Suzannah Weiss

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

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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.

Portfolio

Personal favorites

The Establishment
09/02/2016
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 bleary memory of the...

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 know how this image arose. I asked my father what God looked like.

The Establishment
12/16/2016
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 event that you somehow...

Alternet
04/21/2015
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 escalated to our common childhood spiritual obsessions, it was as if we had known each other forever.

Marie Claire
09/11/2015
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 years later, I still avoid the scale. I also steer clear of photos of myself, and refuse to own a full-length mirror.

Seventeen
12/18/2015
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 Georgia at age 17, I felt alone for the first time.

PAPERMAG
12/22/2015
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, spectators were chanting "Alright" with Kendrick Lamar while vendors sold strawberry champagne cupcakes and pheasant cognac dogs.

MEL Magazine
08/10/2016
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 Review suggesting that heterosexual couples who left the cooking and cleaning to the women had more sex, combined with anecdotal evidence from egalitarian couples in sexless marriages, psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb presented the theory that an equal division of household labor kills desire.

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 off throughout high school, and after two months of therapy, carefully planned meals, and heart-to-hearts with other patients, I was cleared to leave that August.

Marie Claire
01/13/2016
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" caught my eye: "My cat was 100 percent deaf, and I still talked to her."

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 across the main green, I was thinking about, not pussy or Patrón, but Louis Althusser's theory of interpellation.

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 my neighborhood. I only made it two blocks, but that impulse to take off with nothing but my backpack would one day carry me farther.

POPSUGAR Love & Sex
05/12/2015
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 read Jordana Narin's " No Labels, No Drama, Right?", a New York Times Modern Love essay about a guy named Jeremy who is much more than a hookup yet not quite a boyfriend to the author, I thought, "She's obviously crazy about him.

Contributor pages

Teen Vogue
06/05/2017
Suzannah Weiss Bio, latest news and articles

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Bustle
03/07/2017
Suzannah Weiss

Suzannah Weiss is a writer whose work has also appeared in The Washington Post, Salon, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Bitch, Bust, Vice, Paper Magazine, Buzzfeed, Mic, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Alternet, Thought Catalog, Paste, POPSUGAR, The Good Men Project, xoJane, YourTango, Ravishly, and more.

Melmagazine
11/23/2016
Suzannah Weiss - MEL Magazine

Read writing from Suzannah Weiss in MEL Magazine. Hi there! Find me at @suzannahweiss or www.suzannahweiss.com. Every day, Suzannah Weiss and thousands of other voices read, write, and share important stories on MEL Magazine.

Audiofemme
Suzannah Weiss, Author at Audiofemme

Credit: Katrina Barber When you're talking to Jana Hunter, nothing is taboo. As his band Lower Dens has gotten big, he's used his platform to talk candidly about societal problems, like racism in the music industry and the enforcement of the gender binary, as well as internal struggles, like the temptation of infidelity.

Men's Health
03/04/2017
Suzannah Weiss

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Sex and relationships

Washington Post
04/26/2016
What professional cuddlers can teach us about touch

When H. Melinda Krakowski,a customer service representative in New York City, was married, she couldn't shake the feeling that she was alone, even when her husband was in the room with her. That's because they almost never touched, and she felt starved for physical affection.

Everyday Feminism
05/14/2017
4 Super Real Reasons Women Fake Orgasms

About a year ago, I ran into a guy I'd been on two dates with at a Metric concert. I'd declined the third date because I wasn't really feeling it, but that night I wanted someone to sleep next to. So I accepted an invitation to come home with him on the grounds that we really just cuddle.

Everyday Feminism
05/16/2017
Why We Need to Stop Normalizing Painful Sex

I'd heard the rumors about first-time penis-in-vagina sex being painful, but I always had the sense I'd be just fine. My vibrator never hurt me as long as I was turned on, so how different could a penis really be? But then, one of my friends told me it really hurt for her.

Glamour
Seriously, What Happened to the Dental Dam?

