Marissa Higgins is a writer based in Washington, DC. Her reported features, personal essays, and analysis has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Salon, Vice, Time Ideas, Pacific Standard, Guernica, and elsewhere. Her work generally explores LGBTQ issues, women's health, and poverty. You may reach her at marissa1higgins@gmail.com

Latest Articles

We've All Cringed At These Embarrassing '90s Memories

Unfortunately, embarrassment is one of the emotions that we continue to feel keenly no matter how old we get. Of course, there are some classic embarrassing memories from the '90s that pretty much all of us who grew up during the decade wish we could…
By Marissa Higgins

13 Foods You Made Yourself For Breakfast In the…

Breakfast is always a magical meal — but is there anything more magical than the foods you made yourself for breakfast in the '90s? No. The answer is no. Sure, now that we're grown up we can go out to brunch and Instagram our plate until the sun goes…
By Marissa Higgins

11 Queer Icons You Had In The '90s

For members of the LGBTQ community, it can be tough to find representations and role models for ourselves in the media even today. If you were growing up queer in the '90s, though, finding positive representations of queer people in TV, books, music,…
By Marissa Higgins

Why Is It Called The Snow Moon, Anyway?

If you're into astronomy, you probably already know that tonight, Feb. 10, we're in for a sweet surprise: It's the full moon! And it has been awesome name, too: The Snow Moon! You might be wondering: Why is it called a Snow Moon, anyway? It's a valid…
By Marissa Higgins

Using Sign Language Has This Added Benefit

Most people agree that learning a second language of any kind is a great part of personal development. But according to recent research, learning sign language has an added benefit: It can actually improve your vision. As UK researchers explain in th…
By Marissa Higgins

7 Signs You Might Be Emotional Spending

How you spend your money is always a personal decision. That said, it's also important to be able to recognize the signs of emotional spending, both in yourself and others. What is emotional spending, you might be wondering? According to Ryan Howell,…
By Marissa Higgins

These Are The Most Important Leadership Skills

How to be a good leader is a question most of us wrestle with, especially when it comes to our professional lives. That's why it's interesting to explore what the most important leadership skills are — because while there are all different ways to be…
By Marissa Higgins

More Proof Mental Health Stigma Has To End

According to a recent study, more than 80 percent of people will experience at least one episode of mental illness in their lifetime. This data, published in the February issue of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, raises an important question: If s…
By Marissa Higgins

The Best "Nevertheless She Persisted" Tweets

When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday night after she attempted to speak on the Senate floor, it was perhaps inevitable that people everywhere would be furious on Warren's behalf — leading…
By Marissa Higgins

"Pokemon Go" Has A Valentine's Day Special For You

If you're still trying to figure out your plans for Valentine's Day, worry not, because there is a new "Pokemon Go" Valentine's Day event here to help. "Pokemon Go's" Valentine's special runs from 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 8 and wraps up on 2 p.m …
By Marissa Higgins

When Is Jupiter Retrograde In 2017?

If you're someone who is in tune with the stars, or you're feeling like 2017 is the year you're going to track your life changes in correlation with what the sky spells out, you might be wondering: When is Jupiter retrograde in 2017? The short answer…
By Marissa Higgins

The Scientific Explanation Of "Worry Spirals"

Have you ever felt like your worries spiral out of control with a troubling degree of frequency? As Cari Romm highlights at Science of Us, you are far from alone if you tend to get trapped in circles of anxiety. In fact, research published in the Dec…
By Marissa Higgins

The Molten Chocolate Trio Won't Be Around For Long

Thirsty for a sweet treat to celebrate Valentine's Day this year? Fret not, everybody, because the Starbucks Molten Chocolate trio is officially back. And if you're wondering when you can get Starbucks' Molten Chocolate drinks in 2017, guess what? Th…
By Marissa Higgins

You Can Donate To The ACLU By Drinking Coffee RN

If you've been thinking, "Gee, I should really set up some donations for organizations fighting the good fight right now," fret no more, because you can now donate to the ACLU by drinking a cup of coffee. That's right: Thanks to a partnership between…
By Marissa Higgins

How To See Your Facebook Friends Day Video

If you use Facebook, you already know how many fun ways the website offers to connect us with friends and family. Today, example, Facebook is displaying Facebook Friends Day Videos that take us back through our virtual journeys with friends over the …
By Marissa Higgins

LGBTQ Rights Organizations To Donate To Right Now

In a time when organizations are clamoring to gather funds to protect marginalized people, it can be overwhelming to decide where to donate your extra cash. You might wonder: What LGBTQ organizations can I donate to outside of the most popular ones, …
By Marissa Higgins

How To Help When You Can't Donate Money

We've been talking a lot lately about how to help and support the organizations we believe in. If you don't have financial means to donate to organizations you love, however, you might be wondering: How can I help causes if I can't donate money? Thi…
By Marissa Higgins

Norovirus Sticks Around Longer Than You Think

Winter is full of great things: Holiday music, lots of baked goods, and spending time with loved ones. It's also, unfortunately, when people tend to get super sick, often with the stomach disaster known as the norovirus. You might be wondering: How l…
By Marissa Higgins

The Instagram Feature You Didn't Know You Needed

Is there any horror greater than realizing you've accidentally sent a message you didn't mean to send? While perhaps not the biggest deal in the world, we've likely all experienced that paralyzing mortification at some point in our lives. That's why …
By Marissa Higgins

How To Unplug When Trump News Is Stressing You Out

Generally speaking, there is nothing wrong with following the news. However, it's also important to unplug from the internet when you feel like it's giving you stress or anxiety or distracting you from your job or commitments. In the age of social me…
By Marissa Higgins