Lena Chen

is a reluctant sexpert, a feminist and queer activist, and a walking case study on bad publicity. Once called the "self-appointed poster girl for ... brainy girls gone wild", she authored the blog Sex and the Ivy about her misadventures and sexcapades as a Harvard undergrad. Her reputation has never quite recovered.

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Portfolio

Lena has written both personal and reported pieces on gender and sexuality, examining sex and relationships, sexual health, feminism, and LGBT issues. Best-known for the candid writing on her blogs, Lena has contributed first-person essays to The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Glamour, Salon, and The Sydney Morning Herald.

An archive of past articles is available here. A selection of work follows:

SALON  | I Was The Harvard Harlot
THE AMERICAN PROSPECT  | The Chastity Ring-Around
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD  | Wedded To An Idea
EXPLOSION PROOF  | He Came To Stay
THE BOSTON GLOBE SUNDAY MAGAZINE  | Meet The Roommates
UNDERWIREDConfessions of a Bad Feminist
SKIRT! MAGAZINE
  | What Cosmo Taught Me About Feminism
THEFRISKY.COM  | Feminists Can Wear Spanx and Other Lessons From My Feminist Photo Shoot