Hi! I’ve reported on online culture, teenagers, gender, and sex for places like the New York Times Magazine, ESPN the Magazine, Elle, WIRED, Marie Claire, NYLON, the Los Angeles Times, DETAILS, and the Village Voice. I’m currently a David Carr fellow at the New York Times.
I used to write about women and Internet culture as a staff writer for Slate, where I won a Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page Award for my online body of work. Before that, my friends and I cofounded Tomorrow magazine, a one-shot publication about the future. Before that, I wrote and edited the lifestyle section of GOOD Magazine. And before that, I wrote a column and blog about sex and sexuality for D.C.’s alt-weekly, the Washington City Paper. My work appears in The Book of Jezebel: An Encyclopedia of Lady Things, Best American Sportswriting 2014, and Best American Magazine Writing 2015. My Pacific Standard story on the legal, ethical, and metaphysical challenges of recognizing online abuse, “Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet,” won the 2015 National Magazine Award in the public interest category, the February 2014 Sidney Award for outstanding piece of socially-conscious journalism, and the 2015 Mirror Award for best traditional article on the media industry. I live in New York City but left my heart scattered across several western states.
On some next-level shit: An old-school reporter with a supermodern sensibility, and funny as hell
— an editor
It was as if she could see into my brain: Her changes made me like my thoughts better. After I’d read an essay she’d tweaked, sometimes I would actually like myself better
— a writer
A young writer tearing a hole in the world around her and finding redemptive aspects even in one of California’s supposedly least-savory industries
— a reporter
I can’t think of anyone who writes about personal identity or relationships in a more intelligent or engaging fashion
— a contemporary
You make even a potentially funny story make me want to shoot myself
— a commenter