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My latest at Daily Life.
I’ve got a story at NYMag.com’s The Cut today, on the significance of “ugly selfies.”
I’ve got more to say on this topic, but I’ll leave it until after Easter weekend. For now, the link!
… and I’m looking for bisexual girls aged 14 through 19 to share their thoughts.
Email at rachel dot hills at gmail dot com if you can help.
Thanks in advance
You know you’re working with awesome editors when they ask you to write an article featuring the word ‘cisgender’. For 14-year-old girls.
Suffice to say, Girlfriend eds Lauren Smelcher and Sarah Tarca are beyond awesome. I’m not sure I’d even call the stories they’ve commissioned me to write over the past few months “feminism by stealth”. It’s just flat-out feminism.
Also in this month’s issue: a sealed-section challenging the hymen-focused version of virginity loss. Like I said, awesome.
Related: Ask Rachel: Why do you write for women’s magazines?
I talk body image, “real girls” and the difference between problematic cultures and problematic individuals, in this month’s Girlfriend magazine.
Maybe because I spent so much time in hospitals, I was fascinated by disease as a kid. In fact, if I had known the word for “epidemiology” when I was attending university open days in high school, it’s entirely possible I would have ended up studying medical science (or medical sociology?) instead of journalism. Or not. Because I do love journalism, more than just about anything else in the world.
In any case, it was interesting to leave behind sex and gender for a couple of days last week to delve into the world of disease control for my latest piece at The Atlantic, on the polio emergency.
While the number of people affected by polio is lower than ever before (with only 60 cases so far this year), the nature of the disease means that it is almost impossible to contain long term. The choice is not between eradicating polio and letting a small number of people suffer. It is between eliminating the disease and letting the numbers skyrocket back to hundreds of thousands of cases each year.