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 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...

  • 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...

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