About

Welcome!

I am a writer, speaker, activist, and social worker based in New York City, originally from Israel by way of the Midwest, originally-originally from Russia (but I’ve never been there).

My blog, Brute Reason, covers social justice, psychology, mental health, sexuality, and other stuff I care about. Most of my writing touches on issues like consent and autonomy, direct communication, community building, and rational thinking. Although my writing often persuades people, I’m more interested in giving people tools to live more happily, think more clearly, and act more ethically. I aspire to be compassionate, charitable, reasonable, nuanced, and honest in my writing. Integrity and accountability are very important to me. My writing is often personal, because I want to remind others who struggle with the things I do that they’re not alone.

Besides my blog, which has been active for six years, my writing has appeared in the Daily Dot, xoJane, Everyday Feminism, Friendly Atheist, Salon, and other outlets. Thanks to my writing and activism, I speak at conferences several times a year, usually about mental or sexual health.

I’m generally not great at making a list of my favorite posts or anything like that, but currently I’m most proud of this one, this one, this one, this one, and this one. If you want to get an idea of what my writing is all about, check those out.

Thank you to my awesome Patreon supporters

In June 2015, I started a Patreon to help me support myself and motivate myself to write. Everyone who contributes at least $5 per post gets publicly thanked here!

So, thank you to:

  • Jay Young
  • Danielle Muscato
  • Secular Woman
  • Sophie Benjamin
  • Amber Ying
  • Naomi Rivkis
  • Brian Engler
  • William
  • and all my other Patrons!

If you like my blog, I’d really appreciate your support!

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