Lena Chen

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Lena Chen
Born (1987-08-13) August 13, 1987 (age 29)
San Francisco
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
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.[1] 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.[2][3] Quickly becoming a controversial figure, she has been criticized by some as morally reprehensible[4] and praised by others for encouraging frank sexual dialogue.[5]

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.[6]


  1. ^ Magda Knight (September 28, 2011), Lena Chen Ch!ctionary Feminist, Mookychick. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Jennie Yabroff (February 25, 2008), Campus Sexperts, Newsweek.
  3. ^ Susannah Breslin (May 30, 2008), Those dirty girls, Salon.com. Retrieved September 3, 2009.
  4. ^ Lucy Caldwell, (February 7, 2007), Dirty Secrets, The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved September 3, 2009.
  5. ^ Randall Patterson (March 30, 2008), Students of Virginity, The New York Times. Retrieved September 3, 2009.
  6. ^ Gordon, Claire (December 12, 2013). "Sex, lies and the Internet: The tale of Lena Chen". Al Jazeera America. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 

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