Laurie Penny is a contributing editor to the New Statesman. She is the author of five books, most recently Unspeakable Things.
There is a reason David Cameron is allowed to hold office when everyone assumes he spent the 1980s getting up to weird things with pork, but Jeremy Corbyn is considered unelectable because he didn’t sing the national anthem last week.
For centuries, there was a quota for the representation of men in politics. It was 100 per cent.
Title yourself “Mx” on your gas bill, because small acts of linguistic rebellion can change the world.
No sick person responds to their diagnosis by thinking, “I can scam taxpayers for £73 a week!”
So, there’s a pill to make women want sex? Feminism is all the Viagra I will ever need.
At long last, the left is asking itself whether power without principle is worth having.
Behold: a Britain where a woman has to convince jobcentre staff she’s been raped so that her child can eat.
The greatest threat to our “way of life” is not migration. It is that we will swallow the lie that some human lives matter less than others.
I asked my new friends if I could stay for a few days whilst my landlords dealt with a rat problem. I ended up staying forever.
It’s easy to criticise call-out culture. It’s harder to look into your own heart and ask if you can do better.
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