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.

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