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“Women are caught between feminism and the pornification of America, and men are, too. I spent my youth squatting on a pedestal, the beauty queen who couldn’t get laid. I’ve been a Relationship Consultant, phone sex diva, mistress, been fought over, lived with hunks who treated me as the trophy, then couldn’t deliver. Now I’m married, because he wouldn’t take no for an answer, and I’m grateful he didn’t. I always knew what I wanted, which is where it all begins. I can help others get theirs, too.” – Taylor Marsh author of The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen

I’m a political writer, cultural voyeur, and author now living in the Beltway area of Washington, D.C.

New media has been my laboratory for 18 years.

My new book, THE SEXUAL EDUCATION OF A BEAUTY QUEEN – Relationship Secrets from the Trenches, published by Open Road Media, and Padaro Press, which will be out August 5, 2014. It’s now available for pre-order at

Here’s a little bit about it from my publisher…

Beauty Queen is at once memoir, commentary, enlightenment and a little dose of self-help. Taylor Marsh was Miss Missouri, performed on Broadway, hosted a radio show and starred in a one woman show. She was also a Relationship Consultant for the nation’s largest newsweekly, edited the web’s first mega successful women-owned and operated soft-core pornography site, worked as a phone sex actress and studied sexuality and relationships for years. She’s been single, a girlfriend, a mistress and a wife. She has the inside track to what men want, what women need and how we all tend to muck it up. As a political commentator and popular writer, Taylor is intelligent and inspiring. She blends personal experience, pop culture and the politics of sex in an entertaining, engaging and inspiring read. [Now available at – published by Open Road Media, and Padaro Press]

I have lived in New York City and Los Angeles, and many points in between, but thought writing political and cultural books would work better by living within the swamp that is Washington, D.C., which I love.

The creative ride I chose began with performing and landed me on Broadway. I’ve been writing since I was a kid, but it turned to my professional career twenty years ago, but it’s not where I started.

Let’s just say my path has led to a widely adventurous road.

Oh, and Taylor Marsh is a pseudonym, which was a better fit for my reinvention, which began as Michelle Marshall, minus the middle name I won’t claim, which is another story entirely.

If you require more, there’s always Wikipedia.

“You should have your own damn tv show. best commentary and analysis on the intertubes.” – reader Ann Marie (via Facebook)

The view from a recovering partisan.


Taylor Marsh is a political writer, cultural voyeur, and author now living in the Beltway area of Washington, D.C.

How a Miss America contestant, not to mention a Miss Friendship in the Miss Teenage America Pageant, and homecoming queen, ended up as editor-in-chief of the first female-run soft-core website to make money on the web is only part of the story, but it did get her picture on the pages of USA Today at the time. It all began when she became Relationship Consultant at the LA Weekly in 1992. When her trademarked column “What Do You Want?” moved to the web in 1996, Taylor Marsh became one of the very first people writing about relationships, men, women and the politics of sex online.

In 2008, the Washington Post (pdf here), and then the New Republic (pdf here) sent reporters to interview her for profiles during the height of the 2008 presidential election cycle. was a major Hillary hub. She described herself as “the Hugh Hefner of politics,” which became the title to TNR’s article. Her first book, The Hillary Effect, chronicles Hillary Clinton’s rise and first run for president.

Photo by Robert Evans (Copyright, All Rights Reserved)

Photo by Robert Evans(Copyright, All Rights Reserved)

grandtourMarsh went to Stephens College, in Columbia, Missouri, a liberal arts school, on a scholarship. Marsh graduated with a B.F.A., with her next goal Broadway. In 2005, Marsh wrote, produced and directed “Weeping for J.F.K.,” a one woman show staged in Los Angeles that traced the intersection of politics, John F. Kennedy and her life, from the 1960s to the present. A dream built on over two decades of performance experience, starting from when she was a kid and coming true when Jerry Herman cast her after her very first audition that landed her on Broadway in “The Grand Tour,” starring Joel Grey. Marsh did numerous national and regional commercials, beginning from the time she was a teen, and extending into her time in New York, then in Los Angeles, California, where she lived for almost two decades.

Marsh has written for The Hill, U.S. News & World Report, guest posted for Juan Cole, and been quoted in the UK Guardian and Al Jazeera English. An early contributor to Huffington Post, as well as other new media sites, and considered by many to be one of the “must-read” new-media sites.

“One of the great blogs.” – Steve Clemons – The Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor in chief of Atlantic LIVE, as well as publisher of The Washington Note, and director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation

Marsh has been interviewed by the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera English, among others, including radio from coast to coast. Marsh has been featured in the The Hill and “The Washington Scene”, Washington Journal’s Hotline’s On Call, the LA Times, and many other new media and traditional news venues.

“… offering clear-eyed analysis that is as smart as anything on CNN.”The New Republic

Selected Writings and Popular Reads


Obama: “I haven’t had a cigarette… because I’m scared of my wife,” September 24, 2013

Looking for Sydney Leathers, Will Weiner’s Sexploration Ever End?, June 24, 2013

Newsweek Gets it Wrong on Relationships, May, 2013

Erick Erickson: Female Breadwinners Bad for Kids & Marriage, May, 2013

For Zocalo Public Square: When My Butt Kicked Me

Op-ed column for The Hill, March 22, 2012

Joe Scarborough’s Weird DM Twitter Rant Invades My Weekend, February, 2012

Op-ed column for U.S. News & World Report, January 25, 2012

UK Guardian Interview

Huffington Post Archives. Dear Huffington Post, About that Headline

Obama’s Kumbaya, 2007