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I'm Lena Chen, a writer, activist, and media producer who's been called a "skank" (by Bill O'Reilly) and "a small Asian woman" (by The New York Times). My favorite part of my workday is the hate mail.

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Ask Lena: Reader Questions Answered
Anatomy of an Outfit
Bad Feminist Confessions
Freelance Friday: Career Advice for Young Writers
Hate Mail
Gratuitous Photos Of My Bulldog
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In case you wanted to buy my outfit from the MORE shoot, here’s the totally reasonable brand and pricing info:

Burberry London cotton silk blend dress, $850; Ralph Lauren Collection suede heels, $595; 212-434-8000.

[Disclaimer: Since someone was confused, I will clarify that the outfit came from More magazine, NOT my own closet ;) ]

I’m spending my afternoon penning my response to Tracy Clark-Flory’s piece in Salon about "the irony of [her] feminist photoshoot". Tracy, who was profiled for the awesome writing she does at Broadsheet, wrote:

"In the two-page photo spread (part of which you can see above), we look like a bunch of aspiring first ladies. We seem a group selected for mild variety and good-girl respectability. It’s a stately tableau that says: The kids are all right. We look like 20-somethings who do tea, not the binge-drinking, casual-sex-having "female chauvinist pigs" that get so much ink these days."

So, the Burberry IS quite a departure from my typical look. But you know, I think there are enough photos of me in underwear floating around on the Internet.

(Photo from "This is What The New Feminists Look Like" - MORE Magazine)

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