Stories by Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of "Gimme Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream." Follow her on Twitter: @embeedub.             subscribe to  Mary Elizabeth Williams's feed

Posted on: Apr 11, 2013, Source: Salon

One California high school addressed the topic of rape culture head-on, and we should all learn from them.

Posted on: Apr 3, 2013, Source: Salon

She tells British Vogue "the word can be very extreme." This from the woman who coined the word "bootylicious."

Posted on: Apr 1, 2013, Source: Salon

A Kansas congressman writes the dumbest anti-gay marriage op-ed ever. We don't think it's an April Fool's joke.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2013, Source: Salon

Two very different retailers take heat for -- really -- asking customers to pay to shop.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2013, Source:

The singing Mormon brood (minus gay-marriage advocate Marie Osmond) returns with a rally to "protect" marriage.

Posted on: Mar 13, 2013, Source: Salon

The BSA still has a long way to go in their attitudes towards gays and lesbians.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2013, Source: Salon

Zerlina Maxwell said men can prevent rape — and recounts the nightmare that followed thereafter

Posted on: Mar 7, 2013, Source: Salon

New TSA rules make no sense.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2013, Source:

The Joe Francis empire faces bankruptcy, marking the end of an era. But don't worry, you can still see naked ladies

Posted on: Feb 28, 2013, Source: Salon

The boob and fried-food chain thinks it can appeal to an even baser side, male fear of overweight women.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2013, Source:

The pope's abrupt retirement gets stranger. Now, an Italian newspaper alleges corruption at the Vatican.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2013, Source: Salon

Devoted patron John Alleman died after eating in a Las Vegas restaurant that boasts a "Taste Worth Dying For!"

Posted on: Feb 13, 2013, Source: Salon

Daily diner at Las Vegas eatery dies of heart failure at 52 after steady diet of high calorie, high fat foods

Posted on: Feb 7, 2013, Source: Salon

The rate of grooming accidents is exploding. When did we start hating pubic hair?

Posted on: Jan 10, 2013, Source: Salon

Yet another report says that staying seated for hours on end is dangerous. Maybe it's time we take a stand.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2012, Source: Salon

America's worst job posting goes viral because it reminds us of all of the bad gigs we've ever had

Posted on: Nov 17, 2012, Source: Salon

Jennifer Lawrence — a "fat actress" — refuses to starve herself, while Anne Hathaway gets even skinnier for a part.

Posted on: Oct 24, 2012, Source: Salon

The reactions to Jennifer Esposito’s story can be neatly divided between those who empathize and those who think this is some spoiled actress’s crazy diet issue.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2012, Source: Salon

An epidemic of high-profile trolling is a testament to how pathological misogyny is — and how early it begins.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2012, Source: Salon

A discussion thread on Reddit asked members if any of them had ever committed sexual assault. One response in particular stood out.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2012, Source: Salon

Dear media: Learn the difference between abuse and sex -- otherwise, you're sensationalizing violence and rape

Posted on: Jun 27, 2012, Source: Salon

A new documentary shows how the military has, across the board and in every branch, failed to protect its members from sexual assault.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2012, Source: Salon

A new challenge sheds light on a horribly outdated policy. It's time for the Scouts' exclusionary rules to end.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2012, Source: Salon

Transgender people take an overwhelmingly disproportionate amount of abuse and harassment. That's why it's awesome when they're depicted positively on TV.

Posted on: Mar 8, 2012, Source: Salon

The hidden epidemic of workplace mistreatment affects over a third of workers -- and is hurting us all.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2012, Source: Salon

"One Million Moms" is angry JC Penny is sticking by Ellen, their spokesperson. Ellen had some choice words for them in return.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2012, Source: Salon

A prominent New York TV anchor is accused of rape -- but the tabloids smear the accuser. What's so dismaying about the coverage is how pathetically typical it is.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2011, Source: Salon

Pediatricians call for drug screening for teens, but doctors' lectures may be more drug "education" for teens to ignore.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2011, Source: Salon

A woman's boasts about their condom-free tryst demonstrates a dangerous new attitude about protection.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2011, Source: Salon

If you wanted to sum up what people mean when they toss around phrases like “class war” and “the 99 percent” you might put it all down to this: $39,000 backpacks. Sold out.

Posted on: Sep 26, 2011, Source: Salon

For now, "vagina" is still the Voldemort of prime time, a word that has been unspoken for so long that it has a mystical, fearsome ability to shock.