Diana Spechler

Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who by Fire and Skinny, of the New York Times column Going Off, and of a forthcoming nonfiction book based on that column. She has written for the Wall Street Journal, Esquire, GQ, Paris Review Daily, Tin House Open Bar, Harper's, and elsewhere. She won the Orlando Nonfiction Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation.

Munchies

Last Call: The Owner of Merida's Oldest Cantina Is Surprised They're on Yelp

"Sure, El Cardenal is not the same as it was 100 years ago, but that’s because we’re not the same as we were 100 years ago."
Diana Spechler
1.14.19
STDs

Exposing Your Sex Partner to HIV Is No Longer a Felony in California

Advocates say the old law discouraged testing and treatment.
Diana Spechler
10.9.17
Fighting Words

This Sex Educator Was Not Allowed to Say 'Clitoris' in the Classroom

Others were barred from: "abortion," "LGBTQ," and using a diagram of female anatomy.
Diana Spechler
10.5.17
Tonic Talks

A Shot Could Have Prevented the Cancer That’s Killing Me

“I’d like to show the anti-vaxxers my chest tube and ask, ‘Would this be problematic for your child?'"
Diana Spechler
7.13.17
rights

There's Only One Abortion Clinic Left in this State

And it's not Texas.
Diana Spechler
3.24.17
Tonic

Outdated Laws Make Life Hell for People with HIV

They've failed for decades, since the prospect of criminalization scares people away from getting tested.
Diana Spechler
3.2.17
HIV

Outdated Laws Make Life Hell for People with HIV

They've failed for decades, since the prospect of criminalization scares people away from getting tested.
Diana Spechler
3.2.17
rights

Health Brands That Are Taking a Stance on the Muslim Ban

Any company that prioritizes neutrality over using its platform to speak out against the ban is endorsing oppression.
Diana Spechler
2.1.17
mental health

Trump Brought My Eating Disorder Back

The new president's misogynistic rhetoric and actions have evoked dangerous behavior for many women.
Diana Spechler
1.20.17