Steph Auteri is a journalist who has written for the Atlantic, Pacific Standard, VICE, and elsewhere. Her more literary work has appeared in Poets & Writers, Creative Nonfiction, VQR, and other publications. Her reported memoir, A DIRTY WORD, came out in 2018. She is the founder of GuerrillaSexEd.org. Favorite Genres: horror, comics, horror comics, and narrative journalism.
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Blog, Social Justice

How Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation Co-opts the Language of Anti-Violence Advocates

Just last month, I hopped onto a meeting of the Sex Education Alliance (SEA) to talk about the most recent onslaught of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation sweeping across the U.S. The Alliance is a membership organization for sex educators who are focused on family and child education and we spend a lot of time supporting each other …

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College Campuses Continue to Suck at Handling Sexual Misconduct Allegations

It was the early 2010s when, suddenly, conversations about sexual assault on college campuses were everywhere. At least it seemed so to me. Know Your IX — a survivor- and youth-led project that empowers students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools — was founded in 2013. In 2015, the world watched as …

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In Many Small Communities, Fighting Book Censorship Has Become a Full-Time Job

The other month, I finally got my hands on The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story. The book grew out of a long-form journalism project created by Nikole Hannah-Jones for The New York Times Magazine, which was originally published in August 2019. According to that special edition of the magazine, the project’s aim was to …

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Pandemic Highlights the Fact That Our Society Still Consistently Denies Women’s Humanity

Hello there. I’m Steph Auteri and I’m a freelance writer. I write about sex and stuff, here and elsewhere. For the past two years, however, I’ve been experiencing what I can only describe as writing paralysis. At first, it was the pandemic. Pieces were killed, projects were postponed, and prospective clients disappeared as the media …

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