Toria Sheffield

Freelance Writer

Currently east-coast News Editor for HelloGiggles, my work has been featured in places like The HuffPost Blog, Bustle, Reductress, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and HistoryBuff.com.

Some of my writing awards include the Gold Prize for Feature Length Comedy in the International Page Awards, Top 10 Finalist in the Big Break Screenwriting Competition, 2nd Rounder in the Austin Film Fest, and Grand Prize Winner in the Creative World Awards for Screenwriting.

E-mail me at [email protected]

New York, NY

Portfolio

Comedy

Reductress

Woman Accused of Murder Acquitted on the 'You Do You' Defense

Cheryl Panowski, who was accused of murdering her boyfriend last May, has officially been acquitted under the state of Maryland's controversial "You Do You" law. The law...

Reductress

How To be Seen As Your Coworker's Daughter Instead of Just Someone He Wants to Have Sex With

In a perfect world, your male coworkers wouldn't need to see you as either a daughter figure or as someone they want to have sex with, and instead just see you as the qualified...

Reductress

Study Measures Self-Esteem Based On Whether You'd Date Beetlejuice

A recent study featured in Psychology Today shows a direct correlation between self-esteem and whether or not you'd date Beetlejuice. Head researcher Dr. Karen Wazowski says...

McSweeney's Internet Tendency

List: Five Works of Feminist Literature That Make Great Diet Food.

Lists Five Works of Feminist Literature That Make Great Diet Food. The Feminine Mystique This essay, largely credited with igniting second-wave feminism, is an absolute staple...

Reductress

How To Cover Up the Fact That You Just Texted Sharon That You Hate Sharon

How To Cover Up the Fact That You Just Texted Sharon That You Hate Sharon

Reductress

Tips for Cutting Carbs to Read About While You Eat Cake

Cutting carbs doesn't have to be painful-it can practically be a piece of cake! Especially if it's hypothetical and done in your head while you devour the other half of that...

Personal Essay

The Huffington Post

3 Major Perks Of My Parents' Divorce (And I Don't Mean Double Christmas)

I was recently at a dinner party among people I didn't know very well (note to self: stop doing that), when the topic somehow turned to grown children of divorce. One of the...

The Huffington Post

An Expensive Mind (a.k.a. What a Lot of Privileged People Don't Want to Admit)

I have a very expensive brain. It attended a fancy, all girls preparatory school and was then sent off to one of those top-tier liberal arts colleges somewhere in Massachusetts....

The Huffington Post

Dear Chivalry, Please Die (and Stay Dead!)

I'm going to say something that will not likely be very popular among a lot of people. I anticipate a lot of backlash. But here it goes: I think chivalry between men and women...

Issues

The Huffington Post

Why 'We're All Just Animals' Is a Terrible Justification for Casual Sex

I was recently out at a birthday party in Philadelphia with a bunch of fellow 20-somethings, when the conversation (as it will) turned to sex and relationships -- specifically...

The Huffington Post

This Is What's Wrong With Women On TV

I recently started watching the NBC summer crime drama Aquarius. It's admittedly not the best show in the world, but I'm a big David Duchovny fan and it's definitely...

The Huffington Post

Stop Using "People Are Over-Sensitive" to Excuse Racial Bias

I was recently in a conversation about the ever-growing string of instances in which white police officers used lethal force against black citizens, usually when it appeared to...

Miscellany

Bustle

A Celebrity Stylist Went Through My Closet & Here's What Happened

I'm one of those people who often complains I have nothing to wear. I'll try on countless outfits, stare into my closet in frustration, and ultimately end up throwing on jeans...

HelloGiggles

This is what your favorite color says about you, according to "color psychology"

Apparently color psychology can tell you a lot about yourself.

Bustle

8 Ways To Ease Feelings Of Loneliness

We've all felt lonely at one time or another in our lives, and unfortunately a lot of people don't realize that there are actually a lot of effective ways to beat loneliness out...