Madeleine Holden

Madeleine Holden is a lawyer and freelance writer based between Berlin and New Zealand. She writes about relationships, sex, gender and whatever the hell else she feels like for MEL.


Why Restaurants Still Can’t Shake Their Sexist Service Etiquette

Amy, a 35-year-old writer in New York City, loves whiskey, but whenever she orders a neat scotch or an old-fashioned, it will inevitably be placed…

Why Do Men Fetishize Skinny Women Who Are Big Eaters?

Men are often impressed when Eliza, a petite artist in her 30s who grew up in the Seattle area, orders a burger in their presence….

People Who Change Their Last Name Because They Hate Their Father

Is there a better way to change everything about your life than by changing your name? Because while it might not completely erase your circumstances,…