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About Laurie Penny

Laurie Penny is a journalist and activist.

Articles by Laurie Penny

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Rosemary Bechler is a mainsite editor of openDemocracy

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Audio: New media and the British commentariat

The British media is exceptional in its status as part of the political class. But with the newsroom becoming defunct as a site of cultural production, and models of journalistic authority breaking down, this role is threatened. Laurie Penny and James Butler discuss, hosted by Aaron Peters.

Panic on the streets of London

Britain is a tinderbox, and on Friday, somebody lit a match. What are we going to do now?

You say you want a revolution....

In July an OurKingdom exchange prefigured the current protest of young people across Britain: "There can be no question that the conditions are right for a youth movement.... The young people of Britain are suffering brutal, insulting socio-economic oppression. A radical youth movement requires direct action...". "I believe we should be allying ourselves with all those who feel oppression, not just those of a similar demographic....". "I’m quite serious in calling for revolutionary sentiment. We need to understand how badly we have been let down by the system, because one day we are going to be in charge of that system."

UK election: Women Going Backwards

New Labour seemed to have a strong feminist component when it came to power in 1997, its legacy is a rollback of women's influence in British politics made painfully evident by the general election.

Feminists need to get smart over the sale of sex

As feminism begins a much needed comeback divisions over the sale of sex damage the larger cause but shouldn't, a survey from the blogger Penny Red.

Thinly veiled misogyny

As French President Nicolas Sarkozy attempts to drive through a ban on the niqab and burqa, Laurie Penny describes how the Islamic veil has become yet another item of women’s clothing for men to fight over for their own ends
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