Latest from Monica Hesse

‘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.
  • Apr 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.
  • Apr 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.
  • 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
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