Lindy West

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Lindy West
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Lindy West
Born March 9, 1982
Seattle, Washington, United States
Residence Seattle, Washington
Education Occidental College
Occupation Writer, newspaper editor
Spouse(s) Ahamefule J. Oluo (m. 2015)
Parent(s) Paul West
Ingrid West[1]

Lindy West is an American writer, feminist, fat acceptance movement activist, and film criticism editor.[2][3][4] West won the 2013 Women's Media Center Social Media Award[5] and was nominated for and won The Stranger's Genius Award for books in 2016.[6]


In 2009, West began working as the film editor for Seattle's alternative weekly newspaper, The Stranger.[2] In 2011, she moved to Los Angeles, but continued to write for The Stranger until September 2012.[2][7][8]

She was a staff writer for Jezebel[9][10] where she wrote on racism, sexism, and fat shaming.[3][11] West's work has been published in The Daily Telegraph,[12] GQ,[13] the New York Daily News,[14],[15] Deadspin,,[16] MSNBC[17] and The Guardian.[2][18] In 2013 West won the Social Media Award from the Women's Media Center, presented by Jane Fonda in New York City.[5]

On September 19, 2015, West co-founded Shout Your Abortion, a social media campaign on Twitter where women share their abortion experiences online without "sadness, shame or regret" for the purpose of "destigmatization, normalization, and putting an end to shame". The social media campaign was initiated in response to efforts by the United States House of Representatives to defund Planned Parenthood following the Planned Parenthood 2015 undercover videos controversy.[19][20][21][22][23][24]

Personal life[edit]

Originally from Seattle, Washington, West is the daughter of Ingrid, who is a nurse, and Paul West, who was a musician.[1] She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.[2][25]

On July 11, 2015, West married musician and writer Ahamefule J. Oluo.[26][27]



  1. ^ a b de Barros, Paul (December 14, 2011). "Entertaining musician, ad man Paul West dies". The Seattle Times. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Author Archive: Lindy West." The Stranger. Accessed on January 21, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Brodeur, Nicole (July 7, 2013), "Lindy West: Finding 'Invisible Hypocrisies'", The Seattle Times 
  4. ^ "Masthead", The Stranger, archived from the original on November 1, 2011 
  5. ^ a b Lindy West Wins Women's Media Center Social Media Award, Women's Media Center, October 8, 2013 
  6. ^ "The 2016 Stranger Genius Awards", The Stranger, Seattle, p. 17, September 14, 2016 
  7. ^ "Lindy West Announces Move to LA, Seattle Cries." Seattlest. August 30, 2011. Accessed on January 21, 2012.
  8. ^ West, Lindy. "So Long, Suckers!!! I Never Liked You!" The Stranger. September 13, 2011. Accessed on January 21, 2012.
  9. ^ Waldman, Katy (August 3, 2012). "Stop Calling Yourself A Feminist". Slate. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Whoa, The Reaction To That Column Was Crazy" RedEye Chicago. Accessed on August 20, 2012.
  11. ^ Davis, Brangien (January 2014), "Seattle's Lindy West Brings Women's Issues to Light Online; Writer, performer and activist Lindy West keeps her wit about her", Seattle Magazine 
  12. ^ "Lindy West". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Contributors: Lindy West". GQ. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  14. ^ West, Lindy. "Anatomy of a racist: Our awkward relationship with Mel Gibson." NY Daily News. July 19, 2010. Accessed on January 21, 2012.
  15. ^ West, Lindy (February 2, 2012). "Glee Recap: Takin' It to the Streets". 
  16. ^ West, Lindy (June 11, 2011). "How To Be a Person: A Guide to Life for the Recent Graduate". 
  17. ^ a b "I Jumped the Shark on My Pony. It Is My Pony's Only Trick.". Lindy West. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Lindy West [author profile]", The Guardian, retrieved January 21, 2012 
  19. ^ Pearson, Michael (September 29, 2015). "Women embrace, criticize #ShoutYourAbortion". CNN. Retrieved October 12, 2015. 
  20. ^ Buchanan, Rose (September 22, 2015). "Tens of thousands of women share their abortion experiences in global attempt to end stigma". The Independent. Retrieved October 12, 2015. 
  21. ^ Wilmer, Henry (September 22, 2015). "The women 'shouting' their abortions". BBC. Retrieved October 12, 2015. 
  22. ^ Bowden, George (September 22, 2015). "Planned Parenthood' #ShoutYourAbortion Sees Women Take To Social Media To Help Save Funding". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  23. ^ Kahn, Matie (September 25, 2015). "The Dark Side of Hashtag Activism". Elle. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  24. ^ Roy, Aditi (October 23, 2015). "How the #ShoutYourAbortion Hashtag Started and Sparked a New Movement". ABC News. Retrieved October 23, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Entertaining Paul West always had 'droll story'; Obituary. (Obituary)", The Seattle Times, December 15, 2011, archived from the original on January 11, 2014 
  26. ^ Hamil, Brett (December 2, 2014). "Q&A with Ahamefule J. Oluo". CityArts. 
  27. ^ West, Lindy (July 21, 2015). "My wedding was perfect – and I was fat as hell the whole time". The Guardian. 

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