Laurie Penny

Laurie Penny is a journalist, author, feminist, reprobate. Lives in a little hovel room somewhere in London, mainly eating toast and trying to set the world to rights. Drinks too much tea. Has still not managed to quit smoking.

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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 1:30pm
Emergency Surveillance Law: Cameron's Cynical Appeal to the Three of the Four Horsemen of the Infocalypse
Illegal spying is illegal, except when it isn't. It has just been announced that a highly unusual emergency law will retroactively provide a legal basis for collecting the data and internet browsing history of all British citizens. The hastily-announced Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill...
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A shattered window at the crime scene in Isla Vista. (Photo: Getty) Views
Monday, May 26, 2014 - 9:30am
Let's Call the Isla Vista Killings What They Were: Misogynist Extremism
It’s time to call misogynist extremism by its name. On Friday night, a young man went on a massacre in Santa Barbara that left six other people dead and seven injured. In the hours before the massacre, the suspect, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger , had uploaded a video to YouTube titled “Retribution”. In...
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Emily Letts in this screen shot. Abortion should be available on demand, without restrictions, for everyone who needs it. (Image: YouTube) Views
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 7:15am
Abortion Should Be Free, Safe and Legal – For Everyone
What does a good abortion look like? A few months ago, Emily Letts, a 25-year-old American clinic worker, filmed her surgical abortion and posted the video on the internet. In the clip, Letts smiles and hums throughout the procedure, which she chose to have simply because she did not want to bear a...
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Friday, January 10, 2014 - 9:07am
To Save a Generation from Despair, It’s Not Enough to Hassle Them into Low-Paying Jobs
It is difficult to quantify despair. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve ever filled in one of those strange little forms that require you, with helpful tick-boxes, to rank your mood from sunny to suicidal.
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Friday, January 3, 2014 - 11:38am
David Cameron's Internet Porn Filter Is the Start of Censorship Creep
Picture the scene. You're pottering about on the internet, perhaps idly looking up cake recipes, or videos of puppies learning to howl. Then the phone rings.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 7:17am
If You're a Feminist You'll Be Called a Man-Hater. You Don't Need Rebranding
Nobody likes a feminist.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 11:27am
The G8 Comes to the 'New Northern Ireland', a Place Where no Dissent Will Be Tolerated
In Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, the streets are full of fake shop-fronts, designed to give the impression that empty stores are still selling things. Some of them are so realistic that locals have attempted to walk through doors that turn out to be painted on. The small Northern Irish town has 4.8 per cent unemployment, with an 82 per cent rise in redundancies last year, and a population of 14,000, plus about 3,000 police from all over Britain, plus a protest camp.
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Friday, May 31, 2013 - 12:03pm
'Check Your Privilege' and Other Terms the Uber Privileged Don't Like
Louise Mensch is confused. The erstwhile MP and professional gadfly has published a blogpost decrying "privilege checking", and longing to return to a species of "reality-based" feminism where everyone would stop bothering her about class, race and money. That's the sort of reality Conservatives tend to prefer.
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Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 9:55am
Where Are the Activists as Austerity Bites? They Have Been Beaten Back
First they came for the students. This week, 12 vanloads of police arrived at Sussex University, in collaboration with management, to evict students who had been occupying a room on campus for eight weeks.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 6:30am
The Courage of the Vigilante Feminists is Contagious
'I'm sick of being ashamed." Three days ago, an anti-harassment activist said those words to me in a flat above Cairo's Tahrir square, as she pulled on her makeshift uniform ready to protect women on the protest lines from being raped in the street .
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