S. C. Cornell

I am a writer in Mexico City at work on a novel.

My essays and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The Drift, and LIBER: A Feminist Review.

Email me: sccornell1 at gmail


Selected Writing


Great Personal Risk

The Drift | Pay for pregnancy.

Let Me Tell You What She Means

LIBER | The misreading of Joan Didion.


The Abortion Plot

The New Yorker | Sara Gallardo.

Who Gets to Play in Women’s Leagues?

The New Yorker | Sex and sports. 

Our Lady of Anxiety

LIBER | Roz Chast.

How Much Do Words Matter? 

The New Yorker | Feminist etymology. 

On Androgyny 

LIBER | Susan Sontag’s utopia.


To Get It Was The Gift of Life

LIBER | Darryl Pinckney and Elizabeth Hardwick. 

Fetal Rites 

The Drift | Anti-abortion propaganda.

Sex Tips From Apes 

LIBER | Sexual essentialism.

Diary of the Seduced

LIBER | Elif Batuman.

Baby, Was I Born This Way?

LIBER | Amia Srinivasan.