Laurie Penny is a contributing editor to the New Statesman. She is the author of five books, most recently Unspeakable Things.
When "debating" on TV or radio, caring about the issue at hand is a handicap – because if you care, your opponent can make you angry, and if you get angry, you’ve lost.
You carry on, writes Laurie Penny.
David Cameron is wrong to try and ban pornography online when the casual objectification of women continues as a decoy for vicious xenophobia and social conservatism in the mainstream media.
Of all future subjects of our new infant overlord, none are more scapegoated than teenage single mums. Let's not forget about them and their children today.
The cruellest thing about the benefits cap is not that it could make thousands of people homeless or force more families to depend on food banks (three of these open every week). It’s that it’s not really about people on benefits at all.
Almost every time I speak to teenagers, particularly to young female students who want to talk to me about feminism, I find myself staggered by how much they have read, how creatively they think and how curiously bullshit-resistant they are.
There’s no reason anyone should be herded into an archaic arrangement that does not work for everybody.
Men grow up expecting to be the hero of their own story. Women grow up expecting to be the supporting actress in somebody else's.
A meeting the Russian punk-protest group.
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