Laurie Penny is a contributing editor to the New Statesman. She is the author of five books, most recently Unspeakable Things.
Laurie Penny reports from Cairo.
Britain only permits two types of outrage today: dog-whistle disgust for the extremely poor and spanielish devotion to the aristocracy.
In the end, it was in our name.
Laurie Penny has GCSE Latin and a collection of ridiculous hats, plus years of experience dealing with in-fighting and intrigue (on the British Left). There is literally no reason she couldn't be Pope. Except for the Catholic thing. And the woman thing.
We're experiencing a sexual counterrevolution that encompasses a backlash against women’s sexual and reproductive freedom.
It would be nice to think that the rot of rank misogyny was confined to fringe sites populated by lunatics. But it is found all over the web - and it's silencing its victims. Fighting it is not the same as censorship.
In the aftermath of the Leveson report, journalism has changed forever - but it's not because of the inquiry.
When it comes to sexual violence, progressive organisations should not be held to different standards.