Selected Writing

Melissa's writing has been followed or referenced by BBC News, NPR, the Guardian, Slate, Gawker, Jezebel, Salon, Cosmopolitan, the New York Daily News, the Daily Cal, the Daily Mail, Daily Kos, RealClearPolitics,,, Bloomberg, and others.



Peter Thiel is Almost Definitely Behind This Mysterious 'Heterodox Science' Course (Broke in the Verge. Follow story here)

Harassment Case Stresses UC's Shortcomings (Broke in the San Francisco Chronicle, online and in print on the front page. Radio interview here. Follow story here)


These Women Are Leading The Sex Ed Revolution Online (Girlboss)

How Recreational Marijuana in California Left Chemists in the Dark (The Verge)

Can Cities Save Our Reproductive Rights From The Grabby Hands of Donald Trump? (The Nation)


Opinion + Analysis

Sorry “Serious” Journalists: Your Objectivity Isn’t a Thing (Girlboss)

The Sharp Relief of Feminist Satire (Girlboss)

Survivors of Sexual Violence Don't Owe Anyone Our Stories. Here's Why I'm Telling Mine. #MeToo (Los Angeles Times)

Dear Media: When You Cover Death by Suicide, Do It Thoughtfully (Los Angeles Times)

Call Me a Coddled Snowflake, But Trump's Fetish for Nukes Is Infinitely More Terrifying Than His Other Outrages (Los Angeles Times)

Forget Melania Trump. The Republican Party Platform Is the Circus We Need To Watch (Los Angeles Times)

Donald Trump Is the Hateful Voice of a Culture That Bullies Women (Los Angeles Times)

Millennials Are Having Less Sex Than Any Generation in 60 Years. Here’s Why It Matters (Los Angeles Times)

One Group is Responsible for America’s Culture of Violence, and it Isn’t Cops, Black Americans, Muslims, or Rednecks. It’s Men (Los Angeles Times)

Bono, Pass the Mic (BRIGHT)



James Rickman Leads Playboy In the #MeToo Era (California Magazine)

Rewiring the Democratic Brain With George Lakoff (San Francisco Magazine)

Sixty, Sober, and Starting Over (Oakland North)



The Biggest Sin on ‘The Bachelor’ Isn’t the Age Difference (The Lily // The Washington Post)

Hey, Nonprofit Offices. 1985 Called and It Wants Its Taupe Walls Back (BRIGHT)

The Evolving Obituary (Pacific Standard)

Why We Were Addicted to Our Tamagotchis (VICE)



Joanna Coles Wants You To Make Your Life Bigger—& Stop Chasing Balance (Girlboss)

Q&A: Robert Reich on Saving Capitalism (California Magazine)

Mars on Mars: An Interview with Artist Stella Maria Baer (The Morning News)

Bang for Your Buck (The Morning News (original), Reader's Digest (reprinted))

The Generalist: An Interview with Author Robert Sullivan (BKLYNR)


The Summer of Lana Del Rey (The Rumpus)

ENOUGH: That Too is an Ordinary Story (The Rumpus)



This is a selection. Other pieces are available upon request.