Wednesday Martin

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Wednesday Martin
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BornWendy K. Martin
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Genrememoir, social commentary, cultural criticism, biography
Notable worksPrimates of Park Avenue
Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel and Act the Way We Do
SpouseJoel Moser

Wendy "Wednesday" Martin[1][2][3] is an American author and cultural critic[1] who writes and comments on parenting, step-parenting, female sexuality, motherhood, and popular culture.[4][5] She has written several books and for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, Harper's Bazaar,[6] and The Daily Telegraph.

Early life and education[edit]

Martin was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan[7] and grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan.[8] She did her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan where she studied anthropology,[7][9] and she received a doctorate in comparative literature and cultural studies from Yale University. Her doctoral work examined early psychoanalysis and anthropology.[10][11]


Martin has taught literature and cultural studies at Yale, The New School, and Baruch College.[12][13]

In May 2009, Martin's memoir about her experience as a stepmother called Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel and Act the Way We Do was published.[14][15]

After Martin moved to the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan with her family in 2004, she began researching and documenting her experiences there for her next book, Primates of Park Avenue.[15][16] Simon & Schuster released the book in June 2015.[17][18] The memoir recounted Martin's experience living among the wealthy women, particularly stay-at-home mothers, of the Upper East Side and examined their behavior from a social researcher's perspective, inspired by the work of Jane Goodall.[12][15][19] Primates has been translated into nine languages, as of 2018.[20]

In her book Untrue (2018), Martin focused on female sexuality and addressing untruths about women and sex.[21]

Martin has also written for Psychology Today,[22] The Daily Telegraph,[23] The New York Times,[24] The Huffington Post,[25] and The Atlantic.[26]


Martin is the author of the following books and ebooks:

  • Marlene Dietrich (1995)[citation needed]
  • Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel and Act the Way We Do (2009)[citation needed]
  • Primates of Park Avenue: a memoir Simon & Schuster, New York (2015)[citation needed]
  • Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free (2018)[citation needed]
  • Boyfriends of Dorothy (2018)[27]
  • The Button (2018)[citation needed]
  • The Switch (2019)[citation needed]


In May 2013, several articles were published about the practice of hiring disabled guides to avoid lines at Disney World, which Martin uncovered during her research for Primates of Park Avenue.[28] On May 16, 2015, The New York Times published an essay by Martin in the Sunday Review section, titled Poor Little Rich Women, prior to the publication of her book Primates of Park Avenue.[24] The article received coverage from numerous media outlets,[29] in particular the concept of financial rewards called "wife bonuses", which Martin reported some Upper East Side wives receive from their husbands for superior domestic performance.[18][30] Following the essay, commentary appeared in the New York Post[31] and Page Six,[32] arguing both for and against Martin's account of wife bonuses. The New York Times characterized Martin's description of wife bonuses as "disputed".[33]

Personal life[edit]

Martin is married to Joel Moser, a lawyer, financier, chief executive officer and adjunct professor at Columbia University, with whom she has two sons, one born in 2001 and the other in 2007.[34][35][36][37] She has two step-daughters, children of Moser's first marriage.[14]