After the first time I received oral sex, a friend chastised me: "You should've used a dental dam!" A what? I thought. A few weeks later a sex educator on my college campus explained: A dental dam is a latex or polyurethane sheet created to block off teeth for dental surgery and repurposed to prevent STIs during oral sex.

Everyday Feminism
01/18/2016
7 Myths About Women and Masturbation It's Time to Unlearn Right Now - Everyday Feminism

"You masturbate?" This conversation I had with a male friend embodies the surprise a lot of people express when they find out I not only masturbate, but also admit it unabashedly. Because even though this friend and I talked about sex all the time and he knew I was sexually active in my relationships, the idea that I would be sexual alone hadn't occurred to him.

Everyday Feminism
11/23/2015
7 Ways to Tell If Your Partner Might Be Manipulative - Everyday Feminism

"I think I do it to distract myself." I was telling a friend about my newly acquired habit of picking the split ends from my waist-length hair. "From what?" "Anger." I thought about it. "I'm angry all the time." "With who?" My eyes darted around the room. I was scared to admit it.

Teen Vogue
05/25/2017
Having Sex Will NOT Stretch Out Your Vagina

We're lucky if sex ed teaches us anything about what's between our legs (besides that it could make us pregnant), and the messages we get from the media can be just as disempowering. They can give you the impression that having a vagina must be painful or even shameful, and there's a ton of unnecessary policing around how we use ours.

Bitch Media
"Vibrator Nation" Celebrates the History of Sex Toys

Rating Borrow from a friend This article appears in our 2017 Fall issue, Facts. Subscribe today! Reading Lynn Comella's Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure summoned memories of buying my first vibrator.

Glamour
Why Are Sex Robots All Female? Because the 'Ideal Woman' Is a Robot

Over the past few years, futurists have been saying sex robots are on the horizon-and, in fact, they already exist. News has emerged about sex robots like Roxxxy, who can talk about current events, and Harmony AI, who responds to questions about her sexual preferences (even if it's just with "I'm not that kind of girl").

Broadly
05/03/2017
'Fear of the Clit': A Brief History of Medical Books Erasing Women's Genitalia

University of Cambridge researchers recently discovered a 16th-century anatomy book with one peculiar feature: a triangular cut out where the vagina would've appeared. It was almost too perfect-a metaphor for Western culture's denial of female sexuality. It was more than a metaphor, in fact.

Glamour
I Refuse to Shave My Pubic Hair-and I'm Sick of Getting Shamed

As a teen I somehow missed the memo that pubic-hair grooming was a thing. My full bush never crossed my mind when I brought hookups back to my college dorm room. Once, I told a guy who was lingering on my inner thighs to stop "beating around the bush," and he responded, "You mean that literally, huh?"

ELLE
07/19/2017
The "Pussy Pastor" Wants You To Know Jesus Had Sex

"Jesus had a penis. And wet dreams." This was the philosophy that inspired Heidi Johnson to found the Pussy Club, a sex-positive group at Duke Divinity School where Christian female students would discuss, among other things, masturbation as a spiritual practice, in 2014. They also gathered to buy sex toys to explore this newfound sexuality.

Glamour
11 of the Most Expensive Sex Toys to Ever Exist

By Suzannah Weiss When you've got some spare change in your wallet, you could stash it away in your savings or invest in your professional growth. Or if you're as rich as, say, Gwyneth Paltrow, you could splurge on a luxury dildo.

MEL Magazine
06/23/2016
A Psychic Explains the Allure of the Mile-High Club

Airplane bathrooms are not inherently appealing places. They induce intense claustrophobia, produce frankly alarming noises, and smell like a combination of toilet bowl cleaner and, well, toilet bowls. Common sense would suggest they'd be very low on the list of places where people would ever want to get it on.

Glamour
I Masturbated With a Crystal Sex Toy, and It Turned Me Into a Believer

When I met Chakrubs founder Vanessa Cuccia at an event showcasing her crystal wands, eggs, and other adult products designed for spiritual healing, I was intrigued but, understandably, a little skeptical. Could a sex toy really put you in touch with your feelings, bring you closer to your partner, and strengthen your intuition, all through the power of crystals, as she claimed?

