Pop culture, politics and feminism


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.

Laurie Penny: In defence of the “C” word
By Laurie Penny - 02 February 10:38

Men have so many words that they can use to hint at their own sexual power, but we have just the one. Let’s use it and love it.

No sex. No drugs. And no leaders
By Laurie Penny - 26 January 16:04

Life on the front line of student activism.

Laurie Penny on the battle against benefit cuts and “poverty pimps”
By Laurie Penny - 24 January 10:38

Disabled people and their allies are fighting back against cuts – shame on the rest of us if we do not fight with them.

Bread, circuses and tea towels can’t stifle dissent, says Laurie Penny
By Laurie Penny - 21 January 16:20

The case for disrupting the royal wedding.

Laurie Penny: this divorce tax is emotional terrorism
By Laurie Penny - 17 January 14:29

Persuading poor people to stay married eases the strain on housing stocks and provides a modesty slip for inequality.

The politics of aspiration is dead: Laurie Penny on the new, defeatist rhetoric
By Laurie Penny - 13 January 14:36

No political party can now promise social mobility – instead politicians push the rhetoric of revenge.

Laurie Penny: our disgusting appetite for anorexia chic
By Laurie Penny - 11 January 16:51

The press might not admit it but anorexia is in fashion.

Laurie Penny on the myth of the "myth" of gender equality
By Laurie Penny - 08 January 10:53

The Daily Mail gets excited about yet another attempt to put women in their place.

Let’s change the world, not ourselves: Laurie Penny on a new New Year
By Laurie Penny - 31 December 12:35

The idea of making and breaking new year's resolutions is wearisomely counter-revolutionary.

Laurie Penny: A response to Alex Callinicos
By Laurie Penny - 27 December 13:18

Deregulating resistance will mean deregulating the organisations that control resistance.

Strictly come statecraft: Laurie Penny on how the government protects the rich
By Laurie Penny - 22 December 18:25

This is a government that sees the wealthy as its core constituency.

Laurie Penny on how twitter is changing the face of dissent
By Laurie Penny - 20 December 13:48

December 2010 will surely be remembered as the month when the global ruling class lost its monopoly over information.

How the disabled were dehumanised: Laurie Penny on Jody McIntyre
By Laurie Penny - 16 December 11:22

The press coverage of Jody McIntyre suggests that “real” disabled people are not whole human beings.

Laurie Penny: Inside the Parliament Square kettle
By Laurie Penny - 10 December 15:59

The supposed heart of British democracy has become a searing wound of rage and retribution.

Laurie Penny: tell me what a rapist looks like
By Laurie Penny - 09 December 9:33

When talking about Julian Assange, remember: if global justice movements had to rely solely on people of impeccable character to further their cause, we would probably still be trying to end slavery.

Laurie Penny on protesting the Turner Prize: is this the death of irony?
By Laurie Penny - 07 December 8:13

At a swish awards ceremony, the young artists of the future assembled to call out the hypocrisy of the rich.

Student occupiers call on NUS president to stand down
By Laurie Penny - 04 December 11:17

Aaron Porter is "incable of providing leadership".

The day the teenagers turned on Topshop: Laurie Penny reports
By Laurie Penny - 03 December 13:51

What has been stolen from this angry generation? Hope.

Laurie Penny reveals the student plan: play Miliband against Miliband
By Laurie Penny - 01 December 13:19

"If neither listens, then Labour is finished."

Welcome to Erotica: Laurie Penny on Britain’s Gulag of desire
By Laurie Penny - 28 November 18:35

If you had to build a prison for human pleasure, it would look like this.

Laurie Penny: it was no cup of tea inside the Whitehall police kettle
By Laurie Penny - 25 November 16:48

Police violence against children.

The insipid rebellion of the new "rock royalty"
By Laurie Penny - 23 November 11:00

The bloodless brats of pop have nothing to rebel against - sadly they are the role models for a new generation of teenagers.

Laurie Penny: What readers of The Sun swallow with their cornflakes
By Laurie Penny - 17 November 17:00

...and why it's about as funny as the Black and White Minstrel show.

Laurie Penny: What Margaret Thatcher means to my generation
By Laurie Penny - 15 November 15:48

We are living in the shadow not of Thatcher herself, but of Thatcher the icon.

Laurie Penny: The power of the broken window pane at Millbank
By Laurie Penny - 14 November 17:53

Why the Millbank protests are just the beginning.

Laurie Penny: Inside the Millbank Tower student riots
By Laurie Penny - 11 November 11:41

"This is scary but not as scary as what's happening to our future."

Laurie Penny: The 15 best slogans from today's student rally
By Laurie Penny - 10 November 12:45

"Is this the queue for Justin Bieber tickets?"