Mariella Mosthof
Mariella is an identity & culture writer whose work has been published at Bustle, Romper, VICE, Glamour.com, INTO, them., Daily Dot, and more. She was a James Beard Award-nominated food writer in a past life and a classically trained actor in a life before that. She currently lives in New York while drafting a radical queer co-parenting commune in the Bay Area.

4 Ways Venus Retrograde Can Affect Your Love Life

For the first time in roughly a year and a half, Venus is in retrograde again, from October 5 to November 17. In astrology, Venus rules love, beauty, pleasure, and money, and it's the planet most commonly associated with how we behave in…
By Mariella Mosthof

A New Report Shows Exactly Why We Need Better Sex Ed In Schools

In an effort to better understand current trends in sexual behaviors among high school students. Researchers at the Guttmacher Institute compiled data obtained over the last five years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a…
By Mariella Mosthof

Glassdoor Published A LGBTQ+ Workplace Guide & It's Full Of Advice For Queer Employees

Being a queer professional in a very straight workforce is always fraught. From figuring out your "work drag" to patiently explaining to your outreach team why an office blood drive is hella discriminatory against its queer employees, queer laborers…
By Mariella Mosthof

Here's What Making Your Bed In The Morning Says About Your Sex Life

A recent survey commissioned by Sleepopolis, a mattress review site, and conducted by OnePoll analyzed the behavioral habits of over 2,000 Americans based on whether or not they make the bed in the morning, and the survey bears good news for…
By Mariella Mosthof

A New Study Says Women Peak At 18 On Dating Apps — While Men Peak At 50

The next time somebody "not all men"s you, just forward them this and respond "literally all, says science." A new study in the journal Science Advances found that women peak at 18 on dating apps while men peak at 50. It's been making waves and…
By Mariella Mosthof

Women With PCOS Are More Likely To Feel Unhappy With Their Doctors, Study Finds

A recent study in the Journal of the Endocrine Society found that PCOS patients are more likely to be unhappy with their medical care than their non-PCOS-suffering counterparts. PCOS, short for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, is characterized by ovaries…
By Mariella Mosthof

Most College Students Have No Clue When A Woman's Fertility Declines

A new study published in the journal Human Fertility surveyed 1,215 students in Melbourne, Australia and found that less than half of college students know when a woman's fertility declines, while less than one in five know when a man's fertility…
By Mariella Mosthof

Here's How This Summer's Mercury Retrograde Can Actually Help Your Career

Mercury retrograde gets a really bad rap. When communication gets fuzzy, technology starts glitching, and the subway acts up even more than usual, people start to panic. So in the spirit of getting the cosmos to work for you, let's take a look at…
By Mariella Mosthof

7 Alternatives If An IUD Is Not Something Your Doctor Recommends

With the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat, President Trump is following through on his campaign promise to stack the Supreme Court with conservative justices less than halfway through his first term. Among…
By Mariella Mosthof

6 Ways To Participate In Pride Without Making It About You

Pride weekend is upon us, and while for many people, it's the culmination of a month-long celebration of the LGBTQ community, for others, it inspires anxiety. If you're reasonably committed to good allyship, you may see queer folks playfully dunking…
By Mariella Mosthof

This Company Wants To Make Sure LGBTQ People Get The Same Fertility Benefits As Everyone Else

Between student loan debt, stagnant wages, and the ways in which career trajectory is structured in our workforce, it's become virtually impossible for folks to plan having kids at a time when it's medically safest and easiest to do so. Big tech…
By Mariella Mosthof

The Percentage Of Americans Who Identify As LGBT Is At All-Time High

Just in time for Pride Month, Gallup has released its annual report on how many Americans self-identify as LGBT, and the results point to an ever queerer future. In the Gallup poll's six-year history (they've been tracking this data since 2012), the…
By Mariella Mosthof

12 Menstrual Cup Users Reveal Why They're So Much Better Than Tampons

Since most of us don't learn about alternatives to pads and tampons until years and years after we start our periods, it's no wonder that folks eventually find themselves wondering: do menstrual cups work better than tampons? For a long time, one of…
By Mariella Mosthof

9 Women Share The Biggest Lesson They Learned From Their First Adult Relationship

For better or worse, our early relationships give us foundational information about how to relate to others, which we tend to carry with us into romance. Our adult relationships can mimic those lessons, ingrain in us other bad habits, break harmful…
By Mariella Mosthof

Women Don't Feel Comfortable Discussing The Pay Gap's Emotional Fallout — And That's Part Of The Problem

Tuesday, April 10 is National Equal Pay Day, which aims to highlight the differences that persist between men's and women's salaries for the same jobs. But the pay gap extends beyond gender. There's a gap in how black and white folks are paid for…
By Mariella Mosthof

Grindr's New Feature Is A Stigma-Busting Game-Changer

In an effort to reduce the anxiety and stigma around getting tested for HIV, Grindr is rolling out two new strategies this week encouraging its usership to get tested more frequently. First, they'll offer free advertising to testing sites, which is…
By Mariella Mosthof

Here's How Much Money Young People Would End A Relationship For

Millennials get a ton of flack for our poor money management — we're ruining corporations by shopping local! We're killing the diamond industry by recognizing that engagement rings as an advertising scam! We're threatening the debt industry because…
By Mariella Mosthof

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.…
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