Glamour
I Love Sex but I Hate Kissing-And I Refuse to Do It

Confession: I'm one of those annoying people who won't share drinks with friends. It's not because I'm a germaphobe as much as I'm a saliva-phobe. To me, spit's just gross. It is. But that particular phobia doesn't end with me not letting someone take a swig from my Poland Spring bottle-it also means I hate making out.

MEL Magazine
08/30/2016
The Perfect Elopement, With All Your Friends Watching

In April, Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Chelsea Peretti and Key & Peele's Jordan Peele did what many people in love have done before. They eloped. Thanks to the surprise and both of their celebrity, their elopement, something that is usually purposefully private, was rather public.

Refinery29
Women Are Just Not That Into Valentine's Day, For Totally Relatable Reasons

We might think of Valentine's Day as an occasion for chocolates, candlelit dinners, and adventurous new tricks in bed. But according to an epi24 study, many women would prefer to Netflix-and-chill. A good deal could even live without the chill part - especially when they're not getting as much out of it as their partners.

Men's Health
08/23/2016
The 5 Sexiest Sports For Men to Play, According To Tinder Data

Olympic hookups have long been a legendary part of the Games. There isn't an Olympic cycle that passes without the jaw-dropping number of condoms shipped in for the athletes (a record 42 rubbers per competitor in 2016!) making headlines. But thanks to the relatively recent invention of hookup apps like Tinder, it seems like elite athletes really got lucky in Rio.

Glamour
Scientists Are Testing a Dating App for Orangutans

Since online dating has helped a lot of people find relationships and hookups, why not let animals give it a spin? Researchers at Apenheul primate park in the Netherlands are undergoing a "Tinder for orangutans" experiment, which is exactly what it sounds like.

Men's Health
05/23/2016
The Best First Message to Send On a Dating Site

As any guy who's ventured onto Tinder or OKCupid knows, that first message is daunting. Should you lead with a compliment? A simple "Hey, how are you?" To find out, the dating site Plenty of Fish asked more than 1,000 people who had met their spouses online what their first message said.

Mic
05/09/2016
11 Signs You're Dating a Sociopath (And Not Just a Garden Variety Asshole)

Remember that guy you called a sociopath when he ghosted you after three Tinder dates? He was an asshole, no doubt, but "sociopath" may not be the right word choice. With 1% of the U.S. population fitting the diagnosis for antisocial personality disorder (colloquially known as sociopathy), it's likely you've met one of these people at some point in your life.

Glamour
Here's the Problem With That Whole Orgasm Subplot on 'The Bachelor'

Last week, The Bachelor broke from its tradition of addressing cast members' physical relationships via oblique references to time spent in the not-so-oblique Fantasy Suite and tackled sex head on thanks to contestant Raven's confession that she'd never orgasmed.

Glamour
Why Don't We Talk About Painful Sex?

Isn't this supposed to be enjoyable? Liana, 31, remembers thinking repeatedly when she started having sex. For years she didn't understand why it hurt so much-until she ended up at her doctor's office, seeking treatment for her debilitating periods, fatigue, and constant spotting.

Glamour
Why Simultaneous Orgasms Are Kind of BS

According to a 4,400-person survey by the sex toy company Lovehoney, 89 percent of couples have orgasmed at the same time, 37 percent do half the time or more, and the average couple orgasms simultaneously once every three times they're intimate. Those numbers sound absurdly high to you?

Glamour
Want a Happier Relationship? Do This One Thing Together Every Day

September 2, 2015 Want to know one simple way to make your relationship stronger? Of course you do. It might sound obvious, but according to a study published last week in Personal Relationships, couples who laugh together stay together. We mean this literally. Read on.

Glamour
Is Monogamy in Your Genes? Maybe Not

Prairie voles can teach us a lot about human behavior, according to researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, who just published a study in Science on the correlation between genetics and monogamy. The scientists examined the brains of male prairie voles, which, like humans, vary from committing themselves to one partner to playing the field (or, in this case, the prairie).

