Jonathan Franzen

Ahead of Baltimore talk, author Meg Wolitzer discusses writing about women in the #MeToo era

Ahead of Baltimore talk, author Meg Wolitzer discusses writing about women in the #MeToo era

The author Meg Wolitzer remembers a day when, as a preteen, she first had to run the invisible gauntlet made up of the sharp gazes of men.

She was about 12, she recalls, and was strolling through a shopping mall when she became aware of a cluster of older teens staring at her and muttering something under their breaths.

“Before, I had been in a dream of myself, feeling good and free,” she said over the phone. “But I began thinking, ‘Wow, is there something wrong with how I’m looking? What is it?’ And I continued to think differently about myself after I went home. I learned that as a woman in the world, there will be moments when you will be sexualized in an unwanted way....

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