Pop culture, politics and feminism


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 reins
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: rampant idealism

A tale of three parties
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

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 Sabbar Kushur 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

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

As they welcome their new daughter, the Camerons should consider how coalition cuts will affect the babies born in Britain today

Laurie Penny: Climate Camp v RBS
By Laurie Penny - 22 August 18:03

On the front line of the eco-war.

Laurie Penny: Iranian women are being co-opted into a Nato narrative pointing towards invasion
By Laurie Penny - 18 August 11:48

The west must not use women’s rights to justify war

Laurie Penny: The housing gap
By Laurie Penny - 15 August 10:57

For the rich and the middle-aged, property remains a commodity fetish.

Laurie Penny on Mad Men: Airbrushing the truth about women
By Laurie Penny - 12 August 9:19

The equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone, wants us to embrace Mad Men’s curvy secretary Joan as a role model. Wrong choice, right idea.

Laurie Penny at the Young Britons' Foundation: Undercover with the young Conservatives
By Laurie Penny - 08 August 10:10

The sexual appeal of Margaret Thatcher, “the bloody Lib Dems” and the true meaning of “the big society"

Laurie Penny: No shit, Sherlock
By Laurie Penny - 03 August 16:08

We need to stop rehashing tired formulations of hierarchy and privilege and start telling some new stories

Laurie Penny: What the Ian Tomlinson case tells us about the police
By Laurie Penny - 22 July 14:10

When it comes to the relationship between law enforcement and citizens, it’s still a one-way street.

Laurie Penny: Caster Semenya’s pink T-shirt
By Laurie Penny - 18 July 13:05

The fashion statement couldn’t have been clearer.