August 13, 1987 |
|Alma mater||Harvard College|
|Notable works||Sex and the Ivy|
Lena Chen is a feminist, freelance writer, former blogger, and graduate of Harvard College, where she co-organized the Feminist Coming Out Day campaign in 2010. Born in San Francisco, California and raised in Los Angeles, Lena studied sociology and minored in Studies of Women, Gender, & Sexuality. Best known for her work on the blog Sex and the Ivy, she also wrote the blog The Chicktionary and was the founding editor of CollegeOTR, a news and entertainment blog network.
In August 2006, she started penning the blog Sex and the Ivy. Her first-person accounts of sexual experiences, depression, and undergraduate life at one of America's premier academic institutions spurred campus discussion, prompted media attention, and garnered a following. Quickly becoming a controversial figure, she has been criticized by some as morally reprehensible and praised by others for encouraging frank sexual dialogue.
Following the publication of revenge porn by an ex-boyfriend in 2009, Chen and her partner were subject to online harassment. For the next five years, she continued blogging in spite of the attacks, until retiring in April 2013.
- Magda Knight (September 28, 2011), Lena Chen Ch!ctionary Feminist, Mookychick. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
- Jennie Yabroff (February 25, 2008), Campus Sexperts, Newsweek.
- Susannah Breslin (May 30, 2008), Those dirty girls, Salon.com. Retrieved September 3, 2009.
- Lucy Caldwell, (February 7, 2007), Dirty Secrets, The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved September 3, 2009.
- Randall Patterson (March 30, 2008), Students of Virginity, The New York Times. Retrieved September 3, 2009.
- Gordon, Claire (December 12, 2013). "Sex, lies and the Internet: The tale of Lena Chen". Al Jazeera America. Retrieved December 14, 2013.