Monica Hesse

Washington, D.C.

Style reporter

Education: Bryn Mawr College, B.A. in English; Johns Hopkins University, M.A. in Nonfiction writing

Monica Hesse is a columnist for The Washington Post's Style section, who frequently writes about gender and its impact on society. She's the author of several novels, most recently, "They Went Left."
Latest from Monica Hesse

Herd immunity is love

Hand-me-down maternity clothes and a pandemic pregnancy helped me understand what it means to make others feel safe.

June 17, 2021

The unreasonable expectations of American motherhood

America’s birthrate is down. This should surprise no one.

June 15, 2021

At news conferences, male athletes get to be athletes. Female athletes like Naomi Osaka get pestered.

Considering the creepy questions routinely lobbed at women, is it any wonder Osaka took a hard pass?

June 1, 2021

Why does ‘pro-life’ mean disregarding the actual lives of pregnant people?

It should matter whether a pregnant person values the life they are already living.

May 26, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s vapid gender politics

Greene can harass Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez without being called sexist. It’s a Republican dream.

May 15, 2021

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ used to feel provocative. Now it’s just exhausting.

The TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopia has been exceeded by more nuanced shows about sexual violence and its effects.

April 29, 2021

Philip Roth and the sympathetic biographer: This is how misogyny gets cemented in our culture

Roth’s issues with women are well-documented. One of the prime documenters has been accused of rape.

April 23, 2021

Prince Philip, original Wife Guy

The queen’s husband might have been a problematic old codger, but he never let us forget who was in charge.

April 9, 2021

The GOP’s anti-trans bills are ignorance in action

This is what happens when lawmakers try to address something they refuse to understand.

April 9, 2021