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, sex and relationships, and women's health, 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, and Ravishly. 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.

SO, YOU WANT 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.

NOTES 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! (Really, though, will someone send me to EDC?)
-Authors and other public figures available for Q&As
-PRESS TRIPS!! I typically produce multiple articles within a week of the trip.
-I'm a sucker for cool drug-related stories

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 don't ask me where I'm based! I have no base, and I'm probably somewhere different from where I was a month ago.

You can see a small selection of my work below.

Portfolio

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

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...
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

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...
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.

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