Elisabeth Sherman
Elisabeth Sherman is a writer living in New Jersey. You can follow her on instagram @burtsherman

'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway's Memoir Is An Honest Accounting Of Failure & Rejection

In 2012, writer Jill Soloway arrived at a troubling crossroads. Television-writing gigs had dried up, and the once-prosperous co-executive producer of Six Feet Under had taken to eating cans of Progresso soup from the back of their cabinets, unable…
By Elisabeth Sherman

Your Zodiac Sign Can Reveal What You Should Drink At Happy Hour, According To A New Book

Your horoscope can drop hints about the direction the emotional, financial, or professional aspects of your life are taking, but about when you leave work and hit happy hour with your friends? According to astrologer Aliza Kelly Faragher, your…
By Elisabeth Sherman

Khloe Isn't To Blame For Lamar's Problems

Over the last week, headlines about Khloe Kardashian and her family in relation to the hospitalization of her husband, Lamar Odom, have been everywhere. A quick skim through Google will reveal articles from gossip sites and tabloids with titles like…
By Elisabeth Sherman

There's Much More To Seattle Than Rain And Coffee

The popular image of life in Seattle is, for the most part, a correct one: For much of the year, my hometown is a soggy, cloud-covered, metal grey patch of the Pacific Northwest. It's not without its perks, of course: The upshot of living in a…
By Elisabeth Sherman

Do You Actually Know What Queer Theory Is?

After reading Maggie Nelson's Bluets, an experimental lyric essay that explores her fascination with the color blue, and also acts as eulogy for a past relationship, I've become a disciple of this complex, passionate writer — it's hard not to when…
By Elisabeth Sherman

Why Is It Important to Remember Forgotten Women?

In Almost Famous Women , Megan Mayhew Bergman's new collection of short stories, women overlooked by history are given their moment in the sun: to name a few, the painter Romaine Brooks; Lord Byron’s illegitimate daughter Allegra; Oscar Wilde’s…
By Elisabeth Sherman

Why Can't We Serve Up Feminism With Erotica?

A few nights ago, I sent my ex-boyfriend a text telling him I was reading an Italian erotica novel, I Watch You. He and I, now close friends, often joke that I'm a bit of a prude when it comes to talking about sex, so it seemed natural that I should…
By Elisabeth Sherman

The "Strong Female Character" Is a Total Cliché

Science fiction has a storied history of featuring women as front-and-center protagonists: Kira Neyrs of Deep Space Nine, Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, and Alien's Ellen Ripley are among those who immediately come to mind. Breq, the protagonist of Ann…
By Elisabeth Sherman

Can One Book Define Womanhood?

When I was a kid, my dad dressed me in clothes from the boys' section of Nordstrom: turtlenecks, creased khakis, black penny loafers. He adored what he referred to as the "preppy" style, and is a strong proponent of modesty; he found both were best…
By Elisabeth Sherman

Guess Who's Taking Over Sci-Fi? (Spoiler: Women)

The science fiction genre has an irrefutable history of excluding women. Remember that Fake Geek Girls movement in which female sci-fi fans were accused of lying about their tastes to impress men? Yeah — unfortunately I do, too. It bummed me out…
By Elisabeth Sherman