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

How A Cuddle Party Changed The Way I View Consent
On March 28, I went to a cuddle party and didn't cuddle with anyone. And it was awesome. OK ... let me back up. A cuddle party is basically what it sounds like.
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...
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...
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...

Arts, culture, and entertainment

Investigating the Urban Legend That LSD Will Make You Think You're Orange Juice
"A guy was running from the cops and had a sheet [of . "He knew he was gonna get busted and didn't know what to do with LSD] in his pocket," goes one variation of a popular...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
Who Do You Think Will End Up Winning The Bachelorette? Here's Our Best Guess
Unless we surrender to the allure of Reality Steve's intel, predicting Bachelorette outcomes feels a bit like poking around that murky room Kaitlyn and Ben Z. escaped to on...
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...
The Photographer Fighting Against 'Body Positivity' | Broadly
Tired of photographing subjects who are supposed to feel sexualized or empowered by nudity, Anastasia Kuba wants to capture the ambivalence, anxiety, and discomfort we feel...
"The Hunting Ground" filmmakers on why sexual assault is treated differently from other crimes:...
"The Hunting Ground" has become a prominent part of the national conversation on campus sexual assault since it premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in January, with...
6 Best Tattoo Artists In NYC
We talked to some of NYC's best tattoo artists.
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...

Science and technology

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...
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...
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...

Business

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...
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...

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