Wednesday Martin, Ph.D., a writer and social researcher, is the author of Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do. Wednesday has been interviewed as a parenting and stepparenting expert on CNN, NPR, BBC radio and television, NBC's Weekend Today, and Fox News, and her work has appeared in the New York Times. A regular contributor to the New York Post parenting page for several years, her writing on relationships and sexual, emotional and physical health have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Fitness, and Glamour. She has a doctorate in comparative literature and cultural studies--with a focus on anthropology and the history of psychoanalysis--from Yale and has taught cultural studies at Yale, the New School for Social Research, and Baruch College.
Stepmonster is a reconsideration of stepfamily dynamics from the perspective of the stepmother. Synthesizing recent sociological, anthropological and psychological literature, Stepmonster also offers historical and cultural analysis of the wicked stepmother myth; insights on stepmothering across cultures and in our evolutionary prehistory; and analysis of contemporary media and popular culture. Avoiding oversimplistic "advice," Stepmonster offers a uniquely comprehensive consideration of the complexities of the stepmother--as cultural signifier, literary creation, and real person.