Caitlin Flanagan (born 1961) is an American writer and social critic. She is a former staff writer for The New Yorker and a contributing editor and book reviewer at The Atlantic Monthly. Her book To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife was published by Little, Brown in April 2006 (ISBN 0-316-73687-2).
Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Flanagan holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Virginia. Flanagan is a breast cancer survivor. Before she found success as a writer, Flanagan was an English teacher and college counselor at the elite, private Harvard-Westlake school in North Hollywood, California.
Some of her essays underscore the emotional rewards and social value of a traditional housewife's role, and she herself works from home, albeit with the help of a nanny and a housekeeper. Consequently Joan Walsh of Salon has criticized her for misrepresenting her life choices, and then condemning other women for not choosing the more traditional lifestyle.
- Hulbert, Ann (2006-04-25). "Mother's Hypocritical Helper: Why Caitlin Flanagan drives her readers nuts". Slate.com. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
- "To hell with all that magazine writing". Salon.com. 2006-11-22. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
- "Feminist Law Professors » Blog Archive » Caitlin Flanagan on “Why the Democratic Party is losing the housewife vote”". Feministlawprofs.law.sc.edu. 2006-05-03. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
- "Confessions of a Prep School College Counselor". Theatlantic.com. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
- "A Recipe for Living". Cbc.ca. 2006-05-08. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
- "Raising Fatherless Boys". Theatlantic.com. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
- "Yes, Caitlin Flanagan, You Can Stay a Democrat!". Huffingtonpost.com. 2006-05-02. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
- Biography and Articles at The Atlantic Online
- Articles published in the New Yorker
- Interview by Jen Lawrence at LiteraryMama.com
- Flanagan on the Colbert Report
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