Hi and welcome to Wait, Really? — a newsletter on cultural obsessions and absurdities, feminism and gender politics, historical tidbits, internet musing, and whatever else crosses my desk and brain that I think is worth sending out, typically because I find it either delightful or rage-inducing or some combination of the two.

I’m your host, Jessica Bennett, writer and contributing editor at The New York Times, author of the books “Feminist Fight Club” and “This Is 18,” and current journalism professor at NYU, teaching graduate students how to “report the zeitgeist,” whatever that means! I’m also the co-host of the podcast, “In Retrospect.”

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I’m a writer and editor at The New York Times, teaching journalism at NYU. I write about women, culture and the way we live now. Author of "Feminist Fight Club" & "This Is 18." Podcasting at “In Retrospect.”