Latest from Monica Hesse

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.
  • Apr 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.
  • Apr 9, 2021

A question at the heart of the Derek Chauvin trial: Whose fear matters?

The defense seems to be trying to portray George Floyd and the witnesses who yelled at police to get off him before he died as the scary ones.
  • Apr 2, 2021

Beverly Cleary taught girls to make a brave demand: Love me for how I am

Ramona Quimby, Cleary’s six-year-old heroine, was no fairy-tale princess. And that was a revelation.
  • Mar 27, 2021

Things I do not ever need to hear or read about a shooter again

Don’t tell me that he “snapped.” Or that his family is shocked. Stop finding ways to humanize him. It’s time to talk about the culture that made him.
  • Mar 19, 2021

‘It’s race, class and gender together’: Why the Atlanta killings aren’t just about one thing

In pushing a singular narrative in Tuesday’s shootings, we deny Asian women their full personhood.
  • Mar 18, 2021

The ‘commander in grief’ steps up to the microphone

We’d been told that Joe Biden’s superpower is empathy. Now we’re seeing what it looks like when he uses it.
  • Mar 12, 2021

Meghan Markle and Her Majesty’s Human Resources Department

In a relatable detail from her interview with Oprah, Duchess Meghan says she complained to HR — and that it didn’t help.
  • Mar 8, 2021

Andrew Cuomo and the old ‘I was just being playful’ excuse

If asking whether your 20-something aide has ever been with an older man is just a joke, then what’s the punchline?
  • Mar 2, 2021

Rand Paul’s ignorant questioning of Rachel Levine showed why we need her in government

Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of health would be the first transgender official to be confirmed by the Senate.
  • Feb 26, 2021