By Laurie Penny - 07 August 16:57
You carry on, writes <strong>Laurie Penny</strong>.
By Laurie Penny - 27 July 10:45
David Cameron is wrong to try and ban pornography online when the casual objectification of women continues as a decoy for vicious xenophobia and social conservatism in the mainstream media.
By Laurie Penny - 22 July 15:38
Of all future subjects of our new infant overlord, none are more scapegoated than teenage single mums. Let's not forget about them and their children today.
By Laurie Penny - 20 July 8:54
The cruellest thing about the benefits cap is not that it could make thousands of people homeless or force more families to depend on food banks (three of these open every week). It’s that it’s not really about people on benefits at all.
By Laurie Penny - 19 July 8:58
Almost every time I speak to teenagers, particularly to young female students who want to talk to me about feminism, I find myself staggered by how much they have read, how creatively they think and how curiously bullshit-resistant they are.
By Laurie Penny - 09 July 14:07
There’s no reason anyone should be herded into an archaic arrangement that does not work for everybody.
By Laurie Penny - 30 June 9:35
Men grow up expecting to be the hero of their own story. Women grow up expecting to be the supporting actress in somebody else's.
By Laurie Penny - 22 June 10:12
Laurie Penny meets the Russian punk-protest group.
By Laurie Penny - 17 June 17:46
"Could they not have just had the meeting on Skype?"
By Laurie Penny - 17 June 8:18
There is a significant psychological price to being constantly aware of the variety of ways in which your activity might be tracked.
By Laurie Penny - 13 June 12:18
The worst thing about this debate is that it turns a real-world, complex problem into a simple moral choice.
By Laurie Penny - 10 June 12:50
Expose injustice and pay the price.
By Laurie Penny - 03 June 8:25
The young soldier has become a symbol of the information war and its discontents.
By Laurie Penny - 28 May 11:06
She made herself intolerable to a system she found impossible to tolerate.
By Laurie Penny - 24 May 15:52
As one of the school’s scholarship exam questions shows, young boys are encouraged to think that humanity, compassion, even sense are secondary to winning. This is how we’ve ended up with politicians who will enact any policy, no matter the human cost, ju
By Laurie Penny - 11 May 9:26
Beauty is about class, money, power and privilege - and it always has been.
By Laurie Penny - 10 May 10:52
It’s not just about Jimmy Savile, or Stuart Hall, or the BBC, or the Socialist Workers’ Party, or two American high-schoolers crying in court, or three young women chained in a basement in Ohio, or one dead girl in a hospital in Delhi. After too long, pe
By Laurie Penny - 08 May 13:58
After the financial crash of 2008, Iceland refused to bail out its banks and overthrew its government. But five years on, has its flirtation with an alternative to austerity ended?
By Laurie Penny - 01 May 14:28
Do we need to mourn every lost job without further comment, even in an industry that’s becoming toxic?
By Laurie Penny - 30 April 8:04
Would you sign up for a perilous journey, knowing that you’ve got just one shot at making the human race a bit better, a bit braver?
By Laurie Penny - 17 April 9:52
The left have been painted as tasteless, heartless people trying to make political capital out of Thatcher’s death. Only the government is allowed to do that, says Laurie Penny.
By Laurie Penny - 10 April 11:21
By 70, will I be screeching about immigrants from an enormous throne made of my clippings?
By Laurie Penny - 19 March 13:10
The pictures from Steubenville don’t just show a girl being raped. They show that rape being condoned, encouraged, celebrated. What type of culture could possibly produce such pictures?
By Laurie Penny - 16 March 9:21
It’s not enough for us to sit back and wait for the system of power to become a little more equal.
By Laurie Penny - 06 March 16:03
The left has no monopoly on political correctness. Just try being rude about Margaret Thatcher. Right now, the list of things we’re not allowed to say about the rich and powerful is getting longer - and not just for professional writers.
By Laurie Penny - 28 February 7:37
Systematic abuse happens when the system is abusive.
By Laurie Penny - 24 February 11:44
Laurie Penny reports from Cairo.
By Laurie Penny - 21 February 15:34
Britain only permits two types of outrage today: dog-whistle disgust for the extremely poor and spanielish devotion to the aristocracy.
By Laurie Penny - 14 February 5:53
In the end, it was in our name.
By Laurie Penny - 11 February 13:26
Laurie Penny has GCSE Latin and a collection of ridiculous hats, plus years of experience dealing with in-fighting and intrigue (on the British Left). There is literally no reason she couldn't be Pope. Except for the Catholic thing. And the woman thing.