Los Angeles Times

Meghan Daum

Columnist

Meghan Daum was born in California and grew up primarily on the East Coast. She is the author of four books, most recently a collection of original essays, “The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion.” Her other books include the cult favorite essay collection “My Misspent Youth,” as well as a novel and a memoir. She is also the editor of “Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids,” which will be published in the spring of 2015. Daum has written for numerous magazines, including the New Yorker, Harper’s and Vogue, and contributed to the public radio programs “Morning Edition,” “Marketplace” and “This American Life.” Her column has run on the Op-Ed page since 2005. Learn more about her at meghandaum.com.

Recent Articles

  • Why the weasel word 'problematic' should be banned

    Why the weasel word 'problematic' should be banned

    For the last few years, reasonable people of various ideological leanings have been lamenting the scourge that is the word “problematic.” Cropping up particularly in online discussions about social justice and unacknowledged privilege, “problematic” is sort of like “utilize” for the Smuggy McSanctipants...

  • Will Hillary Clinton throw down and name Elizabeth Warren as her running mate?

    Will Hillary Clinton throw down and name Elizabeth Warren as her running mate?

    A year or so ago, I sat across a dinner table from an optimistic young woman (in her 30s, a millennial) and sternly explained to her why Hillary Clinton, were she to become the Democratic presidential nominee, would never pick Elizabeth Warren for a running mate. I deployed several reasons from my...

  • My white privilege meets Sonia Sotomayor's scathing attack on police power

    My white privilege meets Sonia Sotomayor's scathing attack on police power

    In what’s being touted as a turning point in the way the Supreme Court considers the factor of race in the criminal justice system, Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday delivered a scathing dissent in Utah vs. Strieff, a 4th Amendment case about police searches. The court ruled in a 5-3 decision that...

  • The dangerous irony of rape accusation culture

    The dangerous irony of rape accusation culture

    By now, there’s no way you’ve missed the story of Brock Turner, a 20-year-old Stanford swimmer and former Olympic hopeful who in January 2015 was discovered (and chased down) by fellow students as he assaulted an unconscious, partially clothed woman behind a dumpster after a fraternity party. In...

  • Why the right hides from its own good luck

    Why the right hides from its own good luck

    Is there anyone more obnoxious than the person who, in the face of gushing admiration over her professional achievements, her perfect family, her lavishly appointed home, responds demurely, “We’ve been very fortunate”? Yes, there is. It’s the person who denies his luck and good fortune, who attributes...

  • Madeleine Albright a war criminal? Scripps College's baffling crusade for simple thinking

    Madeleine Albright a war criminal? Scripps College's baffling crusade for simple thinking

    Ah May, when flowers are blooming, allergens are wafting and aggrieved college students are mewling about commencement speakers whose politics don't sufficiently hew to the ultra-liberal standards set by the campuses' most outspoken activists. This year some of the loudest cries are coming from...

  • #FreeToBleed? No thanks. Sometimes, discretion is the better part of activism

    #FreeToBleed? No thanks. Sometimes, discretion is the better part of activism

    Call me a rebel, but I don't think menstruation needs a public relations initiative or a political movement. I don't think women are oppressed or even repressed if they don't want to broadcast the inner workings of their reproductive systems. I don't think it's tantamount to “body shame” if you...

  • If you're shocked by Donald Trump, it's probably time to take the bubble quiz

    If you're shocked by Donald Trump, it's probably time to take the bubble quiz

    During the last year, have you purchased domestic, mass-market beer to stock your own fridge? Have you patronized Applebee’s or Chili’s? During the 2014-2015 television season, did you regularly watch “Scandal,” “The Voice,” or “How To Get Away With Murder”? The answers to these questions may help...

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