How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Story About Frat Life

Atlantic contributor Caitlin Flanagan has a long history of turning out short-sighted treatises on hookup culture and the sexualization of young woman and blah blah blah. But her latest piece for the magazine, a 14,000 word behemoth, manages to take on a different culture – frat culture – while insulting and ignoring… » 2/20/14 2:50pm 2/20/14 2:50pm

Professional Pearl-Clutcher Worried That Internet Will Turn Girls Into…

What happens when you take one delusional nostalgia-peddler in a twinset, one accomplished young female journalist, and one public radio host, mix in a few splashes of princess culture, a liberal application of slut-shaming, a twist of incoherence, and a backhanded, condescending ad hominem attack? You get a matronly… » 1/19/12 12:40pm 1/19/12 12:40pm

The Atlantic Weeps For The Sad, Slutty Drunk Girls

Did someone try to talk about young women's sexual politics without getting Caitlin Flanagan on board to showily weep for their bruised morality? Worry not, here she is concern-trolling Karen Owen — and distorting my interview with her. » 1/10/11 1:00pm 1/10/11 1:00pm

Lessons Of A Fantasy Sex League: It's Time To Worry About The Boys

Boys at the prestigious Landon school apparently organized a fantasy sex league with points for hooking up with different girls. When boys are acting this way, why are we so focused on girls' attitudes? » 6/10/10 10:00am 6/10/10 10:00am

Hookups, Sex Ed, And Sparklevamps: Freaking Out About Teens

Caitlin Flanagan claims adult indifference to hookup culture has driven sad, boyfriendless teens into the arms of sparkly vampires. Amid the weirdness, however, is one good point: teen girls do need a different kind of sex ed. » 5/12/10 4:20pm 5/12/10 4:20pm

Sex & The Single Homewrecker: Caitlin Flanagan Slams Rielle Hunter,…

Caitlin Flanagan is back, defending marriage against all those who would destroy it. The villains this time: John Edwards's "minx" Rielle Hunter, and onetime Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown. » 8/12/09 1:20pm 8/12/09 1:20pm

Too Tired For Sex? Why "Just Do It" Is Not The Answer

A recent study claims that 80% of Brits would rather get extra sleep than have sex, and the Daily Mail's Jackie Clune wonders if we should just wake our tired asses up and "Do It." » 5/28/09 6:20pm 5/28/09 6:20pm

Professional Underminer Praises Michelle Obama's "Bad" Taste

In this week's New York Magazine, Caitlin Flanagan joins the British press in criticizing Michelle Obama's "hostessing" abilities — but she does it with all the undermining passive-aggression of a world-class frenemy. » 3/16/09 12:00pm 3/16/09 12:00pm

Aussie Writer Tells Wives To Put Out

"Whatever happened to wifely duty?" asks Bettina Arndt in The Canberra Times. Modern wives should put out for the good of their marriages, she says, even when they don't want to. » 3/03/09 4:20pm 3/03/09 4:20pm

What Do Girls Want? Chastity By Twilight

As is her wont, the Atlantic » 11/25/08 2:40pm 11/25/08 2:40pm's lightning rod cultural critic has weighed in on womenfolk: in this case, the teen vampire phenomenon that's sold millions of books and, according to the Associated Press, is redefining the . In an expansive essay on girlhood, innocence, imperiled innocence, sexuality, her dislike of YA…

"Smushmortion" Cinema? Caitlin Flanagan, Susie Bright Weigh In

Ever since Jamie Lynn Spears announced she was with child, teen pregnancy has been a hot button editorial topic, especially in the wake of the success of accidental-mom rom-coms Juno and Knocked Up. So it was only a matter of time until Caitlin Flanagan, the former New Yorker scribe who fancies herself an authority on… » 1/14/08 2:00pm 1/14/08 2:00pm