Suzannah Weiss

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

Email: [email protected]

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 [email protected] 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 stories and research
-Concerts, art exhibits, and other NYC cultural events
-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

Features

The social justice teach-in hosted by college professors on Twitter, no tuition required
When Andrew Hassell was 29, he was working for a cable provider in Bridgeport, CT and had never completed school past the fifth grade. Financial circumstances had prevented him...
What professional cuddlers can teach us about touch
When H. Melinda Krakowski,a customer service representative in New York City, was married, she couldn't shake the feeling that she was alone, even when her husband was in the...
"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,"...
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...
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...
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...
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...

Op-eds

Body positivity has brought us plus-size pageants and models. It also means we objectify more women.
This week, women sizes 14 and up will compete in the Miss Plus America pageant in Atlanta. There will be interviews, pant wear and evening gown shows, and a "photogenic photo"...
How "Love Your Body" Became A Marketing Slogan - The Establishment
In 1991, Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth called attention to a lie we've all been sold: women must be beautiful to be happy. In the years since, a new myth has taken shape: we have...
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...

News

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...
If you don't 'see color,' you're probably racist
Many have suspicions about white people who claim to be "color blind," and a new study confirms that this refusal to acknowledge race doesn't help anyone. " Taking Race Off the...
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...
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...
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...

Personal essays

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...
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...
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

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...
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...

Profiles, Q&As, and As-Told-Tos


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