Elizabeth Nolan Brown
http://elizabethnolanbrown.com
Elizabeth is a semi-nomadic writer, lover, feminist, libertarian and nutritionist. She comes from southern Ohio, but her heart belongs to Brooklyn, Sicily and anywhere with palm trees. She's been putting words on the Internet professionally since 2005.

Latest Articles

10 Good Things About Leaving Your 20s Behind

"Being a grown woman is damn fine," wrote artist Molly Crabapple, 30, in a recent Vice essay. I concur. In fact, most of the 30 to 32-year-old women I know are pretty well pleased with where they are in life. And where they are is all over the place …
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

7 Ways to Stop Wasting Time at Work

I am the last person who should be writing about ways to stop procrastinating at work. Procrastination has been my operating principle since high school, maybe earlier. I think I went into writing as a daily newspaper reporter and then daily blogger …
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

The Nancy Kerrigan Clip Everyone Got Wrong

Having not watched Olympic figure skating since the early 1990s, Nancy Kerrigan and Kristi Yamaguchi are, like, It for me. They are U.S. women's figure skating in my mind. And because most of what I remember about Kerrigan revolves around her getting…
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

10 Wonderfully Gross 1970s Betty Crocker Recipes

Greetings from the land of processed cheese and jello molds. I have in hand my mom's 1978 edition of the classic Betty Crocker Cookbook. Many things we think of as Mad Men-era dishes — chicken liver hors d'ouevres, sour cream and gelatin salads — sti…
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Your Fave Hangover Foods Are All Wrong

Like many people who made it through their 20s, I consider myself a tireless and intrepid researcher into the art and science of hangover cures. There was the greasy foods and Sunny D phase. The Pedialite phase. The copious amounts of fish oil phase.…
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

The App the Transgender Community Needs

This app is long past due: Refuge Restrooms, which helps identify the nearest safe public restroom for transgender, intersex, and gender-nonconforming individuals. The ability to easily find a bathroom is something most people take for granted, The A…
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

You Probably Need More Whole Grains

Despite what diets like Atkins and Paleo may lead you to believe, some carbohydrates — the complex, unprocessed, whole grain kind — are not just compatible with a healthy diet but associated with a range of health benefits. Yet most Americans aren't …
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Proof That Rhythm Has No Body Type

I'm digging this "Fat Girl Dancing" video series from blogger and radio producer Whitney Thore, whose No Shame Body Campaign advocates for self love and shows that you don't need to look like a Beyonce backup girl to move like a Beyonce backup girl. …
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

What It Means to be a Single Woman in 2014

Stop condescending to single women, says Sara Eckel at Salon, in a plea to end the Sex and the Cit y-style stereotyping of single women. "We still don't really know how to talk about single women in our culture," Eckel writes. The spinster stereotyp…
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

How Most Feel About Sex on the First Date

Answering the really important questions: A new survey finds out how single Americans feel about first dates, friends with benefits, sexting, and the propriety of married friends. From market research company Research Now, the comprehensive survey ma…
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Feminist Library Porn?

If there was ever a time to use the phrase "I can't even...", it's with this silly new video "Initiation," which the New York Daily News described as topless women filming a "feminist secret society" in the Columbia University library. It's performan…
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

You Weigh the Least On This Day of the Week

People naturally tend to lose weight on weekdays and gain weight on weekends, and instead of blaming those weekend nights out dining and drinking with friends, you can maybe just chalk it up to your natural weight loss cycle. According to a new study…
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

5 Ways to Up Your Flirting Game

What advice would you give people on becoming a better flirt?, I asked a female friend recently. It's for an article. "I don't know... become a smoker?" she said. "The only way I know how to talk to strangers is by having a cigarette with them." That…
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Sisterhood of the Elliptical Machine

I say "women-only gym," you say...Curves? Some other place only your mom would work out? Sex-segregated fitness facilities were once seen as solely "for out of shape women of a certain age," Reuters notes. But younger women and fitness buffs are comi…
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

HPV Shot Doesn't Turn Girls Into Sex Maniacs

Score one for common sense: A new study finds that the HPV vaccine does not encourage teens to have more sex. For years social conservatives have been scaremongering about the vaccine, operating under the theory that preventing girls from getting cer…
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Is Sex Trafficking At The Super Bowl A Myth?

In a New York Times op-ed, Kate Mogulescu — founder and supervising attorney of the Legal Aid Society's Trafficking Victims Advocacy Project — says the Super Bowl sex trafficking surge is a myth, and one that's harming sex workers and trafficking vic…
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

The Economics of Engagement Rings

New York Times money columnist Tara Siegel Bernard offers a refreshing take on engagement rings. Rather than focusing on cultural trends or what it all means for feminism, Bernard tackles the economics of engagement rings. "At a time when many young …
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Online Dating Psych—Height, Education Don't Matter

Much romantic bliss has been found between people who aren't, on face, each other's "type." As IRL, online dating site users may indicate particular preferences but actually cast a much wider net. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Lowe…
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

4 City Planning Fails

Ready for some amazing utopia fails? io9 has rounded up 10 utopian cities and communities that never got a chance, for better or worse. Nonetheless, these failures offer interesting historical perspective, expressing "our ideas about what the future …
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

The Werewolf Diet Is A Thing

The New York Daily News is reporting this week on something called the "Werewolf Diet," which involves timing juice cleanses to correspond with lunar cycles. What? This howls of faux-trend to me (sorry, couldn't resist), but let's play along anyway. …
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown