Pop culture, politics and feminism


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: Laurie Penny on Madrid's Occupy
By Laurie Penny - 16 October 22:45

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

Laurie Penny: 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.

Laurie Penny: 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.

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

My appearance on Democracy Now!

Laurie Penny is occupying Wall Street
By Laurie Penny - 02 October 20:36

A dispatch from the New York frontline.

Laurie Penny on 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.

Laurie Penny: 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? Laurie Penny on gendercide.
By Laurie Penny - 22 September 13:42

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

Forget about looking for “The One” and have fun with the many, says Laurie Penny
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 and cruel.

Ten years after 9/11, the true threat is not a super-villain skulking in the desert, says Laurie Penny
By Laurie Penny - 06 September 18:51

We have been starved of the meaning and context of global disaster.

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

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

Laurie Penny on abortion: 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.

Honey Money: the Power of Erotic Capital 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”: Laurie Penny talks to Jonnie Marbles
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, writes Laurie Penny
By Laurie Penny - 11 August 16:43

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

Laurie Penny: 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, says Laurie Penny
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.

Laurie Penny on 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".

Laurie Penny trials Question Time drinking game ... and gets 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.

Laurie Penny on why 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.

The blame game: the Telegraph cartoon making 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, writes Laurie Penny
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, says Laurie Penny
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: why Laurie Penny's not working pro-Bono
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: Laurie Penny on euthanasia
By Laurie Penny - 16 June 12:14

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

Laurie Penny on proest: 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".

Laurie Penny on the 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.

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

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