Laurie Penny

Laurie Penny is a contributing editor to the New Statesman. She is the author of five books, most recently Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies, and Revolutions.

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Friday, May 13, 2016 - 2:15pm
The New Chauvinists Try to Defend Women – But Who Will Defend Us from Them?
It’s a miracle. All over the world, conservatives and curtain-twitching bigots have taken up the cause of fighting violence against women. From Donald Trump, vowing to protect white Americans from “rapist” Mexican migrants, to European far-right groups that are mustering against the supposed Muslim...
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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 1:15pm
Why Game of Thrones is the Perfect Show for the Modern Age
By now, it feels as if George R R Martin – the author of Game of Thrones , narrative sadist and ruiner of all things beautiful and good – has been appointed scriptwriter for the news. I am not the first to observe this. Martin is famous for killing off everyone’s favourite characters and sending...
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Friday, April 15, 2016 - 3:45pm
What Would Society Look Like with Universal Basic Income?
What would you do if somebody gave you a few hundred pounds each month to spend on whatever you wanted? Would you quit your job? Retrain and look for a better one? Spend more time with your kids? Get those vital repairs done on your house? Eat better food? I’m not trying to taunt you. Asking anyone...
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Friday, March 18, 2016 - 2:45pm
What We Talk about When We Talk about Millennials
has been eight years since the Great Recession, and the current economic crisis has become a permanent state of exception. Early this month, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation released a damning report on prospects for young adults around the world. The condensed version is that we don’t have many. For...
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Friday, February 19, 2016 - 11:30am
Why the Rest of the World Should Get a Vote in the Greatest Reality TV Show on Earth – the US Election
e’re only halfway through, and I’m already sick of the US presidential race. As reality television goes, it’s a hackneyed format. The narrative is childish and simplistic. And if I want to watch a bunch of interchangeable thuggish white men and the occasional token minority making terrifying...
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Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:30pm
This is the New Front in the Battle to Control Women’s Bodies
For several weeks, YouTube has been reminding me to hurry up and have a baby. In a moment of guilt over all the newspapers I read online for free, I turned off my ad-blocking software and now I can’t play a simple death metal album without having to sit through 30 seconds of sensible women with...
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Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 12:00pm
After Cologne, We Can't Let the Bigots Steal Feminism
In a perverse sort of way, it's progress. After months of dog-whistle xenophobia, European authorities have finally started to treat migrants as they would treat any other citizen. They have achieved this by choosing not to make a fuss when migrants are accused of raping and assaulting women. On...
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Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 11:45am
There’s Nothing Funny About a Donald Trump Rally
It’s a warm December night in South Carolina and we’re about to see Donald Trump speak on a ship that goes nowhere. We’ve been waiting for an hour and a half in a line that snakes around the car-park of the USS Yorktown , an aircraft carrier that Team Trump has rented out for tonight’s rally. The...
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Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 10:00am
Utopia Now: Why There’s Never Been a More Urgent Time to Dream of a Better World
There are many cruel and routine lies we tell to children but perhaps the most indicative is this: if you tell anyone your wish, it won’t come true. Whether it’s your birthday or you’ve just seen a shooting star, you’re not supposed to articulate your desires, because if you do, they’ll blow out...
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Friday, November 20, 2015 - 10:30am
If the West Closes Its Borders, the Terrorists Will Have Won
The morning after the murders, the people of Paris queued up to open their veins. In the days after terrorists from the apocalyptic cult calling itself Islamic State had slaughtered 129 people in Paris and 43 people in Beirut, ordinary Parisians queued for hours to give blood, even though the...
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