Britain only permits two types of outrage today: dog-whistle disgust for the extremely poor and spanielish devotion to the aristocracy.
In the end, it was in our name.
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.
We're experiencing a sexual counterrevolution that encompasses a backlash against women’s sexual and reproductive freedom.
It would be nice to think that the rot of rank misogyny was confined to fringe sites populated by lunatics. But it is found all over the web - and it's silencing its victims. Fighting it is not the same as censorship.
How hard a person works is not and never has been proportional to a person’s salary.
In the aftermath of the Leveson report, journalism has changed forever - but it's not because of the inquiry.
When it comes to sexual violence, progressive organisations should not be held to different standards.
We must fight the voice that says: stay home, keep your legs closed and your eyes lowered. In 2013, we face a choice.
A note on the Nice Guys of OkCupid.
A letter to a reader in crisis.
Sex work isn’t stigmatised because it is dangerous. Sex work is dangerous because it is stigmatised.
I don't know the Duke or Duchess of Cambridge, but I do know too many couples who can't afford to have children.
Being sick and tired is no reason not to keep fighting - a growing number of people are refusing to accept this new, cruel reality.
Julian Assange's new book "Cypherpunks" has failed to understand something fundamental about the internet.
For more than 40 years, Terry Pratchett used science fiction and fantasy to craft subtle satires. But the onset of Alzheimer’s forced him to confront a stark question – what happens when he is no longer able to write?
It’s no accident that the original Occupy Wall Street organisers were among the first to set up and co-ordinate volunteering efforts.
Somewhere along the line women seem to have forgotten how far we’ve got to go.
A statement in absentia.
There are many ways “to be a woman”, and we should try to show more of them.
This sort of ‘feminism’ has nothing to do with changing women’s lives.
Critics' main problem with these books seems simply to be that they are porn for women.
Why is rape seen as a reasonable way to "strengthen" female characters?
There are many problems with this series, but subtlety isn’t one of them.
The message from the Alfie Meadows case is clear: if you protest, the police can do what they like to you.
The normalisation of exploitation is the real scandal here.
When somebody is paid to say the worst possible thing, it allows someone else to say the next worst.
There is plenty of "awareness" of eating disorders in the media but just as much complicity in the idea that starvation is a legitimate expression of female distress, says Laurie Penny.
Laurie Penny's eyebrow-raising encounter with a media studies professor at Occupy Wall Street.