  1. ^ a b Karen Heller (July 14, 2015). "The harried tale of 'Primates of Park Avenue'". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Annie Lowrey (June 2015). "At Lunch With the Author Who Introduced the Upper East Side 'Wife Bonus'". New York. Retrieved June 8, 2015. She grew up as Wendy Martin...
  3. ^ Gina Barreca (May 27, 2015). "The $150,000 Purse And Other 'Wife Bonuses'". Hartford Courant. Retrieved June 8, 2015. The author "Wednesday" Martin (her real name is Wendy, but I guess she liked the Addams Family)...
  4. ^ Jeff Rossen and Josh Davis (May 31, 2013). "Undercover at Disney:Deplorable scheme to skip lines". Today. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  5. ^ Emily Jane Fox (May 31, 2013). "Here's how much these moms spend to look good". CNN. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  6. ^ Wednesday Martin (July 28, 2015). "When it comes to promiscuity, are women the new men?". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Annie Lowrey (June 2, 2015). "At Lunch With the Author Who Introduced the Upper East Side 'Wife Bonus'". New York. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Andrew Buncombe (June 16, 2015). "Primates of Park Avenue: Wednesday Martin says we should feel sorry for the pampered, privileged women of New York's Upper East Side". The Independent. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  9. ^ Rachel Epstein. "A Cultural Study of the Ladies who Lunch". DuJour Magazine. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  10. ^ Alfred Brophy (May 26, 2015). "Wednesday Martin's Primates of Fifth Avenue". The Faculty Lounge. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  11. ^ Jesse Kornbluth (May 28, 2015). "Wednesday Martin Is the Margaret Mead of the .1%". The Observer. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Jia Tolentino (June 2, 2015). "A Conversation With Wednesday Martin, Author of Primates of Park Avenue". Jezebel. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  13. ^ "Wednesday Martin Ph.D." Psychology Today. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  14. ^ a b Heather Havrilesky (May 20, 2009). "A sympathetic new book about the family member everyone loves to hate suggests even the best stepmoms in the world are set up to fail miserably". Salon. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  15. ^ a b c "Rich Housewives Go Under The Microscope In 'Primates Of Park Avenue'". NPR. May 31, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  16. ^ Jill Filipovic (June 4, 2015). "Why the Wealthy Women of New York's Upper East Side Are So Completely Fascinating". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  17. ^ Hiroko Tabuchi (June 7, 2015). "Publisher to Put Asterisk on 'Primates of Park Avenue'". The New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  18. ^ a b Belinda Luscombe (June 2, 2015). "What We Can Learn From Insanely Rich Parents". Time. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  19. ^ Gina Barreca (May 27, 2015). "The $150,000 Purse And Other 'Wife Bonuses'". Hartford Courant. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  20. ^ Victor P. Corona (June 11, 2016). "Primates, scolding, and dismissive finger-wagging". Contexts. Retrieved July 30, 2018. Martin’s New York Times Sunday Review piece, “Poor Little Rich Women,” was one of the paper’s twenty most-read pieces of the year
  21. ^ Kerri Jarema (April 16, 2018). "'Untrue' By Wednesday Martin Will Challenge What You Think About Women & Sex — And The Cover Is Just As Revealing As The Book". Bustle. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  22. ^ Wednesday Martin (July 16, 2015). "Deals, Divorce, Direction: Off-Label Uses for Psychoanalysis". Psychology Today. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  23. ^ Wednesday Martin (January 23, 2013). "Banning the 'blended' family: why step-families will never be the same as first families". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  24. ^ a b Wednesday Martin (May 16, 2015). "Poor Little Rich Women". The New York Times. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  25. ^ Wednesday Martin (June 14, 2010). "The Dad Effect: How Fatherhood Changes Men and Why We Need More Books about Fathers". Huffington Post. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  26. ^ Wednesday Martin (July 15, 2015). "The Captivity of Motherhood". The Atlantic. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  27. ^ Porter Anderson (June 11, 2018). "Both Text and Audio Sold Together in Amazon Original Stories Collections". Publishing Perspectives. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  28. ^ Josh Levs (May 15, 2013). "Disney World vows action after report of wealthy hiring disabled to skip lines". CNN. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  29. ^ Ben Yakas (June 7, 2015). "Shocker: Upper East Side "Wife Bonus" Book Reportedly Filled With Lies". Gothamist. Archived from the original on July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  30. ^ Michelle Ruiz (May 21, 2015). "Do Stay-at-Home Moms Deserve a Salary?". Vogue. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  31. ^ Polly Phillips (May 28, 2015). "I get a wife bonus and I deserve it, so STFU". New York Post. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  32. ^ Mara Siegler (June 4, 2015). "Upper East Side socialite says 'wife bonuses' don't exist". Page Six. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  33. ^ "Primates of Times Square: A Case Study". The New York Times. June 13, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  34. ^ "Shocker: Upper East Side "Wife Bonus" Book Reportedly Filled With Lies". Gothamist. June 7, 2015. Archived from the original on June 9, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015. Among the most glaring errors: Martin's first son was born in 2001 and her second was born in 2007, the year she moved from the Upper East Side to the Upper West Side. Martin talks about raising two boys on the UES throughout the book. She writes that she attended exercise classes at Physique 57 to lose her baby weight after her second son's birth. The Post claims that gym did not exist when she claims to have exercised there.
  35. ^ "Joel Moser". Columbia University. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  36. ^ Screws, Nic; Gordon, Amanda; Ankari, Moti. "Celebrity and Business Power Couples Pick the Perfect Valentine's Day Gifts". Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  37. ^ "Joseph Martin". Retrieved October 6, 2015.