Laurie Penny is a contributing editor to the New Statesman. She is the author of five books, most recently Unspeakable Things.
Hatred of the mainstream media was a theme at both the Republican and Democratic conventions. Yet how much of the incipient cartoon fascism on show was our fault?
Beaches are dreadful places. Maybe it would just be easier to ban them.
The Daily Mail would have you believe that polyamory is all wild orgies. Think more tea and washing up rotas.
The debate over gender in sport shows just how difficult it is to draw a sharp distinction between male and female bodies.
I have spent the day being told I should be pleased that the future leader of my country will be female. This is the feminist revolution in the same way that the Charge of the Light Brigade was a military triumph.
This was never a referendum on the EU. It was a referendum on the modern world.
True, drugs can also be dangerous - but criminalising them makes them even more so.
We owe it to Jo Cox not to write off her death as an act of affectless terrorism or meaningless madness.
At the Soho vigil for the Orlando shooting victims, I watched the balloons rise, and I felt it go: the razor-edge of my rage I’d been slicing myself against all day.
The reason why nobody in either the Leave or the Remain camp can come up with a strong and positive story is that right now there is no strong, positive story to tell.
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