Caitlin Flanagan

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Caitlin Flanagan (born 1961) is an American writer and social critic.[1] A former staff writer at The New Yorker, she is a contributor to The Atlantic.[2] Her book To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife was published by Little, Brown in 2006.

Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Flanagan holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Virginia. Before becoming a writer, Flanagan was an English teacher and college counselor at the Harvard-Westlake school in North Hollywood, California.[3]

Flanagan works from home and employs a nanny and a housekeeper.[4][5] Some of her essays underscore the emotional rewards and social value of a traditional housewife's role. 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.[6]

She has appeared as a guest on The Colbert Report and Real Time with Bill Maher. In 2012 she published a book about teenage girls, Girl Land.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Flanagan is a breast cancer survivor.[8]


  1. ^ Hulbert, Ann (2006-04-25). "Mother's Hypocritical Helper: Why Caitlin Flanagan drives her readers nuts". Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  2. ^ "To hell with all that magazine writing". 2006-11-22. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  3. ^ "Confessions of a Prep School College Counselor". Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  4. ^ "A Recipe for Living". 2006-05-08. Archived from the original on July 4, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  5. ^ "Raising Fatherless Boys". Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  6. ^ "Yes, Caitlin Flanagan, You Can Stay a Democrat!". 2006-05-02. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  7. ^ "Girl Land by Caitlin Flanagan". Hachette Book Group. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  8. ^ "Feminist Law Professors » Blog Archive » Caitlin Flanagan on "Why the Democratic Party is losing the housewife vote"". 2006-05-03. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 

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