Laurie Penny is a contributing editor to the New Statesman. She is the author of five books, most recently Unspeakable Things.
The normalisation of exploitation is the real scandal here.
When somebody is paid to say the worst possible thing, it allows someone else to say the next worst.
There is plenty of "awareness" of eating disorders in the media but just as much complicity in the idea that starvation is a legitimate expression of female distress, says Laurie Penny.
Laurie Penny's eyebrow-raising encounter with a media studies professor at Occupy Wall Street.
Twitter to the left of me, Daily Mail to the right: here I am, stuck in the middle.
Anglo-American culture has never had a problem with sex - as long as it is carefully managed.
Racist, sexist or homophobic banter draws its lazy humour from exclusion.
This is not history. This is masturbation.
Britain is being refashioned into a nation which believes that helping the needy is morally and fiscally wrong.
Whether it's tweeting about his enemies, or using his children as advisers, Donald J Trump is not a conventional president. We need a strong media to hold the new US president - and other world leaders - to account.
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