Refinery29
01/04/2017
The Shame-Free Guide To Queefing

Though I know it's wrong to snoop on your significant other, there was one time in college when I caved in to the temptation. My boyfriend logged into Facebook on my computer, and after he left, I noticed a private message window. In it, he told his friend something I will never forget: that my vagina was "flatulent."

Cosmopolitan
08/11/2016
10 Things Your Friend Who Falls In Love Easily Wants You to Know

You know that friend who says she's in love with a new person every six months? The one who declares her feelings within weeks or even days of meeting them? I'm that friend. Hi. In 2012, I broke a personal record and waited a whole month before telling my friends I loved the guy I was newly dating.

Salon
02/22/2016
"Here for the right reasons": Why people really agree to go on "The Bachelor"

Anyone who has watched ABC's " The Bachelor ," " The Bachelorette" or " Bachelor in Paradise" has seen a contestant come under fire for being "there for the wrong reasons," typically referring to fame. The oft-cited "right reason" to compete for the Bachelor or Bachelorette's heart and hand is "to find love."

Glamour
03/02/2016
The Surprising Task That Can Improve Your Sex Life

Who ever said household chores couldn't be sexy? According to a new study coming out in The Journal of Marriage and Family, they can be when you share them. The researchers compared two surveys that asked married couples how they divided household labor and how often they got it on: the Marital and Relationship Survey from 2006 and the National Survey on Families and Households from the early '90s.

Washington Post
11/10/2015
Why we need to stop celebrating overprotective fathers

A photo of a Wisconsin girl's father and boyfriend with the caption "Whatever you do to my daughter, I will do to you" went viral last month, provoking Facebook comments like "Kudos to Dad for being protective," "You can never be too protective of your little girls," and "Good job dad.

Broadly
08/24/2017
When Does Sex on MDMA Count as Rape?

MDMA can lead to a loss of inhibition, so experts say that taking advantage of someone high on the drug could be considered sexual assault. But prosecuting these cases is complicated by our limited definition of what constitutes a date rape drug.

Glamour
No, A Spray for Men Won't Close the Orgasm Gap

Recently, you might've seen a product called "Promescent" in the news. It's a spray for guys to put on their junk that can help them last longer in bed. And it's making a bold claim: that it can close the orgasm gap.

Mic
03/17/2016
This Is the One Sign That You're In an Adult Relationship

Back in January, Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings publicly condoned people sharing Netflix accounts, saying he considered it a "terrific marketing vehicle" for the website. What Hastings probably didn't realize, however, is the extent to which people are sharing their passwords: More than two-thirds of Netflix users have shared their usernames and passwords, according to a survey from GlobalWebIndex.

Feminism and social justice

Refinery29
The Problem With Chelsea Handler's Call For Women To "Do Better"

Chelsea Handler is sick of women - particularly white women - undermining women's rights. In a letter posted to Thrive Global, she discussed the 2016 election, in which 48.2% of women voted for Clinton and 46.2% - including 53% of white women - voted for Trump.

Mic
04/15/2016
Here's Why We Absolutely Need to Stop Using the Term "On the Spectrum"

" Sheldon Cooper is such a funny character... he's definitely on the spectrum, though." This is the Urban Dictionary example sentence for "on the spectrum," which is defined as "a phrase used to describe a person with social tics and/or awkwardness usually associated with autism or Asperger's Syndrome."

Glamour
Even Job Ads Are Sexist

The exclusion of women from male-dominated industries and leadership roles happens at every stage of their lives, from discouragement in school to bias in job interviews. And one overlooked but major source of gender inequality in the workplace is the wording on job ads.

Glamour
This Is the Real Reason So Many Women Are Stressed About Work

Research has shown that women in male-dominated fields tend to experience more work-related stress than men in female-dominated ones. Cate Taylor, an assistant professor of sociology and gender studies at Indiana University, wondered why this was. Are women somehow more prone to work-related stress, or do differences in how men and women are treated have something to do with it?

