Pop culture, politics and feminism


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

The true threat is not a super-villain skulking in the desert
By Laurie Penny - 06 September 18:51

In the ten years since 9/11, we have been starved of the meaning and context of global disaster.

An afternoon with the English Defence League
By Laurie Penny - 05 September 19:47

Tired, hot and frustrated -- they've been drinking since breakfast.

The anti-choice minority are being allowed to dictate policy
By Laurie Penny - 29 August 12:30

The coming changes to abortion provision have nothing do with caring, and everything to do with prejudice.

This “erotic” book is about as seductive as a balance sheet
By Laurie Penny - 27 August 10:40

An anti-feminist book so bad it's good for the cause.

“The whole thing was a circus, so I played the clown”
By Laurie Penny - 22 August 18:05

Jonnie Marbles, who was imprisoned after attacking Rupert Murdoch with a foam pie, talks about his time inside.

Demonising the young won’t heal our cities
By Laurie Penny - 11 August 16:43

It's vital that we resist the easy story of "us" and "them".

A summer of scapegoating
By Laurie Penny - 05 August 13:28

Millions have urgent, legitimate grievances with government. The criminalisation of dissent should outrage us all.

Amy Winehouse never, ever let us down
By Laurie Penny - 28 July 12:32

Winehouse was never interested in the normal rules of female celebrity.

Don't worry about the glass ceiling -- the basement is flooding
By Laurie Penny - 27 July 10:50

Let's not pretend that a few more skirt suits in the palaces of finance will deliver the change that women need.

Does Charlie Gilmour really deserve a 16-month jail sentence?
By Laurie Penny - 16 July 16:17

Yes, he acted like an idiot, but he's also an ideal tabloid scapegoat.

Nadine Dorries, abortion and newspeak on the right
By Laurie Penny - 14 July 21:45

Dorries's propaganda reveals ugly truths about the coalition's version of "choice".

The Question Time drinking game . . . and a political hangover
By Laurie Penny - 11 July 13:00

A new drinking game based on the ubiquitous programme gives much away about the robustness of political debate in Westminster.

The momentum of the Murdoch backlash must not slow
By Laurie Penny - 08 July 15:52

The Murdoch red-tops are not moral arbiters, they are brutal mercenary machines.

Telegraph cartoon makes light of DSK rape claims
By Laurie Penny - 04 July 14:56

In this interpretation, as in most modern justice systems, it's always the 'bitch's' fault.

There’s more to the Facebook generation than the odd poke
By Laurie Penny - 03 July 11:11

This state-sponsored panic about the sexualisation of childhood has far more to do with religious censoriousness than it might at first appear.

How can we change the consensus? Carry on
By Laurie Penny - 01 July 15:37

Perseverance in the face of power is the only thing that can truly change the world.

Mud, mud, glorious Glastonbury mud
By Laurie Penny - 24 June 17:17

Bono should find time in his busy schedule of high-profile philanthropy to pay the hefty tax bill he owes.

Dignity in life, dignity in death
By Laurie Penny - 16 June 12:14

Theological dogma should not dictate policy when it comes to assisted suicide.

Let’s get those sluts walking
By Laurie Penny - 10 June 14:12

Sex is not the problem. Sexism is. Arbitrary moral divisions are being renewed between "innocent" women and "sluts".

Human cost of welfare reform
By Laurie Penny - 03 June 19:00

The scandal is that no one is prepared to make a moral case for welfare provision.

Join Beyonce's sexy revolution
By Laurie Penny - 29 May 15:21

The singer's latest video gives new meaning to the term "riot porn".

The sex lives of powerful men
By Laurie Penny - 27 May 13:16

Our fascination with scandal and sleaze hides the seriousness of corruption and the ordinariness of infidelity, rape and abuse.

Ken Clarke was asking for it
By Laurie Penny - 18 May 19:06

Ken Clarke's comments are part of a culture that still misunderstands consent and wilfully ignores the scale and prevalence of rape.

The rich buying places at university? They already do
By Laurie Penny - 10 May 18:57

David Willetts's proposal merely formalises the process of purchasing access that already exists.

The princess craze is no fairy tale
By Laurie Penny - 05 May 13:31

Young women need different models of femininity.

This England, 29.04.2011
By Laurie Penny - 29 April 12:17

On the day of the wedding, this country is undergoing a profound identity crisis.