Pop culture, politics and feminism


Laurie Penny: Poppy Day is the opium of the people
By Laurie Penny - 07 November 9:31

A million paper flowers will never be enough to mop up the carnage of war.

Laurie Penny: Teenage Girls and the Pill
By Laurie Penny - 02 November 15:00

Objecting to young girls having access to the Pill is part of frantic cultural paranoia about female sexuality.

Strictly Come Scrounging, anyone?
By Laurie Penny - 30 October 15:02

The X Factor vision of society blames the poor for their predicament.

Insurrection on Oxford Street: Laurie Penny on the Vodafone protest
By Laurie Penny - 27 October 16:37

"The next five years can't just be about marching on Whitehall to hear Tony Benn speak"

Laurie Penny: Sexy Costumes for Dogs
By Laurie Penny - 26 October 14:27

The glut of tacky Hallowe'en costumes has spread beyond humans.

Laurie Penny: The Chancellor’s an economic sadist – and we love it
By Laurie Penny - 22 October 17:17

There's something about punishment and hierarchy that holds a guilty appeal for the British public.

Labour let us down yesterday: Laurie Penny reports from A&E
By Laurie Penny - 21 October 12:03

The grim truth is that nobody in the Labour Party has any answers.

Let's not be mawkish about Maggie Thatcher
By Laurie Penny - 19 October 23:19

Margaret Thatcher may be ill, but her legacy has never been healthier.

Laurie Penny on Breast Cancer Awareness Month: The sexy way to die
By Laurie Penny - 15 October 13:16

The capitalist delusions of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Laurie Penny on rising tuition fees: A breathtaking attack on social mobility
By Laurie Penny - 12 October 17:30

Lifting the cap on tuition fees isn't just an attack on young people -- it's much, much worse than that.

Laurie Penny on The X Factor: Gamu Nhengu and the importance of empathy
By Laurie Penny - 09 October 11:40

The plight of the X Factor hopeful reminds us of the power of reality television.

Laurie Penny: A divided society
By Laurie Penny - 05 October 11:50

The chasm in our society is no longer between left and right, but between rich and poor.

Laurie Penny on The Social Network: Facebook, capitalism and geek entitlement
By Laurie Penny - 01 October 13:13

The Social Network is an elegant psychodrama of contemporary economics.

Labour's lost generation takes the reigns: Laurie Penny on why we need rampant idealism
By Laurie Penny - 28 September 12:22

It is time for the young left to stop schmoozing and get on with what it does best.

A tale of three parties: Laurie Penny sobers up over Labour
By Laurie Penny - 27 September 12:46

The British left is finally knocking back the Alka-Seltzer of humility and stumbling to its feet.

Laurie Penny: Lessons from the Pope Protest
By Laurie Penny - 24 September 12:24

Now the Pope has gone home, the left needs to rediscover the courage of its convictions.

Laurie Penny: The use of "curvy" models is hardly progress
By Laurie Penny - 23 September 9:58

This does not make it one jot easier for troubled young women to live in our own skin.

Laurie Penny: The welfare cuts will destroy lives
By Laurie Penny - 19 September 19:30

Why the coalition's welfare plans are damaging and dangerous.

Laurie Penny: Proud to say nope to the Pope
By Laurie Penny - 17 September 9:54

Those planning to protest the Pope's visit are not instinctively anti-Catholic. But justice demands that we challenge religious oppression.

Laurie Penny: On Lady Gaga and that meat dress
By Laurie Penny - 15 September 16:57

Upsetting vegetarians was only part of the point of this ensemble.

Laurie Penny on the Sabbar Kushur verdict: Zionism, chauvinism and the nature of rape
By Laurie Penny - 12 September 19:42

New details change everything — and nothing — about the verdict.

Laurie Penny on Tony Blair's The Journey: Bring the political classes to book
By Laurie Penny - 11 September 14:02

Moving Tony Blair's autobiography in bookshops shows that young people are not willing to be sold the wrong story.

Laurie Penny: Don’t judge Catholics by the Pope
By Laurie Penny - 09 September 13:26

Despite evidence to the contrary, there are still people doing beautiful things in the name of religion.

Laurie Penny: Let’s exchange our Blitz mentality for the spirit of ’68
By Laurie Penny - 08 September 9:54

Invoking the Blitz implies that there are no alternatives to the coming austerity.

Laurie Penny on The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo: Girls, tattoos and men who hate women
By Laurie Penny - 05 September 11:47

The real problem with sensationalising misogyny is that misogyny is not sensational.

Laurie Penny: Girls, exams and employment — a race to the bottom
By Laurie Penny - 29 August 10:30

Girls outperform boys in education and graduate employment — but feminists have no reason to celebrate.

Laurie Penny on Climate Camp: The revolution will be civilised
By Laurie Penny - 26 August 17:17

Does Climate Camp show us the future of youth activism?

Laurie Penny: As they welcome their new daughter, the Camerons should think of the children
By Laurie Penny - 24 August 18:45

The Camerons might consider how coalition cuts will affect the babies born in Britain today