Shannon Kavanaugh | Featured Writing
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Featured Writing

Personal Essays

Women’s Issues/ Feminism:

I Was a 9-Year-Old Playboy Bunny – Longreads: I handmade a Playboy Bunny Costume when I was nine-years-old.

The Mark Thing – The Rumpus: Confronting an old “friend” publically about his treatment of women and grappling with my complicitness in his behaviors.

Reckoning with the Wreckage: A Midlife Love Story of Choosing Me – HerStories Project: What I learned from an early midlife crisis.

Revisiting My Forgotten Lover: New York City a Lifetime Later – Club Mid


Women of a Certain Age Don’t Have to Settle – Dame Magazine

We all Want Good Sex. It’s Time for Men to Do Their Part – The Washington Post

I Earn More Than the Men I Date. I Don’t Care. But They Do – The Washington Post

I’m a Femnist Who’s Attracted to ‘Manly Men’ – The Washington Post

This is How I Deal with Trump Supporters in Online Dating – The Washington Post

I Was Catfished on Tinder, But it was Worth It – The Washington Post

I Have A Lot of Baggage. How Much Do I Unload on a First Date? – The Washington Post

What I’ve Learned from Having Lots of Great Sex – ESME

His Hands: Love and Loss After Divorce – Huffington Post

When Newly Divorced Mom Goes to Vegas – Huffington Post

Crazy Train: One Woman’s Story about Amy Schumer, Pluto & Catfishing– Stackedd Magazine

Can I Wholeheartedly Be Connected to Someone without Monogomy? – Role/ Reboot

Single Parenting/ Co-Parenting:

My Ex-Husband is a Narcissist and Here is what I’ve Learned Since I Left Him – Scary Mommy

When the Father of Your Children is Your Enemy – Scary Mommy

The 50/50 Life of Divorce – Scary Mommy

How I Manage to Love an Ex-Husband Who Hates Me – Scary Mommy

Essays about Movies:

Safety Nets: On Seeing Movies with My Children – The Rumpus

Arrival: A Metaphor for Our Polemic Times – The Rumpus

Grief/ Trauma:

My Obligation to My Children While the World is on Fire – Motherwell

Baby I Don’t Want to Know – The Manifest-Station: About a fatal car accident in my 20s.


We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor

Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God: 73 Women on Life’s Transitions

Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness: Mom Stories from the Trenches

The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship


An Unknown and Specific Direction– Poydras Review