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 writes 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 was subject to vicious harassment by anonymous persons on the internet, insulting her to the point where it was physically making her ill. Furthermore, her current boyfriend was also subject to attacks on the internet, including attempts to smear his name online through the use of negative results on Google. For the next five years, she continued blogging in spite of the attacks, until retiring in April 2013.
Since gaining notoriety for her blogging, she has contributed to a variety of online and print publications, including The Boston Globe Magazine, Hustler Magazine, Lola Magazine, CollegeHumor, The Frisky, and Beauty Launchpad.
- 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.
- Lena Chen, 2007, Meet the Roommates, Boston Globe. Retrieved September 3, 2009.