Suzannah Weiss

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

Email: suzannahlweiss@gmail.com

ABOUT ME

I'm a freelance writer specializing in feminist issues and sex and relationships, publishing up to 15 articles a day. I also work as a freelance editor, social media manager, and career consultant (more info on that in the next section).

I write on a daily basis for Glamour, Refinery29, and Bustle and on a regular basis for Everyday Feminism, Vice, Men's Health, Complex, Audiofemme, MEL, Ravishly, and more. As Weekend Editor for Teen Vogue, I write around 10 stories/day, edit other stories, and post them on social media on the weekends. My articles on social justice, relationships, pop culture, science, and technology have also appeared in The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Salon, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Bitch, Bust, Paper Magazine, Self, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Mic, Business Insider, Yahoo, Long Island Pulse, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Alternet, xoJane, POPSUGAR, Thought Catalog, SheKnows, The Good Men Project, The Frisky, YourTango, Role/Reboot, The Freelancer, Footnote, Her Campus, and more.

I'm an author of the book Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, and I regularly make radio appearances to discuss gender, body image, social justice, and sex and relationships. 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.

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.

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 love 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.

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 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 or PR people who want help getting coverage. You can contact me at suzannahlweiss@gmail.com for more information and pricing.

A NOTE FOR AGENTS

I'm seeking representation for two separate book projects. Please email me at suzannahlweiss@gmail.com for more information.

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
-Authors and other public figures available for Q&As (typically with some sort of social justice angle)
-Press trips. I typically produce multiple articles within a week of the trip.

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!

Oh, and please don't ask me where I'm based! I have no base, and I'm probably not where I was a month ago.

You can see a small selection of my work below.

Portfolio

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...
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...
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...
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,...
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....
"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,"...
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...
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...
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...

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...
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...
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....
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

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...
Surprise: Your Period Probably Doesn't Sync Up to Women You Hang Out With
When you and your roommates are all together on the couch eating chocolate and clutching your hot water bottles, it's easily to buy into the idea that when women spend a lot of...
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...
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...
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...

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