Pop culture, politics and feminism


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 on the BBC's Sherlock: I'm tired of stories about clever white men and how special they are
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.

Laurie Penny: We need a retroactive graduate tax
By Laurie Penny - 15 July 17:43

Vince Cable’s plans are bold and progressive, but could go further to reduce inequality.

Laurie Penny: Sarah Palin’s video - what was left unsaid?
By Laurie Penny - 13 July 16:11

It’s hard to put your finger on what is wrong with Palin’s “Mama Grizzly” video.

Laurie Penny: Why does my generation seem so spineless?
By Laurie Penny - 12 July 17:50

The baby boomers could risk rebellion. Not so for Generation Y.

Laurie Penny: Gender divide in the recession?
By Laurie Penny - 10 July 16:02

Mancession? Get real. Let's not waste time naming 'winners' and 'losers'

Laurie Penny: Internship auctions and a lost generation
By Laurie Penny - 07 July 13:09

To criticism that a lot of people could be priced out, the response is, “That’s life.”

“Britain’s Next Top Model” is a cultural crash in slow-mo
By Laurie Penny - 04 July 11:24

. . . which is precisely what makes it such shockingly good television.

Laurie Penny: Digital Politics - Replacing 'unnecessary laws'
By Laurie Penny - 01 July 14:40

It’s time to ditch the Digital Economy Act

Conservative Budget Cuts: An Assault on single mothers
By Laurie Penny - 29 June 11:52

The Budget is a direct threat to all women who believe their future should not depend on the ability to procreate

Laurie Penny: Face the facts, Labour’s fingerprints were all over the Budget
By Laurie Penny - 25 June 18:47

Osborne may have smacked us in the face, but Harman, Darling and co stabbed us in the back.

Laurie Penny: Blogger's Revolution - Taking Control with Digital Media
By Laurie Penny - 22 June 10:23

Bloggers aren’t out to take away the jobs of highly paid columnists: we’re more ambitious than that.

Laurie Penny: An ideological case for abortion on demand.
By Laurie Penny - 18 June 12:28

Women shouldn’t apologise for having abortions

Laurie Penny: The Importance of Feminism
By Laurie Penny - 16 June 11:00

Daily Mail asks women: “Are you a mother or a lover?”

Laurie Penny: John Gray's “all-new” science fiction reading list
By Laurie Penny - 14 June 19:24

John Gray’s article names not a single woman writer, nor any writer of colour.

Laurie Penny: Forming a Youth Movement
By Laurie Penny - 12 June 11:35

Time to end this atomised politics

Laurie Penny: Why I despise the World Cup
By Laurie Penny - 11 June 17:02

Who cares about a bunch of misogynist jocks tossing a ball around? Football is commodified nationalism that excludes more than half the population.

Laurie Penny: Hey Baby - Playing out feminism's fantasy
By Laurie Penny - 07 June 18:12

Hey Baby’s not big or clever, but boy is it cathartic

Laurie Penny: Films like The Killer Inside Me are part of a weary language of blithe, murderous complicity
By Laurie Penny - 03 June 19:21

There is nothing edgy or iconoclastic about violence against women.

Laurie Penny on Niall Ferguson and the curriculum: Michael Gove and the imperialists
By Laurie Penny - 01 June 19:19

By inviting Niall Ferguson to revise the history curriculum, the Tories reveal their nostalgia for imperialism.

Laurie Penny on the Burqa: a modesty slip for misogyny
By Laurie Penny - 29 May 12:35

It is patriarchy rather than religion that oppresses women across the world.