Suzannah Weiss

Feminist writer, certified sexologist, sex/love coach

United States

From The New York Times wedding section to Glamour‘s sex guides, my writing on gender, sexuality, love, and social justice is all over the internet, with over 8,000 articles published. I’ve served as an editor for Teen Vogue, Vice, and Complex, a daily writer for Refinery29 and Bustle, and a regular contributor to The Washington Post, New York Magazine, and more.

I’m also an American College of Sexologists-certified sexologist and sex educator, offering private coaching and courses in the areas of sex and relationships. In addition, I provide consulting for writers and PR professionals.

My work has been discussed on The Today Show and The View and appeared in anthologies including Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World and The Big Book of Orgasms. I’ve been quoted in Forbes, Fortune, and the BBC and spoken at South by Southwest and the North Carolina Sexual Health Conference.

I hold a Bachelor of Science (Cognitive Neuroscience) and a Bachelor of Arts (Gender and Sexuality Studies, Modern Culture and Media) from Brown University and have worked in tech marketing, scientific research, and academic publishing. I write poetry and erotica in my spare time and have several books in progress.


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Before they became known as gadgets geared toward enhancing sexual pleasure and spicing up people's sex lives, vibrators were primarily marketed as health and beauty devices. The earliest vibrators were advertised as treatments for everything from uterine...

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Suzannah Weiss is a writer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Vice, Salon, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Bitch, Bust, Paper Magazine, and more. She holds degrees in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Modern Culture & Media, and Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University, which she uses mainly to over-analyze trashy television and argue over semantics.

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Suzannah Weiss is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Vice, Bustle, Teen Vogue, and more. She holds a BS in Cognitive Neuroscience and a BA in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Modern Culture & Media from Brown University.

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Personal favorites

The Sexist Undertones of Wedding Marketing (Published 2019)

Many brides, not so much grooms, see a presumptive and sexist slant on social media and online marketing, before and after their wedding. Laurie Vazquez, a 36-year-old marketing manager in New York City, had decided to keep her last name after she got married in June.

When I Get Back To My Body

Content warning: disordered eating T he first time I left my body, I was 15. It was revelatory. For no particular reason, I looked in the mirror and suddenly was meeting someone for the first time. It inspired me, with my adolescent...

Creating a Name for Themselves (Published 2020)

As some married couples seek to join their identities, while also acknowledging they are equals, they are combining surnames or are creating entirely new ones. Tasha Mente, a 31-year-old marketing vice president in Oakland, Calif., had a note in the program on the day she married Joe Mente, a 34-year-old engineering manager.

The Cut
I Traveled 4,000 Miles to Break Up With My Boyfriend in Person

I call my last relationship "the vacation hookup that lasted three years." Ever since I met my ex at a nightclub in Ibiza and he told me I had "eyes like a husky's," I had a feeling it wasn't meant to be forever - but it would be fun while it lasted.

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
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...

Female Friendship Isn't Foreplay

Last year, at the beginning of a long and brutal battle with chronic Lyme disease, I took a solo vacation to L.A. I didn't know many people, but during my walks down the Venice Beach boardwalk, I began to feel at home amid its eclectic cast of characters.

The problem with calling Harvey Weinstein ugly

First-person essays and interviews with unique perspectives on complicated issues. "That's just not a good move," my father snickered. "I mean, maybe if you're Ryan Gosling. But that is not a good look for Charlie Rose." It was only a matter of time, I figured, before one of the recent sexual abuse allegations would come up during a recent visit home.

Harper's BAZAAR
Don't Touch Me Just Because I'm Topless

Instead of teaching women that their value lies in whether their legs are open or closed and teaching men that when a woman's legs are open, she's inviting them in, we need to teach everyone that the standard for a sexual interaction should be enthusiastic consent, regardless of how someone sits, behaves, speaks, or dresses.

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
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.

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 event that you somehow caught a glimpse of me and were trying to save me from embarrassment, I'm not embarrassed.

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.

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 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.

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" caught my eye: "My cat was 100 percent deaf, and I still talked to her."

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.

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.

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.

Sex and relationships

Men's Health
More Couples Are Ditching Monogamy (and You Can, Too)

MOST OF us grew up believing that a monogamous marriage was #relationshipgoals. But with Will Smith owning his open relationship and a throuple showing up on House Hunters, a growing number of people are wondering if strict exclusivity is human nature or if it's yet another myth that society sneakily sells us.

Washington Post
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
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
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.

Is Sex Addiction Real?

Photo by Arman Zhenikeyev via Getty Images Mental health experts and former "addicts" believe that the term is outmoded and inaccurate. Others say it helped them change their lives. Taylor, a 31-year-old in Los Angeles who asked that only her first name be used for privacy, started having casual sex several times a week in college.

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
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
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
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.

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").

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?"

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.

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
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.

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?

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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).

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."

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.

"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."

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
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.

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.

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

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.

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."

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.

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
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.

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

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.

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."

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.

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?

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.

Women's Health
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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.
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.
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.


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

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.

Men's Health
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.

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.

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

"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.

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
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.

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

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...

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 ...

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.

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

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).

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
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
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

Science 101
How scientists' view of 'Schrödinger's cat' is evolving | Science 101

A popular thought experiment in quantum physics, known as the Schrödinger's cat experiment , goes something like this: A cat is in a box. Also inside the box are a hammer, a vial of poison, a radioactive atom, and a radiation measurer called a Geiger counter.

Washington Post
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.

Science on Tap
Mind Sharing Robots Learn from Each Other - Science on Tap

Imagine you're an astronaut aboard a spacecraft orbiting Mars, scouting it out for a colonization mission. But suddenly, there's a break down. Luckily, two autonomous robots on board each know what the other is doing and perceiving, without any outward communication, and are able to get to work repa

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.

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.