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Sarah Seltzer

Sarah Seltzer is freelance writer based in New York City. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, Bitch Magazine and on the websites of The New York Times, The Nation, The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal and Jezebel. She once taught English in a Bronx public school, and has an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Find her on twitter at @sarahmseltzer


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‘Obvious Child’ Changes the Rom-Com Game

Obvious Child's treatment of abortion as an important moment in both the development of the main character and her romantic relationship is just one of the beautiful ways the film—a raunchy joke-fest with an undeniably humanistic heart—deals with women’s choices and power.

Fairy Tales and Female Sexuality

Sarah Seltzer

Ever since there have been fairy tales, there has been feminist re-appropriation of fairy tales. And, the moral of the story often shifts with the mores of the time. 

True Blood’s Aborted Abortion

Sarah Seltzer

An abortion storyline in True Blood echos a loving parody of small town life and the conflicted psyche of the modern American woman fed on both feminism and sexism.

The Price of Enlightenment

Sarah Seltzer

Critics have pointed to two seemingly-valid points about the book and movie, Eat, Pray, Love. The first is that the story is a self-indulgent tale of privilege, the second that no one would complain if such a tale were written by a man.

Bristol and Levi, Together Forever?

Sarah Seltzer

For those of us on the blue side of the divide, theoretically if not geographically, the Palin family saga reminds us that we’re not just fighting an abortion war, but we’re up against an entire way of life built on a deep foundation of contradiction.

She’s Just Being Miley

Sarah Seltzer

Recent reactions to Miley Cyrus's evolving persona stem from a media climate that doesn't know whether to treat teenagers like smaller replicas of grown women to be monitored for dangerous sexuality, or sensitive virgins who need protection.

In Defense of the Pill and in Favor of Improving It

Sarah Seltzer

The 50th anniversary of the birth control pill has brought a lot of complaining about its lack of perfection. Still, for many women, it remains utterly liberating and effectively keeps its satisfied users from the whole "biology is destiny" thing.

A Feminist Guide to the 2010 Oscars

Sarah Seltzer

The Academy Awards are often joked about as "our" [read: women's] Superbowl. I talked with Melissa Silverstein, editor of Women and Hollywood and guru for feminist film-buffs, about what feminists should be on the lookout for this Sunday.

True Love Jane (Austen and Campion) Style

Sarah Seltzer

Favorite romantic works of art as of late? Two old-fashioned, British costume dramas: "Emma" on TV and "Bright Star" in theaters. Some say these represent a backlash against sexual liberation but both achieve the goal of being enrapturing and romantic while subtly critiquing conventional conceptions of love.

“Big Love” and “Good” Patriarchy

Sarah Seltzer

Big Love shows that sometimes religion is directly to blame for misogyny and that having the tenets of extreme patriarchy imbued at an early age is tantamount to a form of abuse...a pretty radical idea for a soap opera.

Gender and High-Profile Sex Scandals

Sarah Seltzer

The Washington Post's Richard Cohen pondered "Why is there no female Tiger Woods?." After a bunch of ill-researched speculation, he concludes cheating and power are linked, and makes gross generalizations about women.

Rewire’s Third Annual Gift Guide!

Sarah Seltzer

For the third year in a row, we present a holiday gift guide for those who want to bestow seasonal joy and support reproductive justice and positive progressive values, all at the same time.

How to Approach the Mega-Misogynists Among Us?

Sarah Seltzer

In the pop-cultural realm feminists are kept busy uncovering the co-opting of our own "empowering" rhetoric to perpetrate potent sexism, looking out for so-called Nice Guys and women who claim to be liberated but sell an old-school lifestyle.

Trying to Reverse Time, At Any Cost

Sarah Seltzer

"Youth Knows No Pain" is a somber, but fairly agenda-free HBO documentary that follows several Americans into the spa, the botox seat, and mostly to the plastic surgeon's office in an effort to turn back time on their faces and bodies.

Chris Brown and Rihanna, Six Months Later

Sarah Seltzer

Although it's a relief that the public has finally stopped victim-blaming with Rihanna, there's little extrapolation of the lessons we've learned in this case to the larger social patterns that affect gender-based violence everywhere.

Kourtney’s Choice

Sarah Seltzer

In America, abortion is always a choice "someone else" makes. But this is a myth and we need to face reality. Those who choose "the other option" aren't selfish, desperate or "someone else." They are our friends, our neighbors and, often, us.

Brüno Walks the Line

Sarah Seltzer

Is Brüno a punch in the face to American homophobia or does it perpetuate homophobic stereotypes in the name of satirizing them?

Gender Cop Dowd’s Plagiarism Kerfluffle

Sarah Seltzer


This revelation of Dowd's thoughtless use of words is far from new. She's been a perennial thorn in the side of feminists and everyone who would like to move beyond Mad Men-era perceptions of gender.

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