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 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,...

  • Is there anything more depressing than a holiday e-card?

    Is there anything more depressing than a holiday e-card?

    Remember when holiday e-cards were all the rage? In today’s installment of “op-eds from Christmas past,” we revisit Meghan Daum’s 2009 column, “The real message of e-cards.” OK, people, what is it with the electronic greeting cards this holiday? Why are you sending me jpegs of the Himalayas accompanied...

  • Now more than ever, the issue of campus rape requires critical thinking

    Now more than ever, the issue of campus rape requires critical thinking

    Remember in 1986, when Newsweek supposedly showed that a 40-year-old single woman was “more likely to be killed by a terrorist” than to ever get married? It turned out to be false, the remark of a Newsweek correspondent, who'd meant it merely as a funny aside. And the studies on which it was presumably...

  • Call me maybe, or better yet text

    Call me maybe, or better yet text

    In the second season of the BBC soap-drama “Downton Abbey,” telephone service arrives at the house. The year is 1914, and not everyone is enthusiastic about the new technology. Struggling to conduct a conversation, an addled dowager countess finally gives up, turns to her granddaughter and asks,...

  • The University of Virginia rape Rorschach test

    The University of Virginia rape Rorschach test

    Are you a “UVA truther”? In other words, are you an abhorrent, woman-hating, “pro-rape Republican”?Or are you a “feminazi” guided by “rape crisis fantasy” and driven by emotions over logic?Those are among the epithets being hurled in the court of public opinion over the explosive allegations of...

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