Canadian author Kelly Oxford on politics, parenting and panic disorder

Canadian author and self-proclaimed introvert Kelly Oxford, who first gained a social media following several years ago with her funny insights as a stay-at-home parent, talks about politics, anxiety and her response to the Trump tapes in her latest book When You Find Out The World Is Against You.

Social media influencer tackles mental health issues and her #notokay campaign in new book of personal essays

Writer and social media influencer Kelly Oxford is on a book tour to promote her latest compilation of humourous personal essays called When You Find Out The World Is Against You. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

She might mingle with famous comedians and Hollywood elite now, but Canadian writer and social media influencer Kelly Oxford doesn't forget where she came from.

"Edmonton is the home town. Let's get this clear right now," Oxford joked, referring to occasional confusion about her Albertan roots. "I was raised in Edmonton and moved to Calgary in 2001."

After developing a significant following on Twitter for her sharp observations and clever one-liners, the once stay-at-home parent eventually moved to Los Angeles with her family.


Since then, Oxford has penned TV pilots and is currently developing a series for Hulu with Seth Rogen and James Franco as producers.

In her latest book of personal essays, called When You Find Out The World is Against You, she talks about what it's like parenting three kids (whose quotes feature prominently in many of her tweets), her battle with anxiety, and her strong political views as a Canadian living in the United States.

Oxford attracted media attention last year when she started the #notokay movement online following the release of a tape in which then-Republican candidate Donald Trump was heard bragging about groping women.

The author was so enraged, she recounts in the book, that she asked women to tweet her their experiences with sexual assault shortly after and received hundreds of thousands of responses from around the world.

"You hope to build a community around what you are doing, and if you are lucky, that happens," she told CBC News while in Toronto as part of a book tour. "I have been lucky enough to put all of the cards out on the table to play and there have been people coming to the table. I just think I am really fortunate that people have found similarities in themselves with me."

Watch more of CBC's interview with Kelly Oxford and her #notokay campaign below.

Writer and social media star Kelly Oxford talks about what led her to create the "notokay" hashtag

5 years ago
Duration 2:38
The Edmonton-born, L.A.-based author discusses her new book, which tackles politics, parenting and mental illness 2:38

With files from Ilana Banks