Laurie Penny is a contributing editor to the New Statesman. She is the author of five books, most recently Unspeakable Things.
The mindset that believes, against all evidence, that governments are just desperate to give money to anyone who isn’t white, male and a citizen.
Attacking women’s rights isn’t just a diversion tactic. It’s a bid for votes from cultural conservatives.
Mainstream media have, until recently, been hostile to geeks – who have been hostile back. How do we break the cycle?
The Met wants the weapon ready for use this summer. But the question should not be why now but why at all.
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.
We notice you have ad blocking software enabled. Support the New Statesman’s quality, independent journalism by contributing now — and this message will disappear for the next 30 days.
If we cannot support the site on advertising revenue, we will have to introduce a pay wall — meaning fewer readers will have access to our incisive analysis, comprehensive culture coverage and groundbreaking long reads.