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! These are my favorite (seriously, will someone send me to EDC this year?!)
-Authors and other public figures available for Q&As
-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 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

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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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

"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...
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...

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