Laurie Penny is a contributing editor to the New Statesman. She is the author of five books, most recently Unspeakable Things.
Orwell was wrong, the English will accept a far-right government, so long as it’s dressed up in silliness and accompanied by a farting trombone.
Advertising is one of the areas where profound cultural battles are played out in public
There is nothing we can do to make normal or “appropriate” the death of a dear friend, or a beloved public figure.
Gender policing is all about the little things – trying to limit women through rules about beauty and dress and behaviour. But little things become big things, and it’s vital we fight the battles that make a difference.
San Francisco is awash with tech money. Yet this city of innovation is also a place where you have to step over the homeless to buy a $20 artisan coffee.
From Vox to 538, white guys get feted as the future of journalism while everyone else gets attacked and dismissed.
Civilisation as we know it could collapse in 15 years, something which is reflected in the viewing habits of today’s kids.
The mindset that believes, against all evidence, that governments are just desperate to give money to anyone who isn’t white, male and a citizen.
Attacking women’s rights isn’t just a diversion tactic. It’s a bid for votes from cultural conservatives.
Mainstream media have, until recently, been hostile to geeks – who have been hostile back. How do we break the cycle?