Suzannah Weiss

Writer, editor, and communications strategist with expertise in social justice, relationships, arts and culture, science, and technology

Email: [email protected]

ABOUT ME

I'm a freelance writer specializing in feminist issues and sex and relationships, publishing up to 15 articles a day. I also work as a freelance editor, social media manager, and career consultant (more info on that in the next section).

I write on a daily basis for Glamour, Refinery29, and Bustle and on a regular basis for Everyday Feminism, Vice, Men's Health, Complex, Audiofemme, MEL, Ravishly, and more. As Weekend Editor for Teen Vogue, I write around 10 stories/day, edit other stories, and post them on social media on the weekends. My articles on social justice, relationships, pop culture, science, and technology have also appeared in The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Salon, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Bitch, Bust, Paper Magazine, Self, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Mic, Business Insider, Yahoo, Long Island Pulse, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Alternet, xoJane, POPSUGAR, Thought Catalog, SheKnows, The Good Men Project, The Frisky, YourTango, Role/Reboot, The Freelancer, Footnote, Her Campus, and more.

I'm an author of the book Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, and I regularly make radio appearances to discuss gender, body image, social justice, and sex and relationships. But my favorite claim to fame is that Whoopi Goldberg cited one of my articles in a discussion about sex and feminism on The View.

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.

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Arts in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Modern Culture & Media with honors from Brown University, where I received the Barbara Banks Brodsky Prize for Excellence in Real World Writing and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women Undergraduate Fellowship. I've conducted research for Brown's Social Cognitive Science Research Center, Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative, and Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women. As a huge critical theory and science nerd, I love to communicate academic insights so clearly that people don't even realize they're academic.

My poems and humor writing have been featured in readings and published in journals including sPARKLE & bLINK and The East Bay Review. I taught a seminar in February 2016 on how to write a love poem.

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 will 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. You can contact me at [email protected] for more information and pricing.

A NOTE FOR AGENTS

I'm seeking representation for two separate book projects. Please email me at [email protected] for more information.

A NOTE FOR PR PEOPLE

I welcome pitches, but please familiarize yourself with my writing. No body-shaming products, heteronormative advice, or gender stereotypes, please. I look for:
-Timely stories on feminism, body positivity, and LGBT issues
-Timely and evergreen sex/relationship and health stories and research
-Concerts and music festivals
-Authors and other public figures available for Q&As (typically with some sort of social justice angle)
-Press trips. I typically produce multiple articles within a week of the trip.

I receive dozens of pitches per day and respond quickly to the ones that catch my eye, so please don't follow up more than once. Thank you!

Oh, and please don't ask me where I'm based! I have no base, and I'm probably not where I was a month ago.

You can see a small selection of my work below.

Portfolio

Personal favorites

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"...
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...
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...
When I Get Back To My Body
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 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...
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...
On having no tits: a feminist interlocution of Douglas Harding’s “On having no head”
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...
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...
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...
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.
People Have Been Using MDMA to Treat PTSD for Decades | Broadly
Though it may seem surprising, the so-called "party drug" was used in therapy years before it was banned in the US.
Investigating the Urban Legend That LSD Will Make You Think You're Orange Juice
"A guy was running from the cops and had a sheet [of . "He knew he was gonna get busted and didn't know what to do with LSD] in his pocket," goes one variation of a popular...
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...
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,...
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...
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"...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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