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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

  • Will smart-looking glasses do the trick for Rick Perry?

    Will smart-looking glasses do the trick for Rick Perry?

    There's a moment in season eight of the HBO comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm" when the character Larry David (played in duly neurotic and cantankerous fashion by the real Larry David) discovers the transformative power of eyeglasses. When his friend Leon, an African American with a penchant for baggy...

  • 'Jezebel Effect' poisons conversations on gender and sexual violence

    'Jezebel Effect' poisons conversations on gender and sexual violence

    In the world of opinion writing, there’s something called the “to be sure” paragraph. A sort of rhetorical antibiotic, it seeks to defend against critics by injecting a tiny bit of counter-argument before moving on with the main point. “To be sure, meat has protein and tastes delicious, but most...

  • Time for young feminists to look beyond the mattress and campus rape

    Time for young feminists to look beyond the mattress and campus rape

    It's a striking juxtaposition, to say the least. In the news this week we've seen photos of hundreds of girls and young women, many of them pregnant, recently rescued from captivity and sexual slavery at the hands of Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group in Nigeria. We've also seen photos of...

  • The hung jury in the Etan Patz case was right

    The hung jury in the Etan Patz case was right

    A judge in New York City declared a mistrial Friday in the case of Pedro Hernandez, a disabled factory worker charged in one of the most famous child abductions in modern memory: the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz more than 30 years ago. The jury was deadlocked, 11 to 1. The holdout, 42-year-old...

  • Has millennials' self-esteem become self-righteousness?

    "Let's engage in some radical, beautiful community care and love. Let's make space for everyone to engage at whatever level they want/need." So went an open letter in the Oberlin College student newspaper protesting an upcoming lecture by writer and scholar Christina Hoff Sommers. Titled “In Response...

  • Hillary Clinton's no-knife, no-Botox run for the White House

    Hillary Clinton's no-knife, no-Botox run for the White House

    I admit it. I was one of those people (mostly women, I suspect) who, back when Hillary Rodham Clinton left the State Department to "catch up on 20 years of sleep deprivation," figured that some of that catching up would also involve some measure of cosmetic freshening up. Though she was still being...

  • Hillary Clinton and us - a portrait of an abusive relationship

    Hillary Clinton and us - a portrait of an abusive relationship

    Like a suitcase on the world's longest luggage carousel, Hillary Rodham Clinton's all-but-assured presidential candidacy is now drifting back toward us, begging to be claimed whether or not we still want — or even remember — what is packed inside. Oh, right. Dirty laundry. Some of it dating back...

  • How grievance culture undercuts the fight against rape culture

    How grievance culture undercuts the fight against rape culture

    If you've been following the national conversation about campus sexual assault, you need to see the new documentary "The Hunting Ground." You need to see it not because the prognoscenti — my portmanteau word for left-leaning members of the chattering classes — haven't been this fired up about a...

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