Picture of Elissa Strauss

Elissa Strauss

Columnist

Elissa Strauss writes about the intersection of gender and culture for TheWeek.com. She also writes regularly for Elle.com and the Jewish Daily Forward, where she is a weekly columnist.

In defense of family dinner
If your family dinner looks nothing like this, you're not alone.
Feature

In defense of family dinner

Why being miserable in high school is good for you
The Breakfast Club
Feature

Why being miserable in high school is good for you

The end of the gushing celebrity profile
The Vogue September issue
Opinion

The end of the gushing celebrity profile

The problem with 'boyfriend' jeans
Really?
Opinion

The problem with 'boyfriend' jeans

Amy Schumer's fight against sexism
Feature

Amy Schumer's fight against sexism

The hard work of chill parenting
Lorelai Gilmore, an original Cool Mom
Opinion

The hard work of chill parenting

Let's ban sexist subway ads
A controversial Protein World subway advertisement
Opinion

Let's ban sexist subway ads

Who cares if Kim Kardashian calls herself a feminist?
Kim Kardashian
Opinion

Who cares if Kim Kardashian calls herself a feminist?

The pure bliss of summertime TV
Television
Opinion

The pure bliss of summertime TV

Enough with the doofus dad jokes
Modern Family
Opinion

Enough with the doofus dad jokes

How Alanis Morisette's Jagged Little Pill changed my life
Alanis Morrissette
Opinion

How Alanis Morisette's Jagged Little Pill changed my life

Childbirth is finally getting the cultural treatment it deserves
Call the Midwife
Opinion

Childbirth is finally getting the cultural treatment it deserves

Amy Schumer wants you to stop buying into sexism
Opinion

Amy Schumer wants you to stop buying into sexism

Why being miserable in high school is good for you
The Breakfast Club
Opinion

Why being miserable in high school is good for you

The freedom that mothers are still denied
Multitasking mom.
Opinion

The freedom that mothers are still denied

In defense of shame
Monica Lewinsky.
Opinion

In defense of shame

The mommy wars are not about kids
Baby race
Opinion

The mommy wars are not about kids

How gluten intolerance became the fainting spell of the 21st century
Fainting couch
Audiophile: Listen Smarter

How gluten intolerance became the fainting spell of the 21st century

Why everyone loves Passover
Artie's Delicatessen
Feature

Why everyone loves Passover

Sheryl Sandberg's sex tips aren't half-bad
Sheryl Sandberg
Opinion

Sheryl Sandberg's sex tips aren't half-bad

Boys need a stay-at-home dad LEGO figurine
More diversity across the board.
Opinion

Boys need a stay-at-home dad LEGO figurine

How gluten intolerance became the fainting spell of the 21st century
Fainting couch
Feature

How gluten intolerance became the fainting spell of the 21st century

That CEO’s confession is actually full of terrible advice for women
PowerToFly CEO
Opinion

That CEO’s confession is actually full of terrible advice for women

Why does Togetherness act like feminism never happened?
Togetherness
Analysis

Why does Togetherness act like feminism never happened?

Why every American baby deserves a fresh diaper — courtesy of the U.S. government
Baby Diaper
Opinion

Why every American baby deserves a fresh diaper — courtesy of the U.S. government

Why feminspiration advertising is just the sort of cynical ploy feminism needs
Always "Like a Girl" campaign
Feature

Why feminspiration advertising is just the sort of cynical ploy feminism needs

Why Parenthood was the perfect antidote to a cynical age
Opinion

Why Parenthood was the perfect antidote to a cynical age

Want to ask Facebook about your daughter's binky? Go ahead.
Opinion

Want to ask Facebook about your daughter's binky? Go ahead.

Why you should care that Frank Bruni asked Jennifer Aniston about Brangelina
Opinion

Why you should care that Frank Bruni asked Jennifer Aniston about Brangelina

Why Broad City is the new Lean In
Opinion

Why Broad City is the new Lean In

Enough with mansplaining. And manspreading and manslamming.
Feature

Enough with mansplaining. And manspreading and manslamming.

Why the feminists should hear out the menimists
Opinion

Why the feminists should hear out the menimists

Why I don't want 'mom friends'
Mom Friends
Feature

Why I don't want 'mom friends'

Why Madonna should rock her wrinkles
Opinion

Why Madonna should rock her wrinkles

Why our homes — not offices — are largely responsible for the gender pay gap
1950s housewife
Opinion

Why our homes — not offices — are largely responsible for the gender pay gap

Why everyone got upset about Marriott's plan to increase housekeepers' pay
Hotel
Opinion

Why everyone got upset about Marriott's plan to increase housekeepers' pay