Laurie Penny is a contributing editor to the New Statesman. She is the author of five books, most recently Unspeakable Things.
Hundreds of female asylum-seekers are housed in Yarl’s Wood. They have done nothing wrong, so why are we locking them up?
To preserve rape culture, society at large has to believe that women systematically lie about rape.
In mainstream culture, white, straight, middle-class women don’t get to speak about their experience without having it universalised and made meaningless in the process - but black women, poor women and queer women usually don’t get to speak about their experiences at all
Choosing to behave consciously as if the sexual attention of men is not my top priority has made more of a difference to how my life has turned out than I ever imagined.
When political historians are dusting off the gravestone of Lord Rennard’s Liberal Democrats, I doubt it will read “killed by feminism”.
Liberals around the world in shock as Pope revealed to be Catholic, and have strong anti-abortion views.
Whose wankfest is this anyway? The BBC's Sherlock doesn’t just engage with fan fiction - it is fan fiction.
The most important political battles are fought on the territory of the imagination. Young and unemployed people need to know: you are more than your inability to find a job.
We should be jealous of the ten-year-olds who will grow up to tracks like Beyoncé's "Flawless", when all we had was the Spice Girls' "Wannabe".