Women Aren’t Welcome on The Internet // Pacific Standard
– online threats and the next frontier of civil rights

You Can Only Hope to Contain Them // ESPN The Magazine
–  how the world’s greatest athletes battle with their own breasts

The Prettiest Girl In New York Is a Porn Star // The Village Voice
Stoya obliterates the lines between femininity and strength, sex worker and thinker, porn and art

Just Cheer, Baby // ESPN the Magazine
– the high kicks and low pay of NFL cheerleaders

Escaped From the Asylum! // Pacific Standard
– how the scrappy movie studio behind “Sharknado” churns out whatever Netflix wants

Porn Fans Aren’t What They Used to Be // Slate
– meet the gun-toting, boob-grabbing douchebags who are subsidizing your online porn habit 

Test Case: You’re Not a Rape Victim Unless Police Say So Washington City Paper
on the many ways Washington, D.C. denied a teenage rape victim justice

Screw U.: Inside Catholic University’s Sex Ban // Washington City Paper
– How Catholic students tried to circumvent the school’s no-sex rule—and how it all went terribly wrong


Keeping Up With Dad // Slate
– My father dragged me deep into the Grand Canyon, and then he got me out. Twice.

Slash and Burn // Tomorrow Magazine
– the rise of queer One Direction fan fiction, and the fall of the manufactured pop heartthrob 

How the Sexiest Man Alive Sausage Gets Made // Slate
– three decades of what People thinks women want

The Bro Whisperer of Bustle // Slate
inside the dude-owned site that aims to become the “biggest and the most powerful women’s publication in the world”  

When Did “You’re Welcome” Become A Gloat? // The New York Times Magazine
– tracing courtesy’s sinister undertones

Tongue In Cheek // Playboy
– the new frontier in heterosexual sex


Quit Playing Games With My Heart // Slate
– how your boy band idols evolved from constipated romantics to ironic sprites

A Cautionary Tale of the Anti-Hangover Patch // GOOD Magazine
– intoxicated service journalism, for science

Is Your City Making You Single? // The Atlantic Cities

– on love, proximity, and emergency pot cookies 

The Woman At the Top of the Masthead // Slate
– The media called her “brusque” and “polarizing.” But to young women at the New York Times, Jill Abramson was everything 

“Ditsy, Predatory White House Intern” // Slate
– looking back on how Maureen Dowd painted Monica Lewinsky as a crazy bimbo—and won a Pulitzer for it

For Women, A New Look Down Under // T Magazine
I got a non-foliage “bush” reference into The New York Times

Still Life // Hysterical Literature
 the radical possibilities of female sexuality in the internet porn era

Dealbreaker: He’s a Prostitute // GOOD Magazine
– my own confessional entry in 
a series of personal essays on breakups I conceived of and edited

My Slate archive



“Kids don’t need social media to learn how to shame each other sexually. That’s been going on for a very, very, long time. Social media is just the new way that we talk about everything, whether it’s positive or negative. What I’ve seen, though looking at communities of teenagers on the internet—who never would have been able to find each other before his moment in time—is that a lot of teenagers speak openly about sexual harassment, about sexual assault, about being harassed on the street. They have an opportunity to engage in a community that’s making positive conversation about teen sexuality.”

NPR’s All Things Considered

“[Boy  band] songs, for the most part, follow really traditional romantic tropes. … But offscreen, these girls are writing stories and projecting fantasies onto these boys that are much more sexual—sometimes, they’re even homosexual. The scenarios they’re interested in putting these boys in? I don’t think the record industry is taking it that far. But the girls certainly are, in their own fantasies.”

— WNPR’s The Colin McEnroe Show

“I’m not a big believer in online dating, [but] I do really believe in the connective power of the internet. Eventually our online dating lives and the rest of our online lives—and our offline lives—will become more seamless, which I think will make for better matches.”

– American Public Media’s Marketplace


  1. Brian
    May 14, 2013

    I saw you on CNN. You are a hottie!

  2. Lucas from Australia
    January 8, 2014

    Hi, just finished your essay on cyber-stalking. Demented stuff… Sorry guys can be such vile fucktards. Happy I found a good writer with a hefty backlog of pieces I can work my way through :)

  3. Riley
    January 14, 2014


    I just read your article, Woman Aren’t Welcome on The Internet, and I wanted to say thank you for taking a stand against the vile harassment. It’s disgusting and it can’t be allowed to go unpunished. Thanks again.

    Take care,


  4. Tom Daykin
    January 19, 2014

    I just read your piece on the online threats to women. I think you should seek help from your fellow journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists cpj.org might be a resource. Keep up the great work.

  5. Molly Anne Krebs
    February 9, 2014

    Dear Amanda,

    Thank you for your strength and passionate writing. My feminist group and I (Haven at Creighton University) will be discussing your “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet” this week. Know that you are the reason why college girls like me stay strong and continue to hope for a better world for women–both online and off.

    Molly Anne Krebs

  6. Arlof
    June 26, 2015

    good for you, this great work!

  7. chuck
    July 26, 2015

    I hope you won’t think this diminishes you as a writer but I saw the pic next one of Slate pieces and thought I’d Google you just for kicks and wow you are super-cute in every single photo of you that’s online. I mean, just PAINFULLY so


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