Noelle Howey is a deputy editor at Real Simple magazine and the author of Dress Codes, an award-winning memoir about her family. She has written for publications and websites including Salon, The Advocate, Babble, and Glamour, among many others. She lives in Maplewood, N.J.

Central Park Rape

The rape of a 73-year-old bird-watcher in Central Park this week ignited shock around the world. But why? Rape isn’t about sex but violence—and in this case, possibly revenge. Noelle Howey reports.

Bosom Buddies

ABC has a new sitcom about men in dresses. But no one is laughing, says Noelle Howey, the daughter of a transgender parent.