Caitlin Flanagan

Caitlin Flanagan is the author of Girl Land (2012) and To Hell With All That (2006). 

The Dark Power of Fraternities

A yearlong investigation of Greek houses reveals their endemic, lurid, and sometimes tragic problems—and a sophisticated system for shifting the blame.

A Dad, a Cad

JFK was a loving family man who doted on his children—and a philanderer who seduced an intern in his wife's bed.

Inventing Marilyn

Anyone who thinks the story of Marilyn Monroe doesn't warrant such attention doesn't know much about it.

The Glory of Oprah

Why the “talkinest child” understands women and the power of television better than anyone else

The Madness of Cesar Chavez

A new biography of the icon shows that saints should be judged guilty until proved innocent.

The Ivy Delusion

The real reason the good mothers are so rattled by Amy Chua

The Hazards of Duke

A now infamous PowerPoint presentation exposes a lot about men, women, sex, and alcohol—and about how universities are letting their female students down.

Love, Actually

How girls reluctantly endure the hookup culture

Cultivating Failure

How school gardens are cheating our most vulnerable students

Sex and the Married Man

How Helen Gurley Brown inspired a generation of home-wreckers, and brought down John Edwards

What Girls Want

A series of vampire novels illuminates the complexities of female adolescent desire.

Girl, Interrupted

How Patty Hearst’s kidnapping reflected and ravaged American culture in the 1970s

Babes in the Woods

Anybody could be tracking your children online. Even me.