Writing

A selection of my published pieces:

  • Sex ed has always been an important topic to me, but even more so since my daughter was born. Here, I wrote for the Atlantic about comprehensive sexuality education and how it can have a positive impact if started in early childhood.
  • Grateful to the people who shared their stories for my Pacific Standard piece on gender-biased diagnosing in the health care field.
  • For VICE, I wrote about recent innovations in condom design, and the barriers that exist in getting new technology into the marketplace.
  • I’ve been working on some sex ed articles for Broadly, VICE’s feminist vertical. This piece is about the benefits of peer-led sex education.
  • So thrilled to finally find a home for this one over at Tonic, VICE’s new health vertical. This reported essay is about depression stigma, and the ways in which medication plays a part in this stigma.
  • I wrote this piece on the pharmaceutical industry’s creation of female sexual dysfunction for new literary science magazine Undark.
  • I’ve been preoccupied by the state of sex ed in our country, so I was happy to be able to do this piece on the moral panic behind the sex ed debate.
  • Inspired by a presentation by sex ed superhero Al Vernacchio, I wrote a piece for the Washington Post about how parents can prepare their daughters for puberty.
  • Rewire.News is doing important journalistic work in the area of reproductive health. My first clip for them is about what parents fear about “the sex talk,” and what their children really hope for.
  • What’s developmentally appropriate to teach your kids about sex? Here’s some research and reportage on early childhood sexuality education for Jezebel.
  • Narratively publishes just one longform piece of narrative nonfiction every day. I snagged a spot and wrote about the impetus behind my sex writing career.
  • I wrote this piece on boobs, bras, summertime, and the male gaze while in the midst of a personal undergarment crisis. Refinery29 was good enough to publish it.
  • This personal essay is an exploration of my feelings around abandonment and betrayal following my uncle’s death.
  • I got all inside baseball for Salon and wrote about the tools we use to measure female sexual desire, and the limitations they carry.
  • After years of building up my TBR list with the help of Book Riot, I finally get to nerd out there myself as one of their regular bloggers.
  • For Parents magazine, I wrote about depression stigma as it relates to pregnant women and new mothers, especially in the wake of new depression screening recommendations by the United States Preventive Services Task Force.
  • Hippocampus published this personal essay of mine on parenting while depressed… and on the hesitance to admit to postpartum depression when your child has come after years of infertility.
  • For Brain, Child, here’s my piece on teaching my daughter about consent.
  • After A Dirty Word came out, I wrote this craft essay on how an academic job changed the course of my book for the better.
  • I spent two years as the Senior Writer/Editor for AASECT, a nonprofit organization for sexuality professionals, managing and creating their online content.
  • This piece I wrote for Bustle is about fielding nasty comments when you write for the Internet.
  • For Mamalode, I wrote about facing postpartum sex when you have a history of painful intercourse.
  • I spent a year blogging for Ploughshares. Here, my very first post on how to bulk up your TBR list.
  • An essay about income disparity among couples, for Virginia Quarterly Review.