Ella Dawson

is creating kind but daring writing about intimacy and relationships.

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This tier will receive a personalized, hand-written thank you letter in the mail from me, complete with the herpes sticker pack! Plus the newsletter, early access, exclusive essays, and my micro-memoir LIFE RUINER.
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About Ella Dawson

Who am I?

Hi there! My name is Ella Dawson and I'm a sex and culture critic. I write about how terrible us humans are at communication, from our dehumanizing culture of casual sex, to how shame keeps us silent about our mental and sexual health.

I'm also an internet loudmouth with a lot of opinions about politics, feminism, media and romance novels. Wondering why you recognize me? You might have seen my TEDx talk about fighting herpes stigma — or coverage of my work in BuzzFeed, the Washington Post, and Infowars (that was a real career highlight). 

What am I doing on Patreon?

I've been a rebel with a few different causes online since I was a teenager, and I've been lucky to receive tips via PayPal from readers over the years. Now I'm at a point in my career where I want to dedicate more energy to writing and publishing online. I've been burned by the personal essay industrial complex many times before, so I decided to turn directly to readers like you for financial support. I also have anxiety and depression, which makes pitching editors and constantly hustling a challenge. Steady Patreon support will allow me to stress less and write more. 

Many of the works I share here on Patreon are intensely personal and deal with topics like abuse, sexual regret and shame, and mental illness. After years of writing online, I've learned the value of publishing for a good-faith and kind audience as opposed to the internet at large. Having a dedicated community of readers allows me to delve deeper without worrying about drive-by trolls and fringe conservative provocateurs who enjoy presenting my writing out of context. 

Why should you support me?

Maybe my TEDx talk helped you when you were diagnosed with herpes. Maybe you want to read empathetic, no-bullshit essays about sexuality. Maybe you just like my tweets and want to support my Diet Coke addiction. Whatever the reason, your pledge would mean the world to me.
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250 - reached! patrons
When I reach 250 patrons, I'll throw a party on Instagram Live! 
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 30 exclusive posts
1
Audio release
4
Images
23
Writings
2
Videos

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