Laurie Penny

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 31, 2013
'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 04, 2013
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
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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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Russia's Ban on US Adoption Isn't About Children's Rights
Russia and the US are squabbling over whose human rights abuses are bigger. After the US signed the Magnitsky Act, which blacklists any Russian deemed to be a human rights violator, Russia has retaliated by barring American couples from adopting Russian children , 60,000 of whom have found new families in the US since 1992.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Golden Dawn: Neo-Fascists Rise in a Greece Mired in Austerity Pain
“Wrap it up, you little faggots!” The huge bald man in blue screams at theatregoers on a public street in Athens. He is flanked by police, who do nothing to stop him hurling his racist, homophobic vitriol. “You little hooker, your time is up!" You f**ing Albanian asshole!"
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Thursday, March 08, 2012
That's Enough Politeness – Women Need to Rise Up in Anger
To get into the UN Commission on the Status of Women, you have to get past several ranks of large armed men. In the foyer, you can buy UN women-themed hats and tote bags, and pick up glossy pamphlets about this year's International Women's Day, but what you can't pick up is the slightest sense of urgency.
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Sunday, December 04, 2011
A New York Spider Gave Me an Insight into US Private Healthcare
It started with a spider. Someone with a taste for narrative justice might call it retribution, but there's really no moral correlation between the wisdom of absconding with a relative stranger after a party and waking up the next morning in Brooklyn with a rash of poisonous bites on your arm. When the angels of sexual continence want to punish you, they send crabs not spiders.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Occupy Wall Street: Police Violence Reveals a Corrupt System
At four in the morning in lower Manhattan, as what remains of the Occupy Wall Street encampment is loaded into trash compacters, some protesters have still not given up on the police. Kevin Sheneberger tries to engage one NYPD officer in a serious debate about the role of law enforcement in public protest. Then he sees them loading his friend's tent into the back of a rubbish truck. Behind him, a teenage girl holds a hastily written sign saying: "NYPD, we trusted you – you were supposed to protect us!"
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Monday, October 17, 2011
Across the World, a New Spirit Took Hold – Power Was Taken Back by the People
Something enormous happened on Saturday night. In over a thousand towns and cities around the world, people from all walks of life took to the streets and occupied the squares in an international "day of action" against austerity and corporate greed. In Madrid, I watched 60,000 stamp and cheer in Puerta del Sol as protesters took over a nearby building and dropped a banner reading "Somos El 99%" ("we are the 99 per cent"), a slogan from the Occupy Wall Street movement which has become a mantra for new global resistance.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
This Is a Class War Disguised as a Generation War
With youth unemployment set to nudge past the million marker, it's worth reflecting on what being out of work means for the 18-to 24-year-olds who have failed to find employment since the crash of 2008. Bright young people who left school or university with high hopes have had their ambitions dashed, finding only temporary, part-time work outside their chosen field, if they have found work at all.
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