Writing

A selection of my published pieces:


  • For PULP, a reported essay on the normalization of sexual coercion.
  • I wrote about my attempts at sex-positive parenting for Creative Nonfiction‘s annual Sex Issue. You can find my piece — “When They Start Asking Questions” — in the print edition.
  • For Motherwell Magazine, a personal essay about the daily mindlessness that so often accompanies motherhood versus the mindfulness I try (and often fail) to achieve.
  • For InStyle, an article about the line between maintenance sex and sexual compliance, and why we engage in it.
  • 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.
  • For Rewire.News, an article about what parents fear about “the sex talk,” and what their children really hope for.
  • For the Establishment, an article on the moral panic behind the sex ed debate.
  • For VICE, a reported essay about gender bias when it comes to the medical establishment’s approach to infertility.
  • This personal essay is an exploration of my feelings around abandonment and betrayal following my uncle’s death.
  • For VICE, an article about the benefits of peer-led sex education.
  • For VICE, a reported essay about painful sex.
  • For Pacific Standard, an article about gender-biased diagnosing in the health care field.
  • For VICE, an article about the lack of sexuality education for doctors-in-training.
  • For Pacific Standard, an article about the varying definitions for sexual assault, and the tangential effects of these inconsistencies.
  • For VICE, a reported essay about depression stigma, and the ways in which medication plays a part in this stigma.
  • For Refinery29, a reported essay about boobs, bras, summertime, and the male gaze.
  • For Salon, an article about the tools we use to measure female sexual desire, and the limitations they carry.
  • For Undark, a feature about the pharmaceutical industry’s creation of female sexual dysfunction.
  • For Hippocampus, a personal essay about parenting while depressed… and about the hesitance to admit to postpartum depression when your child has come after years of infertility.
  • For the Atlantic, a feature about comprehensive sexuality education and how it can have a positive impact if started in early childhood.
  • For the Washington Post, an article about how parents can prepare their daughters for puberty.
  • For Narratively, a personal essay about the impetus behind my sex writing career.
  • For Jezebel, an article about early childhood sexuality education and what it’s developmentally appropriate to teach your kids about sex.
  • For Brain, Child, a personal essay on teaching my daughter about consent.
  • For Parents magazine, a reported essay 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.
  • For Yoga International, a personal essay about how my practice has evolved with my life.
  • For Bad Yogi, a piece about meditation and marriage.
  • For elephant journal, a personal essay on how yoga has helped me love my body… sometimes.
  • I spent two years as the Senior Writer/Editor for AASECT, a nonprofit organization for sexuality professionals, managing and creating their online content.
  • I am a regular contributor to Book Riot.