Suzannah Weiss

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

Email: suzannahlweiss@gmail.com

I am a writer specializing in women's issues and relationships, but my background in writing, editing, marketing, and communications ranges from tech companies to academic journals. I write on a regular basis for Glamour, Bustle, Complex, and Refinery29 and on a semi-regular basis for The Washington Post, Vice, Salon, The Village Voice, Everyday Feminism, Ravishly, and Audiofemme. My articles on social justice, relationships, pop culture, science, and technology have also appeared in Cosmopolitan, Elle, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Bitch, Bust, Paper Magazine, Self, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Mic, Business Insider, Refinery29, Yahoo, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Alternet, xoJane, POPSUGAR, Thought Catalog, The Good Men Project, The Frisky, YourTango, Role/Reboot, The Freelancer, Footnote, Her Campus, and more. I have made several radio appearances to discuss gender, body image, and social justice. 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.

In addition to writing, I've also worked as a full-time and freelance editor and content marketer. I've served as Assistant Editor for Footnote, a site that translates academic research for mainstream audiences, and Editorial Assistant for the academic journal Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies. I'm also the former 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 aim 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.

So, how did this all happen? I went from a disillusioned office worker to a prolific and fulfilled freelance writer 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. You can contact me at suzannahlweiss@gmail.com for more information and pricing.

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! I LOVE to cover these.
-Authors and other public figures available for Q&As
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!

You can see a small selection of my work below.

Portfolio

Here's Why the 'Ferguson Effect' Is Total BS
Experts say the "Ferguson effect" is an attack on the Black Lives Matter movement.
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...
This Promposal To A Glenelg High School Student With Down Syndrome Is Great, But We May Be...
A video of a Glenelg High School student's recent promposal to a peer with Down Syndrome has been going viral, with teasers like "This is so incredibly sweet!" drawing us in. A...
Preventing Rape with the Push of a Button | Broadly
After Jacqueline Ros's sister was raped, she created Revolar, a small wearable device that sends customizable alerts to your friends or family when you feel in danger-or just...
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...
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...
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...
"They implied that I had hallucinated a rape": Aspen Matis on campus sexual assault, her new...
"On my second night of college, I was raped. Shattered and alone, I fled to the Mexican border and headed north through 2,650 miles of desert and mountains to Canada, walking...

Health and wellness

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,...
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...
No, You're Not the Only One Who Shaves for the Gynecologist
If you get a little bit of OB/GYN anxiety before your annual visit, well, sister, you're not alone. In fact, so many women experience nerves before GYN visits that they've...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Why Everything Is Terrible This Month, According to Astrologers
More planets were in retrograde than there have been in 10 years. Or, to put it scientifically, it's an astrological hellscape.

News and politics

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...
Arkansas high school holds assembly on gangs for black students only
But school officials say it was done in the name of inclusion.
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...
The U.S. Is Dealing With an "Epidemic" of the Drug That Killed Prince
Reports of the deadly opioid fentanyl in the U.S. are becoming increasingly common.
Canada Just Said It's Totally Cool to Have Oral Sex With Animals
The Canadian Supreme Court ruled oral sex with animals is totally cool-or at least legal.
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...

Personal essays

When I Get Back to my Body
by Suzannah Weiss The first time i left my body, I was fifteen. It was revelatory. For no particular reason, I looked in the mirror and was suddenly meeting someone for the...
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...
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"...
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.

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