Long Island Pulse Magazine
03/07/2017
Do Women-Only Spaces Belong in 2017? | Long Island Pulse Magazine

When she began her career in academia in 2009, Loyola University professor Karsonya Wise Whitehead grew tired of getting ignored and interrupted by men on academic committees. "When I would make comments in the meetings, nobody would react; someone would repeat my comment as if it were his own and people would engage in conversation with him," she recalled.

Ravishly
Academics Step Down From The Ivory Tower To Enact Social Change

On February 15, 2014, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof published the op-ed " Professors, We Need You ," calling on academics to publicize their knowledge as a catalyst for social change. " Some of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and around the world are university professors, but most of them just don't matter in today's great debates," he lamented.

Health and wellness

Glamour
There's a Legit Medical Reason Beyoncé's Lips Look Bigger Right Now

It's very real, though, according to Sherry Ross, M.D., ob-gyn and women's health expert at Providence Saint John's Health Center and author of She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health. Period . "Swelling is a normal part of pregnancy, and it happens in just about every part of your body, including your lips," she says.

Refinery29
01/05/2017
The Truth About Why You Feel So Great After A Cleanse

All evidence points toward the conclusion that juice cleanses and other detox diets are not only ineffective but also potentially harmful. Our organs naturally clean out toxins, so cleanses aren't necessary, says Trish Lieberman, MS, RD, LDN, Director of Nutrition at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia.

Refinery29
01/05/2017
What To Expect If You're Considering An Elimination Diet

Celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to Joe Manganiello have touted the virtues of an elimination diet, which involves taking a break from certain foods to see if you feel better once they're gone. But does this actually work - and who exactly can it work for?

Refinery29
01/06/2017
7 Reasons You Need More Fat In Your Life

Unfortunately, our culture tends to demonize fat. But it's actually necessary for your body and brain to function. "Many people are still stuck in the mindset that fat is not healthy, bad, or 'fattening,'" says Erica Leon, RDN. "Nothing could be farther from the truth."

Glamour
One Woman Shares What It's Reallly Like to Try to Get Pregnant When You Have PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (aka PCOS), is a hormonal disorder typically characterized by irregular, painful periods, higher-than-average androgens, and ovarian cysts. Five to ten percent of women in reproductive age have PCOS, but fewer recognize it because the symptoms can look different for everyone, according to Jeanette R.

Glamour
Only 6 Percent of Women Who Have Frozen Their Eggs Actually Used Them

With thousands of women freezing their eggs, many more are wondering whether the procedure's for them. While there is no way to know for certain, one thing you might want to think about before you make the decision is whether you'll actually use the eggs you freeze.

Women's Health
06/20/2016
I Tried Yoga for Better X-Here's What I Learned

Focusing My 'Om Here's how Yoga for Better X works: At the beginning of each class, the instructor asks you to choose an X, which can be literally anything you want to cultivate. Confidence, communication, and sexiness are a few examples listed on 305's website.

Ravishly
To My 13-Year-Old Self: I'm Sorry No One Taught You About Your Period

Hi, there. Do you want a hug? Because you look like you could use a hug. Actually, let me get your cat. He can give better hugs than me. I'm so sorry no one told you this is actually a great thing. Not because it connects you to Mother Earth or some gender essentialist bullshit like that.

Glamour
Real Moms Explain How Pregnancy Is Different When You're Expecting Twins

But moms who do not deal with serious complications also describe twin pregnancies as more annoying. Jennifer Ernst Beaudry, the mother of a girl and two twin boys, felt especially fatigued and got an awful-sounding pregnancy-related rash called PUPPP while carrying her twins.

SELF
7 Reasons Why Your Period Is So Damn Heavy-And When To Worry About It

Periods can vary from woman to woman just like any other physical characteristic, so if yours tends to be heavier than average, there's probably nothing wrong. But in some cases, a heavy flow can point to an underlying condition. So how can you tell the difference between a heavy period that's normal for you and one that signals a problem?

