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Shira Feder


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Hi! I'm a freelance New York-based writer who covers science, culture, and everything in between.

YES! Magazine
The Fear of Fat: Our Last Acceptable Bias

The U.S. has a problem with its weight-but not in the way you might think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 70% of Americans are either overweight or obese, but there's another side to the "obesity epidemic" that isn't spoken about enough: fat bias.

How We Heal

New Yorkers are finding new ways to heal their minds and bodies. Here's an interactive look at the landscape of alternative medicine in the Big Apple.

Granny panties are taking over underwear drawers. Here's why.

Rihanna poses on Instagram, lips pursed, come-hither stare firmly in place, wearing a set of yellow, high-waisted underwear and comfy, matching bralette set. 3.6 million people "Like" the post. She's modeling her Savage X Fenty lingerie line. Somewhere in California, her PR reps applaud.

Opinion | 2018 Felt Like The Year Of The Woman Pop Star, But It Wasn't

In many ways, 2018 felt like the year of the female pop star. From the rise of Cardi B to Ariana Grande's continued grip on the charts to Lady Gaga's rebirth in "A Star Is Born," if you looked at only the headlines, you might think that women were dominating the pop music world or that they had at least reached parity with men.

The Daily Beast
In the Future, Your Room Service Will Be Delivered by a Robot Butler

SERVICE WITH A BEEP Meet Alina. She fetches towels, shampoo, and keys for guests. She takes the elevator by herself. She's a robot. Alina lives in Times Square, where she works 24 hours a day for the Luma Hotel, fetching guests' shampoo, towels and keys.

The Forward
Why Did NYC Lose 15 Kosher Restaurants In 2018?

Everyone knows opening a restaurant is a tricky business. Only 21% of restaurant start-ups survive past 15 years, the average restaurant lifetime is 4.5 years, and 17% of restaurants fail within their first year of business. In the kosher community, all of those percentages are a whole lot higher.

Keeping the Peace

It's a mess down here, a goddamn mess. Such a mess that Israelis have a special word for it, balagan, a word invalidated unless accompanied by frantically gesticulating hands and a scornful glance as if to say I know it's a mess, I'm smart enough to know that and that makes me better than the mess.

Roxane Gay and her Difficult Women

Let's start with this: The stories in Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay, are not for or about the faint of heart. These stories shouldn't be read in one sitting. These stories shouldn't be picked up for a quick read on a plane. No one should read these stories with a mug of steaming chamomile on a snowy day.

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