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

  • Donald Trump takes mansplaining to an even lower level — dumbsplaining

    Donald Trump takes mansplaining to an even lower level — dumbsplaining

    Was misogyny a salient feature of Donald Trump’s debate performance Monday night? Given how fashionable it’s become, at least in certain circles, to see misogyny in just about any less-than-totally-kosher encounter between a man and a woman, it’s not surprising that some have seized upon the myriad...

  • Could a Clinton presidency unleash a post-gender society? Not a chance.

    Could a Clinton presidency unleash a post-gender society? Not a chance.

    It sounds laughable now, but remember back when we thought a black president portended a “post-racial society”? When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, you didn’t have to put that phrase in quotes. It seemed like an entirely plausible concept. Now that Hillary Clinton stands to make history as the...

  • When it comes to campus groupthink, trigger warnings aren't the half of it

    When it comes to campus groupthink, trigger warnings aren't the half of it

    To people like me — that is, proponents of free expression exasperated by the ideological bullying we see in collegiate life today — trigger warnings are catnip. The absurdity of it all, we cry! The spinelessness of faculty and administrators! The shameless pandering to the gossamer sensibilities...

  • Why Hillary Clinton and Simone Biles have more in common than you think

    Why Hillary Clinton and Simone Biles have more in common than you think

    It’s the final day of women's gymnastics at the Rio Olympics, which means that tomorrow we’ll return to our regularly scheduled schlep through the forces of gravity. The stellar U.S. team, dubbed the Final  Five, is led by 19-year-old Simone Biles, who’s won three gold medals and one bronze medal,...

  • Why Trump can't tell the difference between a Twitter war and a presidential campaign

    Why Trump can't tell the difference between a Twitter war and a presidential campaign

    It is a truth universally (if often silently) acknowledged that if you want more Twitter followers you should get into Twitter feuds. This holds especially true for mid- or low-level celebrities, many of whom know that if their follower numbers are falling off, if they’re no longer trending, all...

  • 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...

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