Pop culture, politics and feminism


Laurie Penny: 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, says Laurie Penny
By Laurie Penny - 10 May 18:57

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

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

Young women need different models of femininity.

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

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

Buns, bunting and retro-imperialism
Buns, bunting and retro-imperialism: Laurie Penny on British twee
By Laurie Penny - 27 April 17:16

Royal wedding cheerleaders want to drag us back to the days of deference.

Laurie Penny on Tesco and The Battle of Stokes Croft
By Laurie Penny - 22 April 17:44

What happened when police, squatters and anti-Tesco protesters clashed in Bristol.

Laurie Penny: put the vendetta aside and vote Yes to AV
By Laurie Penny - 21 April 13:04

Petty revenge politics does nothing but reduce us to the level of Westminster.

Laurie Penny: A sad truth about “happy pills”
By Laurie Penny - 18 April 14:53

Governments have long been reluctant to draw attention to the links between mental health and socio-economic factors.

Laurie Penny prescribes a reading list for radical thinkers
By Laurie Penny - 15 April 11:41

This reading list may not make you happy, but it might just make you brave.

It’s an education, all right: Laurie Penny on the commercialization of universities
By Laurie Penny - 10 April 12:19

British universities now see themselves as companies, and students are the losers.

Laurie Penny: Willetts has reminded us that social mobility is a scam
By Laurie Penny - 07 April 16:56

The entire premise of social mobility rests on the blithe acceptance of social inequality.

The shame is all theirs: Laurie Penny on a new anti-choice wave
By Laurie Penny - 03 April 10:51

Nadine Dorries and Frank Field's proposal for pre-abortion counselling is scientifically unsound and morally untenable.

Laurie Penny: What really happened in Trafalgar Square
By Laurie Penny - 27 March 17:22

Neither mindless nor violent, young protesters were forced into a stand-off with police.

Laurie Penny: Why I'm marching today for anti-austerity
By Laurie Penny - 26 March 9:36

Like thousands of others, I'll be demonstrating in London because we need to fight for our principles.

The heavies of the state: Laurie Penny takes on police equipment
By Laurie Penny - 25 March 11:37

It's hard to see someone's humanity through a riot visor.

Laurie Penny: My night at the Shaftas, porn's award ceremony
By Laurie Penny - 20 March 13:05

What I learned at the porn industry's annual ceremony.

Inside the Saif house: Laurie Penny pays a house call
By Laurie Penny - 15 March 10:38

The UK home of Colonel Gaddafi’s son is in the hands of Libyan exiles. This is what it’s like from within.

Laurie Penny: Charlie Sheen's problem with women
By Laurie Penny - 13 March 13:01

The actor has brutalised the women in his life for years, but the global press is more scandalised by his drug habit.

In Cameron's Britain profit has become the new piety
By Laurie Penny - 12 March 13:12

Bigotry has a moral framework in 2011.

Laurie Penny on violence against women in Tahrir Square
By Laurie Penny - 08 March 18:22

Speak it aloud, let it ooze over your tongue: how bitter does it taste?

Galliano’s fashionable beliefs: Laurie Penny on an act of hypocrisy
By Laurie Penny - 04 March 14:01

The problem with racism and sexism in fashion goes far beyond one slurring fantasist.

Decoding the royal guest list: Laurie Penny on the new elite
By Laurie Penny - 03 March 12:37

Celebrity elitism is merging with the elitism of previous centuries.

Is it crass to compare the protests in London, Cairo and Wisconsin?
By Laurie Penny - 02 March 15:40

The difference between Tahrir Square and Parliament Square is one of scale, but not of substance.

This is no conspiracy, Glenn Beck: Laurie Penny on Uncut
By Laurie Penny - 26 February 14:20

The UK and US Uncut movements are a genuinely popular, if gentle, insurrection. So why are their members being branded "extremists"?

In defence of squatting: Laurie Penny on a long-standing tradition
By Laurie Penny - 20 February 19:36

The occupation of private property is brave and necessary.

Hey, Dave: our society's bigger than yours
By Laurie Penny - 18 February 12:03

We have an uprising that's far bigger and more social than Cameron could have imagined.

Revolts don’t have to be tweeted: Laurie Penny on a force bigger than technology
By Laurie Penny - 15 February 11:40

There is a lot more to the recent uprisings than just the knock-on effects of social media.

Laurie Penny on Julie Burchill’s imperialist froth over Israel
By Laurie Penny - 13 February 10:35

The columnist is wrong to describe Louis Theroux’s documentary and The Promise as nothing more than “Jew-baiting”.

Vajazzled and bemused: Laurie Penny on the latest bizarre trend
By Laurie Penny - 08 February 10:38

This latest trend shows that female sexual shame remains big business.

Fear thy neighbour: Laurie Penny on anti-Islamic Cameron's scaremongering
By Laurie Penny - 06 February 10:31

The real ideological war going on in this country right now is not between terror and its antithesis, but between action and apathy.