Laurie Penny

Learning About Feminism: My Mum and Laurie Penny

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ioan Marc Jones

My mum seemed to embody what I believed to be the stereotypically oppressed woman. In my youthful naivety, I assumed that nine to five employment was the sole source of female empowerment and that my mum had therefore abandoned any claim to feminism. I told her all this, of course, and she proceeded to correct my assumptions.

Muslim Veil NHS Debate Goes Wider than Religious Freedom

Alex Rickets | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Rickets

In recent days the niqab - a facial veil worn by some Muslim women - has once again become the subject of intense media attention. The latest reincarnation of this issue began several weeks ago when a Muslim defendant refused to remove the headwear standing trial at Blackfriars Crown Court...

Laurie Penny and the Oppression of Women

Tony Mckenna | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Mckenna

'All men are implicated in a culture of sexism' - says Laurie, and this is a 'challenge'. But any such challenge is profoundly divisive. It is as divisive as saying all white people are implicated in a culture of racism.

Netizens Come Together Against Online Harassment of women

Marcela Kunova | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Tech
Marcela Kunova

Virtually every woman who publicly contributes to a political debate is subjected to virulent and largely anonymous online invective, or "trolling". But it is far more than simply readers' feedback. Trolling is intended to make women shut up - and to remind them their primary purpose is to be there for male sexual pleasure. Or not to be in public life at all.

Slut-Shaming, Victim-Blaming, Grace Dent and Kids Today

Sian S. Rathore | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sian S. Rathore

It's easy to decry the problems of today's youth with a voice of condescension that harks back to the good old days but conversely it's also easy to forget the problems of the past when using this line of debate.

What Can You Say?

Judi Sutherland | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Judi Sutherland

Transgender people might be one of the last oppressed minorities. If Ms Burchill's rant had been directed against black or Asian people, homosexual people, Jews, or Muslims, I am pretty sure it would have been met with the full force of the law.

Miller, Hunt and the Irrelevance of Viability to the Abortion Debate

Craig Purshouse | Posted 07.12.2012 | UK Politics
Craig Purshouse

Debating the science of when a foetus is viable rather than the relevance of viability itself implicitly accepts that a late-stage foetus's claim on existence outweighs the mother's right to bodily autonomy.

Fair Pay Campus Campaign: The Spirit of the HE Sector?

Zain Sardar | Posted 17.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Zain Sardar

While inequality in parts of private sector are associated with a breakdown of social ties, bonds, alienation and the soulless insouciance of high financiers and captains of enterprise we need to put our foot down and say this is not the vision we want for higher education.

Gay Marriage, Laurie Penny, and the State of Comment

Rupert Myers | Posted 11.07.2012 | UK Politics
Rupert Myers

Laurie Penny fails to present a nuanced article on why same-sex marriage should be legalised. She derides and underestimates her opponents on an issue with which deserves a mature discussion, wielding the sword of class and culture warfare.

The Week That Was: The Dark Side of Twitter

Carla Buzasi | Posted 06.07.2012 | UK
Carla Buzasi

Twitter, at its best, is a great way to massage your ego (ooh, 15 more followers!), or given my day job, chat with readers (they loved X feature on the site, they thought Y was dull, or words to that effect) and, as I wrote last week, to get breaking news out quickly. At its worst, as Conservative MP Louise Mensch highlighted this week, it's a hot-bed of misogynistic idiots using it to abuse, scare and lambast women in the public eye in the crudest manner possible.