Glamour
Yes, It's Possible to Get Pregnant If You've Lost Your Period

Last month pro runner Tina Muir published a kind of shocking blog post about her decision to quit running. Like many elite athletes, she'd lost her period due to strenuous physical activity. Now that she's hoping to have kids, she's leaving her sport in order to regain her cycle.

SELF
8 Subtle Signs You Might Be Pregnant And Not Know It

Every week, there seems to be another talk show guest who didn't realize she was pregnant until surprisingly late in the pregnancy. If that's any indication, it's not always obvious when you're knocked up. Even if you're not one of these women who literally learned they were pregnant while giving birth, you might not realize you're pregnant right away.

News and politics

Glamour
Judge Rules That Texas Can't Defund Planned Parenthood

In December of 2016, Texas' inspector general announced that the state's Medicaid funds would no longer go toward Planned Parenthood, citing a series of secretly recorded videos that alleged the health care provider was illegally selling fetal tissue for profit.

Refinery29
06/14/2016
At Least 50 Dead In Orlando Nightclub Shooting

A gunman killed 50 people inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL, around 2 a.m. Sunday, according to The Associated Press. 53 more were hospitalized. The death count makes this the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. "Some guy walked in and started shooting everybody," eyewitness Jackie Smith told the AP.

Complex
Zulu Nation Apologizes to Afrika Bambaataa's Alleged Victims

In early April, former music producer and politician Ronald Savage claimed hip hop pioneer AfrikaBambaataa sexually abused him as a teen during an interview with the New York Daily News. One week later, three other men Bambaattaa of sexual abuse. Bambaataa denied the allegations and said he "never abused anybody" during an interview with Fox 5 in May.

Refinery29
Utah Republican Argues That Equal Pay Will Destroy Families & Society

A Republican leader in Utah came under fire for arguing that equal pay would hurt American families. James Green, vice chair of the Wasatch County Republican Party, wrote in a letter to the editor in the Park Record and the Wasatch Wave that the wage gap results from gender differences, not sexism.

Glamour
Bill Cosby's Lawyer Calls False Allegations of Rape Worse Than Actual Rape

Bill Cosby's first criminal trial over his alleged assault of Andrea Constand began on Monday, June 5, when Montgomery County deputy district attorney Kristen Feden laid out Constand's chilling story of being drugged and assaulted at Cosby's home while working for his alma mater, Temple University, in 2004.

NTRSCTN
Carly Fiorina gets Planned Parenthood wrong at GOP debate

The GOP candidate does not #StandWithPP. During the GOP undercard debate Thursday night, the candidates found one thing to agree on: limiting reproductive rights. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, and former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore participated in thedebate moderated by Fox News hosts Martha MacCallum and Bill Hemmer.

Arts, culture, and entertainment

pastemagazine.com
Live Photos: Björk, Liars and RZA Close Out the Day For Night Festival

Four stages located in and around Houston's Barbara Jordan Post Office filled with color during Day for Night's second installment on Sunday. By the Yellow Stage, people in animal suits shuffled to Jock Club's deep house and Anklepants' customized instrumentals, played through the latter's infamous phallic mask.

pastemagazine.com
Where to Pregame for the Super Bowl in Houston, Texas

If you're among the thousands of people flooding into Houston for the Super Bowl, don't waste an opportunity to explore a new city by spending the whole time at your hotel and the stadium. There's a lot more Houston has to offer, including some of the country's most unique food and drinks.

pastemagazine.com
Live Photos: Aphex Twin, ODESZA and The Jesus and Mary Chain at Day for Night Festival

The Day for Night festival brought together an array of musicians largely skirting the rock and EDM spectrum, performing against a backdrop of cutting-edge digital art. At the festival grounds-the Barbara Jordan Post Office- in Houston, TX, attendees wandered through a room full of robotic mirrors, a hallway of lights that tracked their movements and a cage housing a mythic Icelandic monster.

