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

What in the name of Trump was the Herschel Walker campaign?

The former president’s man in Georgia was political nonsense personified. And he didn’t lose by much.

December 7, 2022

The #MeToo movies have finally arrived. Only one captures the truth.

"She Said," "Tár" and "Women Talking" exemplify the challenges of dramatizing a moment and a movement we’re still living through.

December 5, 2022

I don’t think ‘hardcore’ means what Elon Musk thinks it does

Working until all hours — presumably at the expense of sleep, friends and family — is a retrograde way to think about employees and their value.

November 21, 2022

There was nothing soft about Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi, the first female speaker of the House, had to play by different rules. She mastered the game anyway.

November 18, 2022

It was a wave election. The wave was women defending abortion rights.

In Michigan and Kentucky and California and Montana and Vermont, voters showed up to fight against right-wing threats to reproductive autonomy.

November 9, 2022

Elon Musk’s Twitter is a safe space for bros who think they’re funny

Elon Musk may think he’s preserving comedy, but he’s just ensuring the lowest kind has one more place to flourish. Let that sink in.

November 7, 2022

Never underestimate how much people hate Nancy Pelosi

If you’re surprised by the attack on Pelosi’s husband, or the right-wing smirking about it, you haven’t been paying attention.

November 1, 2022

What Dr. Oz really said about abortion

He wasn’t saying a politician should join you on your doctor’s visit. He was saying politicians should be able to limit your care without meeting you at all.

October 26, 2022

This is your regular reminder that abortion access is an economic issue

Remember reproductive rights and pocketbook politics are the same thing to politicians.

October 20, 2022

I am a former cannibalism scholar, and I finally watched ‘Dahmer’

Studying how cannibal stories are told helped me understand why the Netflix show is both disgusting and popular.

October 18, 2022