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.
Latest Articles

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 comp…
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 c…
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 the…
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 e…
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 w…
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. 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