Caitlin Flanagan

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Caitlin Flanagan (born 1961) is an American writer and social critic.[1] A contributor to The Atlantic since February 2001,[2][3] she was a staff writer[citation needed] for The New Yorker in 2004 and 2005,[4] contributing five articles, including To Hell with All That.[5]

She is the author of To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife (2006) and Girl Land (2012).

Early life[edit]

Flanagan was born and raised in Berkeley, California.[1] Her father is the writer Thomas Flanagan.[1]

Caitlin Flanagan holds a B.A. and an M.A. (1989) in Art History from the University of Virginia.[6]


Before becoming a writer, Flanagan was an English teacher and college counselor at the Harvard-Westlake school in North Hollywood, California.[7] Some of her essays underscore the emotional rewards and social value of a housewife's role. Consequently, she has been criticized, for instance by Joan Walsh, for misrepresenting her life choices and then condemning other women for not choosing a lifestyle Flanagan herself did not choose either.[8]

Flanagan has appeared as a guest on The Colbert Report[8] and Real Time with Bill Maher.

Flanagan's book To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife was published by Little, Brown in 2006.[9][1] The book was developed from a New Yorker essay by the same title, as well as other magazine pieces by Flanagan and new writing.[1] In 2012 she published a book about teenage girls, Girl Land.[10][11][12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Flanagan lives in Los Angeles. She has twin sons.[1]


  • To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife (Little, Brown, 2006)
  • Girl Land (Hachette, 2012)
  • "A heroine for our time : the pulp-fiction superspy Modesty Blaise is a woman who is always in control". The Culture File. The Omnivore. The Atlantic. 321 (2): 32, 34. Mar 2018.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Hulbert, Ann (2006-04-25). "Mother's Hypocritical Helper: Why Caitlin Flanagan drives her readers nuts". Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  2. ^ Flanagan, Caitlin. "Caitlin Flanagan". The Atlantic. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  3. ^ "To hell with all that magazine writing". 2006-11-22. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
  4. ^ "Caitlin Flanagan". The New Yorker. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  5. ^ Flanagan, Caitlin (28 June 2004). "To Hell With All That". Retrieved 29 April 2018 – via
  6. ^ "alumni news [graduate art history]" (PDF). News University of Virginia McIntire Department of Art Carl H. and Martha S. Lindner Center for Art History. Fall 2005. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  7. ^ Flanagan, Caitlin (September 2001). "Confessions of a Prep School College Counselor". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  8. ^ a b Walsh, Joan (2006-05-02). "Yes, Caitlin Flanagan, You Can Stay a Democrat!". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  9. ^ Paul, Pamela (2006-04-16). "Mother Superior". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  10. ^ Gregory, Alice (January 9, 2012). "'Girl Land' by Caitlin Flanagan". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  11. ^ O'Rourke, Meghan (January 22, 2012). "Never-Never Land". New York. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  12. ^ Day, Elizabeth (2012-02-03). "Girl Land by Caitlin Flanagan – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  13. ^ Keller, Emma Gilbey (2012). "Girl Land - By Caitlin Flanagan - Book Review". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  14. ^ Online version is titled "The comic-strip heroine I'll never forget".

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