The feminist, socialist, hilarious writer, who also goes by the name Penny Red, has this smart and comic reading of the "Fifty Shades" brouhaha.
In response to a vulnerable personal comment on "nerd trauma and male privilege" published by MIT professor Scott Aaronson, New Statesman editor and columnist Laurie Penny wrote a compassionate and highly desirable essay on the experiences of pain, frustration and loneliness common to both nerdy males and females in general.
When violent eruptions like the killings in Santa Barbara on May 23 happen, discussions in the news often -- as they have in this case -- focus on individual culpability as well as the assumed (and often substantiated) mental illness of the perpetrator.
Rather than engaging "a transgressive subculture that embodies many of the internet’s most celebrated radical qualities," New Statesman editor Laurie Penny in her new book "blames the misogyny of geek counterculture on a host of unhip and easily mocked caricatures: conservatives, jocks, tabloids and traditional mainstream masculinity."
In the modern-day discussion about misogyny, women are often accused of “reverse sexism.” This is usually because they apply their arguments about gender bias to “all men” and it hurts some people’s feelings. What if that’s the point?
Many women deal with verbal abuse their whole lives -- at home, at work or merely walking down the street. Now, some U.K. writers are meeting with a deluge of Internet threats for speaking their minds in public arenas.
As austerity pushed by Britain's Tory government whittles away jobs and benefits and increases poverty and despair, many Brits are asking where the resistance is. Journalist Laurie Penny knows: "There was resistance, and it was brutally and systematically put down."
Every social movement needs to guard against the inevitable attempts of mainstream media sources to warp its message, defend its targets and recast its members as lazy, crazy or fringy malcontents Luckily for the Occupy movement, British journalist Laurie Penny is more than capable of taking on, and taking down (more) .
A rich banker who appears to have learned none of the lessons of 20th-century economic history A newscaster who snickers at an impassioned argument And a reporter dismissed as a young girl who will one day learn better This exchange between a former Goldman Sachs executive, a BBC correspondent and British journalist Laurie Penny (more)This exchange has the makings of an iconic moment for a generation struggling against a class that simply won’t listen.