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 Westminster Dog Show's bark doesn't deserve PETA's bite at Meet the Breed day

    The Westminster Dog Show's bark doesn't deserve PETA's bite at Meet the Breed day

    There are three things for sure in this world: death, taxes and that the sometimes-radical animal rights organization PETA will protest the Westminster Kennel Club (or just about any) Dog Show.For the last several years, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has disrupted Westminster, the...

  • 'Fifty Shades of Grey's' allure: sex or money?

    'Fifty Shades of Grey's' allure: sex or money?

    Dreading the emotional roller coaster of Valentine's Day on Saturday? Dread some more, because Friday is rolling out an even bigger mind game. "Fifty Shades of Grey," the film version of one of the bestselling and (by enough accounts to make it unequivocally true) one of the worst-written books...

  • Remember political correctness? It's back, frothing at the mouth and at hurricane force

    I have a distinct memory, dating back to 1989 or so, of sitting around with my college dorm mates talking about a new term that was popping up everywhere: "political correctness." Although the designation had been floating around radical circles of academia for a decade, it was just then entering...

  • Does Mike Huckabee want to be president or Beyonce's bassist?

    Does Mike Huckabee want to be president or Beyonce's bassist?

    I've always had a soft spot for Mike Huckabee. Ever since he devoted a segment of his Fox News show to performing alongside his pal Ted Nugent in a rendition of “Cat Scratch Fever” — a song that euphemistically employs a synonym for cat that can't be printed (in that context) in this newspaper...

  • Why blaming Leelah Alcorn's parents only compounds the bigotry

    It's a tale of two completely different worlds. In one, the television series “Transparent,” about a middle-aged father who transitions from male to female, won two Golden Globes on Sunday night and marked a watershed moment for the transgender community.A few weeks earlier, in another world, a...

  • Why blaming Leelah Alcorn's parents only compounds the bigotry

    It's a tale of two completely different worlds. In one, the television series “Transparent,” about a middle-aged father who transitions from male to female, won two Golden Globes on Sunday night and marked a watershed moment for the transgender community.A few weeks earlier, in another world, a...

  • Mansplaining? Windbags come in both genders

    Mansplaining? Windbags come in both genders

    Last year was a big one for criticizing men. Sometimes it was constructive if contentious, like the scrutiny applied to policing or various forms of sexual and domestic violence. Other times, however, it was more gimmick than anything else. Take the "mansplaining" meme. The portmanteau of "man"...

  • Hollywood's idealized view of CIA officers is no substitute for reality

    Hollywood's idealized view of CIA officers is no substitute for reality

    Among the many compelling aspects of “Zero Dark Thirty,” the 2013 film about the capture of Osama bin Laden, was the notion (much touted by the film's creators) that its characters were based on real people. This included the heroine, a brilliant and tenacious red-haired CIA analyst named Maya,...

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