Laurie Penny


Laurie Penny
Laurie Penny is a freelance journalist who blogs regularly for the New Statesman.


A distinctive purpose

16 June 2010 Labour's leadership debate could end up like a competition to be chief executive of an ailing company. But activists are intent on taking it somewhere more interesting. Laurie Penny and Hilary Wainwright did the round of post-election think-ins to find out more

Reclaiming the revolution

29 May 2010 It is right to celebrate the re-emergence of feminism, says Laurie Penny, but we need to build a broad movement that has a clear analysis of the economic basis of women's oppression

Inspirational history, practical handbook

23 August 2009 Ireland's Hidden Diaspora by Ann Rossiter (Irish Abortion Solidarity Campaign), reviewed by Laurie Penny

A fair cop: the police and the public

24 May 2009 Our special feature, to be continued in future issues and on our website, looks at policing - and policing the police - in modern Britain

Something special

5 February 2009 Laurie Penny speaks to Mary Wilson, the longest-standing member of Motown's most successful group, the Supremes

Mrs Chips

14 November 2008 From school meals to school selection policies, Margaret Tulloch has been a tireless campaigner for state education for half a lifetime. She spoke to Laurie Penny

Back to class

24 October 2008 The falling value and rising price of a degree is hitting some harder than others. Laurie Penny looks at what's left of the egalitarian dream of universally accessible education

Only 43 inside

21 October 2008 Whether he's talking about Boris Johnson, the credit crunch or China, Laurie Penny finds Ken Livingstone full of infectious energy - and planning his comeback

Commie Girl in the OC

6 July 2008 Laurie Penny interviews Rebecca Schoenkopf about politics, life, feminism and getting 'finger-fucked' by Hillary Clinton

Disturbing family order

22 May 2008 Laurie Penny interviews the Turkish feminist and author Meltem Arikan

24 reasons for 24 weeks

8 May 2008 MP Nadine Dorries unveiled 20 'reasons' for lowering the abortion limit to 20 weeks. Here Laurie Penny gives 24 reasons why it should remain at 24 weeks

Up for a fight

8 May 2008 The anti-choice lobby, with David Cameron at the helm, has proposed amendments to the abortion law that would target a vulnerable minority of women. Reforms are needed, but to extend rather than restrict women's reproductive freedoms, argues Laurie Penny

Student debt: selling out the next generation

12 February 2008 With student debt spiralling and higher education being reduced to a commodity, Laurie Penny calls for a change of course

Babes without spice

14 December 2007 Laurie Penny explains what it means to have hopes dashed twice, first by the Spice Girls and second by Blair's Babes

Not for little sister

25 October 2007 Laurie Penny finds only middle-class male fantasy in Billie Piper's call girl

Hypertext heroines

4 October 2007 Feminism is back - and this time it's hypertextual. Laurie Penny reports on the new women's spaces on the web