Lena Chen

is a reluctant sexpert, a feminist and queer advocate, and a walking case study on bad publicity. As a Harvard undergrad, she authored the blog Sex and the Ivy about her college sexcapades and misadventures. Her reputation has never quite recovered. Want to give her a book deal, send her hate mail, or misquote her in an article? Read her daily musings at The Ch!cktionary and check out her full bio.


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The bleeding heart nympho’s guide to Harvard life. The blog that started it all, Sex and the Ivy delivered readers “clever and taut writing” (Sexerati), “heartwarming online company” (The Harvard Independent), and “mind-blowing crest-on-crest action” (Radar Magazine).


The inaugural Feminist Coming Out Day was held at Harvard University on March 8, 2010. (Check out coverage of the original event in The Harvard Crimson.) Exactly one year later, on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Lena Chen and her co-founder, Abby Sun, took the campaign nationwide!

Since then, it has been renamed Feminist Pride Day and incorporated into the Feminist Majority Foundation's campus programming by college partners throughout the United States. It has since expanded to Brown University, New York University, Pomona College, Pasadena City College, Stanford University, Southern Utah University, St. Mary's College of Maryland, University of Texas - Austin, Wellesley College, Yale University, State University of New York at Purchase, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, University of Missouri - Kansas City, University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, University of San Diego, American University, Brandeis University, Otterbein University, Miami University, Wells College, Southern Methodist University, Smith College, University of Michigan - Deaborn, University of Kansas, Fort Lewis College, and the University of Central Florida.

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A web series on healthy relationships and sexuality airing on the now-defunct SexReally.com, Sex Really with Lena Chen is an always honest, occasionally wacky, and (mostly) uncensored guide to everything going on in the bedroom. Check out episodes here and keep an eye out for a collaboration with the National Campaign To Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy on their latest venture, Bedsider.org.


Half a century after the sexual revolution, the concept of virginity remains as contentious as ever. While the sexual abstinence movement preaches in classrooms and college campus the dangers of premarital sex and “hooking up”, feminists decry scare tactics and “slut-shaming”. Is there a sex-positive way to teach abstinence? What are the historical and cultural origins of the virginity ideal? How does a queer person lose their virginity? Does anyone even know what virginity really is? These questions, in part inspired by Lena’s senior thesis research, sparked the idea for the Rethinking Virginity Conference, which Lena planned as the Women’s Events & Outreach Chair of the Harvard College Queer Students & Allies. From debunking myths to defying norms, the conference featured scholars and experts speaking about gender, sexuality, and the elusive concept of virginity.

For post-conference coverage in The Boston Phoenix, Feministing, Jezebel, Salon, and Slate, please refer to the official website.


Lena was the founding and former managing editor of College OTR, an online news and entertainment portal started in 2007 as a snarky, alternative news source to traditional campus media.


Lena was the social media manager and editor of a college admissions blog run by the non-profit National Research Center for College & University Admissions. Written for high school students and their parents, Fat Envelope delivered advice on topics such as financial aid, test prep, and interview strategies.