Pop culture, politics and feminism


Mrs T, unreliable narrator
By Laurie Penny - 16 January 12:26

There are many Maggie Thatchers, and which story we choose to tell says more about us than it does a

New Girl: not so much a sitcom, more a new front in the war on twee
By Laurie Penny - 14 January 10:38

It's not technically impossible to fight patriarchy in a Hello Kitty thong, although it might be a l

"Divide and rule"? Diane Abbott was right
By Laurie Penny - 06 January 18:06

The privileged will do anything to distract attention from their own power.

Respect our elders? No chance
By Laurie Penny - 03 January 14:21

The government's new youth strategy is nothing but spin.

What "panda-gate" tells us about sexism
By Laurie Penny - 28 December 16:26

Why were real women's brave, brilliant acts this year not considered newsworthy?

On the streets with Bloomberg's "private army"
By Laurie Penny - 13 December 11:10

"Whose tweets? Our tweets!" Sometimes, only puns will do.

Blaming the victim
By Laurie Penny - 11 December 11:17

The one per cent punish us for wanting what they say we can't have.

Why the Pope has a point
By Laurie Penny - 07 December 12:29

The abuse of children within the home is something that society has yet to tackle adequately.

Newt encounters a different kind of Tea Party
By Laurie Penny - 05 December 11:19

"To my astonishment, the audience applauds. Gingrich is in a spot."

Occupy Black Friday
By Laurie Penny - 25 November 18:39

Discount shoppers are not the 1% - and activists must remind them that another world is possible.

Occupy the media
By Laurie Penny - 23 November 12:28

Dissatisfaction with mainstream journalism is leading to a profound change in the way that protest is reported.

In America, the pro-life lobby gears up
By Laurie Penny - 20 November 11:52

To gain political capital, elected representatives are exploiting the national hysteria over abortion.

Why the NYPD are kidnapping books
By Laurie Penny - 17 November 13:41

The dismantling of Occupy Wall Street's library is a metaphor for how our culture is policed.

Dropping out won’t fix the world: It is possible to drink a Starbucks latte with your politics intact?
By Laurie Penny - 14 November 12:48

It is possible to drink a Starbucks latte with your politics intact?

Memo: water cannons part of the plan
By Laurie Penny - 09 November 12:54

Security firm's email also identifies location of possible kettle.

Modernising the monarchy? Hardly
By Laurie Penny - 06 November 10:07

In our storybook world, royalty open hospitals with their shiny-haired brides, rather than stomping

It's a choice between homelessness and a criminal record
By Laurie Penny - 02 November 16:34

Moves to outlaw squatting in empty houses should be an outrage on the left.

Forget the "baby boomer" debate, this is about cuts and class
By Laurie Penny - 29 October 13:28

My speech in a debate on inter-generational conflict, attacking team mate David Willetts. We lost.

If I can’t wear a short skirt, I don’t want your revolution
By Laurie Penny - 28 October 13:12

Advising women to avoid arousing potential rapists is a gross misunderstanding of the nature of sexual violence.

Handbags, gowns and girl armour
By Laurie Penny - 22 October 11:12

Can fashion be feminist?

The old protest playlist won’t do for the Spotify generation
By Laurie Penny - 21 October 16:53

Today's movements are marked by pluralism and a rejection of conventional politics and ideological conformity.

Protest by consensus
By Laurie Penny - 16 October 22:45

Like most of the occupations around the world today, Madrid's Puerta del Sol is peaceful.

More sex education, please, and less censorship
By Laurie Penny - 15 October 12:16

Pornography is often used as an excuse to enact a wider scale clampdown.

I’ve turned 25, but the world won’t let me be a grown-up
By Laurie Penny - 06 October 15:04

We are old enough and ugly enough to build a better future for ourselves.

Dispatch from Wall Street
By Laurie Penny - 05 October 9:06

My appearance on Democracy Now!

Occupying Wall Street
By Laurie Penny - 02 October 20:36

A dispatch from the New York frontline.

Rihanna and our mock concern for women's dignity
By Laurie Penny - 30 September 11:43

Taking a stand against sexism isn't the same as taking a stand against sex.

Watching the Arctic melt, I realise apathy must be frozen out
By Laurie Penny - 24 September 12:18

We can choose abject complicity, or we can decide that it's not too late to build a better world.

What value do you place on the life of a missing woman?
By Laurie Penny - 22 September 13:42

The selective abortion of female foetuses tends to reflect the esteem in which women are held in soc

Forget about looking for “The One” and have fun with the many
By Laurie Penny - 15 September 10:45

The idea that everyone has a soulmate whom they are destined to love for ever is both implausible an