A Marketing Slogan - The Establishment

In 1991, Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth called attention to a lie we've all been sold: women must be beautiful to be happy. In the years since, a new myth has taken shape: we have...

ELLE

I Got Six Shots in My Vagina in the Name of 'Empowerment'

During a moment in history when Kim Kardashian gets to snap a nude selfie and call it "empowerment" and Dior sells $710 "we should all be feminists" T-shirts , I've grown...

Prospect: An Anthology of Creative Nonfiction

I Don't Believe in Souls, But My Soul Does

When I was six, I began to question my mental image of God as the cartoon version of Ichabod (Ichabob, I called him) Crane, lounging on a cloud with a cane in his hand. I do not...

The Establishment

To Whoever Called My Hotel Room While I Was Masturbating

Maybe you were just calling to let me know I accidentally wore the shoes from the spa back to my room. If so, I apologize, and the rest of this doesn't apply to you. In the...

Alternet

What Happened When My Boyfriend Became My Girlfriend

On our first OKCupid-initiated date, Ryan* and I timidly gazed at each other across a cafe table, punctuating the silence with sips of lattes. But by the time the discussion...

Marie Claire

It's Exhausting to Love Your Body, So I Won't

The week after I finished treatment for an eating disorder, I asked my doctor not to reveal my weight. He said that until I could look at the number, I hadn't recovered. Seven...

Seventeen

I Was 17 When My Boyfriend Sold Me for Sex

Growing up, I was an adventurous, fun-loving kid. I did well in school, was on the track, basketball, and swimming teams, and pretty popular. But after I moved from Iowa to...

Salon

Wasn't I supposed to be sex-positive?: My teenage summer romance with an older man

I was 17 when I became entangled in a sexual relationship with a 33-year-old, a stranger I met on a Long Island beach after sneaking out with a girlfriend on a family vacation.

Washington Post

The social justice teach-in hosted by college professors on Twitter, no tuition required

When Andrew Hassell was 29, he was working for a cable provider in Bridgeport, CT and had never completed school past the fifth grade. Financial circumstances had prevented him...

PAPERMAG

Highlights from Houston's Day For Night Festival

Strobe lights darted between metal bars as crowds navigated a shadowy gallery, periodic ticks and crashes jolting their eardrums. As they stepped out onto a crimson-gold carpet,...

MEL Magazine

It's Time to Stop Obsessing Over Housework and Sex

In 2014, a New York Times Magazine cover story titled "Does a More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex?" sent the internet into a frenzy. Citing a study in The American Sociological...

SELF

How Nude Modeling Helped Me Recover From An Eating Disorder

When I arrived at college for the first semester of my freshmen year, I had come straight out of a residential eating disorder treatment program. Anorexia had plagued me on and...

Marie Claire

The $20 That Broke My Relationship's Back

The fall semester of my second to last year of college, I was browsing my OKCupid matches when a cute musician's response to the site's "most private thing I'm willing to admit"...

Her Campus

Behind All the Hype

I've always had trouble conjuring up the childlike excitement that is supposed to characterize spring weekend. Perhaps this is why, as Kendrick Lamar's "Pussy and Patrón" echoed...

Glamour

How I Gave Up My Apartment and Traveled the World Doing My Dream Job

One early morning when I was five, I packed a peach in my Disney World dragon backpack, left a note reassuring my parents I'd be back soon, and tiptoed out the door to explore...

POPSUGAR Love & Sex

What It's Really Like to Have Love Without Labels

Are you in dating limbo? Writer Suzannah Weiss shares her personal experience with existing in a state somewhere between casual dalliance and romantic relationship. When I first...