Audiofemme
04/05/2017
LIVE REVIEW: Time Warp

Time Warp, an annual electronic music festival in Mannheim, Germany, represents all the worst things EDM culture has become. But before I get into the poor safety conditions, the utterly depressing morning after, and the most antisocial ravers I have ever seen, I'll start

Glamour
How Taylor Swift Helped Me Stop 'Overthinking' My Own Sexual Assault

Four years ago, soon after I graduated college and moved to New York, I went on a date with a tourist from London whom I'd met in a Starbucks. I liked him and wanted to see him again before he left, so I accepted his brunch invitation two days later-and to keep him company at his Airbnb while he packed.

Audiofemme
09/04/2017
HIGH NOTES: How EDM & MDMA Became Inseparable

When you think of MDMA - also known as ecstasy in pill form or molly in powder form - you probably picture nightclubs, music festivals, and other settings where crowds sway to electronic dance music. But 50 years ago, you were far more likely to

Men's Health
12/29/2016
The 10 Most Satisfying Pimple Popping Videos Of 2016

There's something perversely pleasing about watching a bump burst from someone's skin and ooze with pus. Whatever it is, pimple-popping videos have a way of making us let out a gag and an "ahh" at the same time.

Audiofemme
04/13/2017
A Safety & Health Guide for Music Festivals

After discovering the crazy and liberating world of EDM at last year, I was alarmed to learn that someone died at that festival and many more ended up in critical condition. A quick Google search for "people dying at music festivals" yielded that made EDC look tame.

Audiofemme
10/02/2017
HIGH NOTES: How LSD Changed Music as We Know It

In 1965, at 2 Strathearn Place in London, John and Cynthia Lennon, George Harrison, and Pattie Boyd sat at their dentist John Riley's dinner table sipping coffee. A few minutes prior, Riley's girlfriend Cindy Bury had placed sugar cubes laced

Refinery29
"Sex & The City" Could Get A Third Movie, But It Probably Shouldn't

Rumors have been floating around for years about a third Sex and the City movie, but now, it may actually be happening. After having reservations about the film, Sarah Jessica Parker reportedly became the last in the cast to sign on, according to Radar Online.

NTRSCTN
Is "Becky" really a racist stereotype against white women?

If you've been following the reactions to Beyoncé's Lemonade -or if you haven't been living under a rock-you've probably heard speculations over the character "Becky with the good hair." The album's lyrics imply that Jay Z cheated on Beyoncé with this mysterious figure theorized to be fashion designer Rachel Roy.

MEL Magazine
09/29/2016
How Instagram Is Changing Business IRL

Last year, Chili's made an expensive decision. The restaurant chain set aside $750,00 a year to introduce an egg glaze to the top of its burger buns. Their reasoning? A glazed bun is more Instagram-friendly than an unglazed one. And the more people want to Instagram your food, the more free advertising you'll get.

Audiofemme
12/31/2016
Staff Picks - Suzannah Weiss: 10 Women DJs to Watch in 2017

Nearly half of EDM listeners are women, yet the mainstream EDM world is tragically male-dominated - which is especially inexcusable given all the female talent out there. If your EDM playlist is a sausage fest, consider adding these amazing women artists to it. And look out for their

PAPERMAG
06/04/2015
ICYMI: Jake Gyllenhaal Is Dabbling In Metaphysics Now

Photo by Simon Robins for Esquire UK]In his July cover story interview for Esquire UK, Jake Gyllenhaal revealed the secret to his creative process: "[I]f you spend enough time in whatever environment your character would exist in -- the way I spent six months with police officers -- then the mole...

PAPERMAG
07/05/2016
NSFW: See Images From "Bare Men," A New Photo Book on Male Nudity

The majority of nudes in major art museums are female, and male nudity tends to earn movies R ratings while naked women are deemed PG 13. By disproportionately displaying female nudity, we're left with the cultural impression that men should look and women should be looked at. A new photography ...

