Mariella Mosthof
Mariella writes about Sex & Dating, Entertainment, and Queer Culture for Bustle, Romper, Daily Dot, and Nerve. She's the former Entertainment Editor of Styleite, former Senior Editor of James Beard Award-nominated The Braiser, and former news writer at Wetpaint Entertainment. Her life goals include: 1) assemble an all-journo riot grrrl band called CAPS GRAFS, 2) devise a Drag King persona named Semi Lovato, and 3) star in her own comedy special entitled "Mariella Mosthof: Over the Knee," written by someone much funnier than she is.
Latest Articles

This May Be The Secret To Combating The Harmful Effects Of Perfectionism

Perfectionism is widely regarded by psychologists to be a harmful system of thinking and the correlation between perfectionism and depression makes it clear as to why. But a new study published this month in PLOS One found that self-compassion could …
By Mariella Mosthof

13 Olympic Couples At The Winter Games You Probably Didn't Know About

We hear a lot about the sexual free-for-all that goes down in the Olympic Village every Summer and Winter Games, and while there is a ton of hooking up between athletes in the Olympic Village, some of them are also happily partnered to each other. So…
By Mariella Mosthof

Here's What Sex Is Really Like In The Olympic Village

Some of us watch the Olympics for sports, some of us watch to delight in feats of endurance and strength which prove that bodies are magic, and some of us watch for the compelling human interest stories that hurtle toward either victory or defeat in …
By Mariella Mosthof

This Year's Puppy Bowl Puppies Are on Tinder & You Can Start Swiping Right On Them Now

Good news if you were already planning to zone out on Tinder during your friend's Super Bowl party: in addition to swiping on potential romantic matches, you could also be swiping on puppies! Tinder is teaming up with Pledgeling and the American Soci…
By Mariella Mosthof

This App Wants You To Sign Consent Contracts For Your Hookups & Twitter Is Not Having It

App development seems like one of those fields that we squeezed every ounce of use from very quickly. Inviting itself to the party is LegalFling, a blockchain-based app that generates consent contracts for people before they hook up. Aside from the f…
By Mariella Mosthof

19 Unique Women's March Sign Ideas That You'll Wish You Came Up With First

The Women's March is celebrating its historic March on Washington, held one day after President Trump's inauguration in 2017, with an anniversary march that's part commemoration and part a mobilization effort toward voter registration. Women's March …
By Mariella Mosthof

6 Places To Get Free STD Tests This Year

If you've been a little laissez-faire about your sexual health in the past but decided that 2018 is the year you take it seriously, then, first of all, congrats! It's never too late to start developing good sexual health habits. But if you're uninsur…
By Mariella Mosthof

This Poll Shows People Have No Idea What Constitutes Sexual Harassment

The sexual misconduct reckoning has resulted in an impressive airing of grievances across various industries, but we don't seem to be at the point yet where we can implement meaningful change. This Reuters poll may offer some insight as to why: there…
By Mariella Mosthof

Social Media FOMO Is More Dangerous To Your Wellbeing Than You Think

A widely accepted rule in human psychology is that people have a tendency to view themselves in the best possible light: it's called illusory superiority and, in healthy people, it can help boost self-efficacy, or the belief that we can successfully …
By Mariella Mosthof

Here's Why You Should Think Twice Before Going On A First Date During Mercury Retrograde

Trying to start a relationship in the middle of the holidays is the actual worst. Mercury adds fuel to the fire this season entering retrograde on December 3 and staying there until December 22. So is a first date during Mercury retrograde over the 2…
By Mariella Mosthof

Google Is Making It Way Easier To See What Salary You Should Be Getting

Undoubtedly, one of the biggest contributors to the wage gap is that fact that we've been programmed by the patriarchy to believe that talking about money is impolite. But with a lack of education, community, or resources around what a reasonable sal…
By Mariella Mosthof

A Plane Made An Emergency Landing After A Woman Found Out Her Husband Was Cheating

In a stunning display at the intersection of "yes, girl," "go off", and "live your truth," a plane was forced to make an emergency landing because a woman found out her husband was cheating mid-flight, reports The Times Of India. On a Qatar Airlines …
By Mariella Mosthof

This Sex Ed Site Wants To Be The Middle Ground Between Planned Parenthood & Porn

A new sex ed platform called O.school is launching November 3 and it promises a "radical," "groundbreaking," "troll-free sex ed oasis on the internet" to "revolutionize" the ways we talk about sex, pleasure, consent, and trauma. It also boasts a quee…
By Mariella Mosthof

The Scientific Reason Some People Like Making Out In Public — & The Different Repercussions For Men Vs. Women

Public displays of affection are a notoriously polarizing topic among couples. Some people find it playful, relationship-strengthening, and fun, while others are fully grossed out by the idea of being overtly sexual in public. Both are totally valid …
By Mariella Mosthof

Here's How Monogamous Men's Brains Are Different From Non-Monogamous Ones

It can feel super disappointing when hitting it off with a new person to discover that, although you may have great chemistry, you also have different relationship preferences when it comes to monogamy versus non-monogamy. Take heart in this study fr…
By Mariella Mosthof

A Study Finally Got Really, Really Specific On How Women Like To Be Stimulated

Nonscientific observation: when we talk about "the female orgasm" like it's some mysterious, opaque, barely achievable concept, what we really do is encourage people to be lazy about it because it's basically impossible to figure out anyway. A recent…
By Mariella Mosthof

This Dating App Is Exclusively For Verified Twitter Users & Twitter Users Are Not Having It

Loveflutter is not new to the dating app market. In fact, the Twitter-based dating app first launched in 2014, hoping to corner the market on folks for whom Twitter provided a better latitude for self-expression than Instagram or Facebook. But Lovefl…
By Mariella Mosthof

The Internet Is Obsessed With This Game That Lets You Play A Hot Dad Who Dates Hot Dads

Gay Twitter, Lady Twitter, Black Twitter — essentially all of the Twitters you know and care about — are atwitter (sorry!) over Dream Daddy, a new sim game some predict will become the "Pokemon Go" of Summer 2017. The concept is somehow deeply wholes…
By Mariella Mosthof

9 NYC Bars To Keep The Pride Going After The Pride Parade

Following the rally that tops off NYC Pride, attendees lining the parade route are frequently left with some combination of the following feelings: hangry, energized, sunburnt, heart-warmed, overwhelmed, overjoyed, dehydrated, thirsting for tequila, …
By Mariella Mosthof

7 LGBTQ NYC Landmarks To Visit During Pride

June is a great month to explore New York City for a variety of reasons: the weather is nice enough to do cool stuff for free, the population thins out a little with all its insufferable rich residents fleeing for the Hamptons (though there's also an…
By Mariella Mosthof