Stories by Sarah Seltzer

Sarah Seltzer is a freelance writer based in New York City. Her work has been published at the Nation, the Christian Science Monitor, Jezebel and the Washington Post. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahmseltzer and find her work at subscribe to Sarah Seltzer's feed

Posted on: Dec 29, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A number of new medical breakthroughs, a slightly softened stance from the Vatican and a vigorous new generation of activists offer new hope--but huge challenges remain.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Instead of boycotting companies that make goods in sweatshops, student labor activists are boosting Alta Gracia, a factory that pays a living wage--and lets workers unionize.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2010, Source: AlterNet

WaPo reports on the new extent of the surveillance state: Predator drones on the Mexican border, wireless fingerprint scanning and vast databases on its own citizens.

Posted on: Dec 9, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Extreme and patriarchal religions give people with violent or controlling tendencies a justification to let those tendencies loose.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2010, Source: AlterNet

When Sarah Palin smugly announced that she was considering a 2012 run for the presidency, it set off a ripple of reactions ranging from shrugs to shrieks. Here are the best ones.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2010, Source: AlterNet

How does one deal with the conservatives at the family table while avoiding a massive food fight? Stay calm and relaxed, and follow these simple guidelines.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2010, Source: AlterNet

We’ve gone beyond Stephen Colbert's' truthiness' into a 'truth-be-damned' environment.

Posted on: Nov 5, 2010, Source: AlterNet

2010 saw a spate of sexist attacks on female candidates, leaving fewer women in congress than we've had in years. The good news? Fighting back against sexism can win women votes.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Feminists launch a movement to push back at pole-dancing for preteens and hypersexed images of girls -- without being anti-sex.

Posted on: Sep 1, 2010, Source: RH Reality Check

The show takes an interesting turn when a conservative character doesn't want to have a murderer's baby.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2010, Source: AlterNet

This summer, NOM -- an anti-gay marriage group -- took their hate on the road. The Courage Campaign has captured their bigotry on camera.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2010, Source: AlterNet

As states pass record numbers of abortion restrictions, TV and film go to the abortion clinic, with varying results.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2010, Source: RH Reality Check

Cyrus has become the focus for collective anxiety over young women and sex. Why are we so hung up on the fact that some teen girls enjoy wearing short-shorts or (gasp!) having sex?

Posted on: May 11, 2010, Source: RH Reality Check

The pill gets a lot of criticism, much of it valid. But for many women, the birth control pill is essential.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2010, Source: AlterNet

While anti-choicers focus only on preventing access to a single procedure, women across the country are dying pointless deaths due to lack of access to proper care.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A new show lets viewers weigh in on whether the characters have abortions. Is it a smart way to spark discussion about abortion, or tone deaf and callous?

Posted on: Dec 27, 2009, Source: RH Reality Check

That question often elicits the sexist "men are from Mars, women are from Venus" claptrap. But the truth is much more complicated.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Journalist Jon Krakauer's striking new book on the story of the events surrounding Pat Tillman's death in Afghanistan covers the emotional depths of war and government cover-up.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Johnston was shoved in the public spotlight to burnish Palin's conservative credibility during the election. Now he's striking back.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2009, Source: RH Reality Check

Apatow's male characters' attitudes towards women fall into one of the two categories: dirty punchline or pedestal.