Audiofemme
LIVE REVIEW: Jenny Lewis @ The Beacon Theatre

The Beacon Theatre's playbill for Jenny Lewis's concert last Thursday displayed a curious itinerary: M. Ward at 8PM, Rabbit Fur Coat at 9PM, and a "voyage through the past, present and future" at 10PM. "Voyage" was a reference to both Lewis's latest solo album The Voyager and her musical journey from 1998 to the present - a trajectory that became palpable as the night unfolded.

Audiofemme
LIVE REVIEW: Laura Jane Grace @ The Silent Barn

Last summer, when Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender, headlines exploded as if the world had never seen a trans celebrity before. But meanwhile, Laura Jane Grace, the front-woman of popular punk-rock band Against Me!, had been out for three years and had long been making music about trans issues.

Village Voice
05/14/2016
Nightwish

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish will bring theatrical melodies and otherworldly lyrics to this gig supporting their latest album Endless Forms Most Beautiful. This is its first album and tour to feature new lead singer Floor Jansen's powerful, operatic vocals. Against a heavy orchestral background, Jansen paints mystical scenes, singing of "the elsewhere creatures yet unseen" in "Élan"...

Paper Magazine
Where Are They Now: '90s One-Hit Wonders

Twenty years after watching two British dudes on MTV rap about being too hot for their mesh tops, it's easy to forget they're still alive, let alone making music. But Right Said Fred and nine more of your favorite '90s one-hit wonders are alive and well -- even if some of them quit music to pursue acting, fashion or fell running (more on that later).

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We talked to techies who 'microdose' acid for work

Could LSD be the new Adderall? Amid media reports that tech industry employees are using small doses of psychedelics to enhance their work performance, we investigated whether this actually happened-and how exactly it worked. Steve Dean, a 27-year-old online dating consultant and startup founder, first "microdosed" on LSD while visiting a friend in the Bay Area who "swore by it."

NOISEY
01/22/2016
CocoRosie's Bianca Casady Talks Ecofeminism and Her New Anti-Pop Solo Project | NOISEY

Bianca Casady is rapping in an orange jumpsuit, performing the song "Lost Girls": "Witches confused by their own magic / Witches displeased by their own perfume / Shame-locked women / Shaman women fuming with shame." Despite the heavy subjects they tackle, the elusive sisters behind CocoRosie are light on their feet, dancing across the stage.

MEL Magazine
10/25/2016
It's Time to Say Goodbye to the Personal Check

Dutch Small, a publicist from Houston, has a habit of misplacing his wallet on drunken nights out. That's why he loves his checkbook. When his credit cards are gone (until, of course, replacements arrive in the mail), he pays via personal check at places like Target, Walmart, Kroger and Nordstrom.

Brown Daily Herald
11/22/2010
Installation gives light a life of its own

Art can bring to life what was never meant to breathe. Streetlamps, speakers and projectors assume the roles of the undead and the never-born in AS220 artist-in-residence Lyn Goeringer's "Liminal/subLIMINAL." Though it's physically located in the Nightingale-Brown House, home of the John Nicholas Brown Center, the installation is really in the eyes and ears of the beholder.

Science and technology

Washington Post
02/06/2016
The surprising reasons why we tickle one another

When filmmaker David Farrier came across an ad from Jane O'Brien Media calling for young male fitness models to be restrained and tickled on camera, he felt compelled to find out what on Earth was behind that casting call.

Footnote
Why We Try (And Fail) To Keep Sunk Costs Afloat

You spend five dollars ordering a movie on demand. Ten minutes in, you're already bored. Do you keep watching or give up? If you're inclined to sit through the movie so that the money you spent doesn't go to waste, your reasoning is not unusual.(a) People often continue pursuing fruitless endeavors because they have already contributed time, money, or effort to them.

Footnote
Babysitting Birds And Selfish Genes

Over the past few decades, the modern American definition of family has expanded to include single parents, same-sex couples, live-in extended relatives, and other members beyond the nuclear family. But the animal kingdom has long boasted a diverse assortment of family units.

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