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 9, 2014, Source: Salon

The 53-year-old actress strips down and talks sexism in Hollywood and beyond.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2014, Source: Salon

A new study reveals the dangers of a low BMI.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2014, Source: Salon

How innovative programs are empowering girls, one period at a time.

Posted on: Feb 26, 2014, Source: Salon

“You can’t just come in the neighborhood and start bogarting and say, like you’re motherfuckin’ Columbus and kill off the Native Americans."

Posted on: Feb 15, 2014, Source:

An #unapologetic campaign has a lot to be sorry for.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2014, Source: Salon

Cecil Chao Sze-tsung has doubled his offer to $130 million to a fantasy son-in-law.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2014, Source: Salon

Cutting down on animal products has made a huge difference.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2014, Source: Salon

A month after a controversial decision, a Washington school's leader steps down.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2014, Source: Salon

The actress gets sh*t for 'appearing in public while not thin.' But she gets the last laugh.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2013, Source: Salon

A Florida student writes about injustices committed "In the Name of Religion"

Posted on: Nov 21, 2013, Source: Salon

A new study says more women are going natural, and the media is completely shocked about it.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2013, Source: Salon

Headlines declare the practice risky -- so why does the data say otherwise?

Posted on: Sep 10, 2013, Source: Salon

A freshman week chant shows how deep rape culture goes.

Posted on: Sep 6, 2013, Source: Salon

One Atheist couple is challenging the "under God" portion — but let's throw the whole strange ritual out.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2013, Source: Salon

A judge calls a 13-year-old a predator, a rape "prevention" campaign targets women. The victim-blaming continues.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2013, Source: Salon

The 'warrior mother' is pretty, funny and divisive. Great. She also spouts dangerous, anti-scientific ignorance.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2013, Source: Salon

We assume men just want to have sex as early as possible. But the truth is more complex

Posted on: Jun 17, 2013, Source: Salon

Society still has a long way to go.

Posted on: Jun 14, 2013, Source: Salon

Just because you’re in the right doesn’t mean you have to be a jerk about it.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2013, Source: Salon

He says oral sex caused his illness -- but what's the whole story?

Posted on: May 30, 2013, Source: Salon

El Salvador's strict abortion laws mean a woman's likely to die. Laws in other countries, and here, aren't all that much better.

Posted on: May 28, 2013, Source: Salon

When will rape apologists stop saying things like this?

Posted on: May 23, 2013, Source: Salon

It's not about being right, it's about being loving, the unusually tolerant Pontiff tells his flock.

Posted on: May 22, 2013, Source: Salon

Watch: Asked if she "thanks the lord," Oklahoma survivor tells Wolf, "actually, I'm an atheist."

Posted on: May 20, 2013, Source: Salon

Three Chicago teens are charged with a horrible sexual assault. They allegedly posted the video on social media.

Posted on: May 18, 2013, Source: Salon

Florida man told her it was an antibiotic.

Posted on: May 15, 2013, Source: Salon

The taming of the flame-haired warrior princess doll is just the latest example of the sexualization of American girlhood.

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