Present: Staff reporter at Mountain Xpress in Asheville. Past: Writer & editor with over 18 years experience covering politics, culture and health. Reach me at jessica dot wakeman at gmail dot com.
How Choire Sicha Is Steering Style in a Crisis
The man behind the curtain of the New York Times’s most innovative section emerged fully formed from the Internet. But the Style section's reputation for lightness is running up against our chaotic moment.
The Women Of Democratic Socialism Prove The Movement Isn't Just A Bunch Of Sexist White Guys
Meet the young women joining the Democratic Socialist movement in the wake of the 2016 election.
Men Who Scream at Work Aren't "Passionate." They're Abusive.
The toxic effect of verbal harassment in the office.
The Delicate Art of Writing a Believable Sexual Predator
Kate Elizabeth Russell, the author of the new book ‘My Dark Vanessa,’ talks about what men can take from her portrait of an abusive bond.
Couple Shares Journey After Infant Loss
Abigail Mary Elizabeth Crawford’s life started sometime in the weeks before Oct. 4, 2020. That was the date her mother, Jenna Crawford, giddily leapt on top of her sleeping father, Garry Wynn, holding a positive pregnancy test at 5:30 a.m.
Virtual Brothels: How Teledildonics Is Revolutionizing Sex Work
Customers can experience cam girls like never before.
Book Review: ‘Jersey Angel,’ by Beth Ann Bauman
A review of the YA novel with mature themes.
This Chef Helps At-Risk Women Feel at Home for the Holidays
Abigail Hitchcock teaches residents of a Manhattan shelter to cook healthy dishes they can make cheaply and easily on their own.
Forensic Nurses Play Key Role After Assaults
Few crimes are more personal than sexual assault and collecting evidence that may lead to a conviction of an attacker can be traumatic and invasive. That’s where trained forensic nurses can make a difference.
WNC Explores Psychedelic Mushrooms for Mental Health
People who use mushrooms for depression or anxiety often have a clinical history of using pharmaceutical antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication.
Captive Audience: Downtown Businesses Grapple With Buskers Who Use Amps
Andrew Fletcher knows the ingredients for the best busking experience in downtown Asheville: “The right band, the right spot and the right weather.” That combination yields the perfect recipe for tips, he says. One ingredient that isn’t necessary for street performers, says Fletcher, is an amplifier.
I Shared My Sex Life with the Entire Internet
I’m reckoning with the fact that there’s a lot of very personal details about my sex life online from a specific time of my life that was pretty different from the one I have today.
Why Are So Many Women Crowdsourcing Their Healthcare?
“The problem is when you turn to an online community, you have no idea what information you’re really getting.”
Syringe Disposal Units are a ‘Balancing Act’
In September 2018, Malaprops Bookstore/Cafe placed its first needle disposal box in its bathrooms. “We were finding needles in the bathroom on the floor,” explains its lead bookseller.