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

Liz Cheney understood the assignment

She never lost sight of a fact her party could not understand.

July 22, 2022

One month in, abortion bans are hell on Earth

Women across the country are in agony as doctors are afraid of easing their pain.

July 22, 2022

The 10-year-old pregnant girl exists. Why did people think she didn’t?

People seemed all too eager to dismiss a horrifying story that made a good case for why abortion can be merciful.

July 14, 2022

What Josh Hawley doesn’t get in the discussion about ‘pregnant people’

Conversations about pregnancy (and "pregnant people") should be factual — and caring.

July 13, 2022

What Aiden McCarthy’s GoFundMe can’t pay for

I can't stop refreshing Aiden McCarthy's GoFundMe page. It represents what sum we find reasonable to make up for the fact that a child no longer has parents.

July 7, 2022

Let’s talk about maternal gore

Antiabortion activists used visceral photographs to make their case. Abortion rights activists could take a cue.

June 29, 2022

The abortions we didn’t have

The right to choose abortion is important. Even when women don’t choose it.

June 25, 2022

Drag queens are not the ones sexualizing drag story hour

There is nothing inherently sexual about defying traditional gender norms.

June 23, 2022

Parents who fear transgender kids in youth sports have lost the plot

If you’re talking about pelvic exams for young athletes, you’ve forgotten everything worthwhile about young sports.

June 13, 2022

What will post-Roe America look like? Let’s look at pre-Roe America.

HBO’s documentary about a group of underground abortion providers recalls a time when women had few options.

June 8, 2022