Laurie Penny is a contributing editor to the New Statesman. She is the author of five books, most recently Unspeakable Things.
For some time now, misogynist extremism has been excused, as all acts of terrorism committed by white men are excused, as an aberration, as the work of random loons, not real men at all. Why are we denying the existence of a pattern?
The British royal family is already the longest-running and most successful reality television series on the planet.
In the mainstream press, it is common for newscasters to warn viewers if they are about to see "potentially distressing" content. So why is there such resistance to trigger warnings - which encourage openness and honesty, rather than shutting down debate?
Nobody should have to play the frightened victim to make basic choices about her future.
The mayor of London is not the first to throw a tantrum over ‘call-out culture’ in a growing backlash against online communities condemning racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic behaviour.
You know, and I know, that exams are an awful hazing ritual, but to beat the system you must first learn how to play it.
Orwell was wrong, the English will accept a far-right government, so long as it’s dressed up in silliness and accompanied by a farting trombone.
Advertising is one of the areas where profound cultural battles are played out in public
There is nothing we can do to make normal or “appropriate” the death of a dear friend, or a beloved public figure.
Gender policing is all about the little things – trying to limit women through rules about beauty and dress and behaviour. But little things become big things, and it’s vital we fight the battles that make a difference.
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