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

  • 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...

  • The real-life Bill Cosby show: Follow the sanctimony

    The real-life Bill Cosby show: Follow the sanctimony

    The phrase “follow the money” was popularized in the Watergate docudrama “All the President's Men.”“I'll keep you in the right direction if I can, but that's all. Just … follow the money,” Deep Throat supposedly told reporter Bob Woodward in the shadows of that parking garage.Though there's no...

  • Is a war among women diverting attention from the war against women?

    Is a war among women diverting attention from the war against women?

    Have you heard? The Republican war on women is over! Well, the "Republican war on women" is over. The trope, if not the actual phenomenon, has joined the ranks of retired political euphemisms. At least according to Republicans. The GOP victories in the midterm elections have been attributed to...

  • The other thing the catcalling video shows: Our detachment issues

    The other thing the catcalling video shows: Our detachment issues

    If for some unfathomable reason you're not among the more than 30 million people who've already seen the “catcalling video” that started ricocheting through the zeitgeist last week, I'll give you a brief rundown.An actress named Shoshana Roberts, unremarkably dressed, is videotaped with a hidden...

  • The egg-freezing benefit -- family friendly, or corporate control?

    Here are three things you can always count on: death, taxes and that anything related to motherhood or women's reproductive choices will stir up enough cultural debate to make everyone forget about death and taxes for a news cycle or two. ------------FOR THE RECORD: Meghan Daum's column on Oct....

  • Using 'privilege' as a weapon

    Of all the inaccurate and not-so-nice things people have said about me on the Internet over the years, the one that bothered me most didn't involve being called a whore or a hack or, in one case, an ugly hobbit. It was the one that said something to the effect of “Meghan comes from a very wealthy...

  • Brittany Maynard's date with death

    Brittany Maynard's date with death

    On Nov. 1, a 29-year-old woman named Brittany Maynard plans to end her own life. Diagnosed this year with stage four brain cancer, doctors told her that she would die — quite possibly with a great deal of pain and loss of body and cognitive function — within six months. After careful thought and...

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