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

  • The GOP's misogyny problem is bigger than Trump

    The GOP's misogyny problem is bigger than Trump

    There's something almost sweet about the way Democrats and establishment Republicans are coming together over their shared disgust with Donald Trump. Unable to find common ground on even the most basic issues (for instance, the constitutionality of nominating a Supreme Court justice during an election...

  • Will evangelicals take Trump on faith?

    Will evangelicals take Trump on faith?

    Is Donald Trump a Christian? Evangelicals across the Bible Belt, whose votes he's been winning by increasing margins, seem to think so. Pope Francis finds some of Trump's views on migrants less than Jesus-like. But Jerry Falwell Jr., president of the Christian mega-college Liberty University, son...

  • The 'stand by your man' feminism of Hillary Clinton

    The 'stand by your man' feminism of Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton fared well on Super Tuesday, winning seven of 11 primaries thanks in large part to minority voters in delegate-heavy Southern states such as Texas and Virginia. But the perception that she is less of a genuine liberal, or even a credible feminist, than her rival Bernie Sanders continues...

  • Scalia and Ginsburg: The end of a beautiful friendship

    Scalia and Ginsburg: The end of a beautiful friendship

    As liberals try to keep from smacking their lips too loudly about the implications of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and GOP leaders entertain questionable ideas about blocking the president's nominee to replace him, there's one followup story everyone seems to be able to get...

  • Curvy or no, Barbie is still a mean girl

    Curvy or no, Barbie is still a mean girl

    Never mind the prospect of a woman in the White House. Last week saw what some are calling the most important feminist development of our time: Mattel's release of “Curvy Barbie,” a doll whose wider hips and sturdier thighs are being held up as an antidote to the anatomically impossible proportions...

  • Yes, millennials, Hillary Clinton is a feminist

    Yes, millennials, Hillary Clinton is a feminist

    It doesn't take a lot to make me feel old these days, and when I hear millennials attack Hillary Clinton for not being feminist enough, I can practically feel my bone density diminishing. I understand that today's feminism — sometimes called “fourth wave” feminism — has different contours and concerns...

  • Are we making too much of 'Making a Murderer'?

    Are we making too much of 'Making a Murderer'?

    If you haven't fallen down the rabbit hole of “Making a Murderer,” the 10-part, true-crime Netflix binge-athon that has spawned petitions for a retrial or presidential pardons as well as endless dinner party chatter, allow me to give you a gentle shove. In 1986, a Wisconsin man named Steven Avery...

  • 2015: The most hyperbolic year ever

    2015: The most hyperbolic year ever

    It's the end of the year, when newspaper columnists are supposed to fill in the blank — “2015 was the year of _______ ” — and decide whether the phenomenon in question falls into the category of “good thing” or “good riddance.” This year, however, so much of what happened has been framed as larger-than-life,...

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