Laurie Penny

Laurie Penny is a columnist for The Independent

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It’s too late for Amanda Todd, but we must out the cyber-bullies

Posting ‘creepshots’ without the subjects’ permission is abuse whatever the law says.

Members of the Greek extreme-right ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn

The Golden Dawn: A love of power and a hatred of difference on the rise in the cradle of democracy

The economic ethos of European neo-fascism, from the Golden Dawn to the British National Party, has historically been anti-neoliberal and anti-globalisation

A protester from an Abortion Rights group campaigning in London

The right time to debate abortion limits, or just the right time for a diversion?

Claiming that the time limit on pregnancy termination needs to be lowered because of advances in medical science is not just factually inaccurate, it's also actively cruel

A protester from an Abortion Rights group campaigning in London

The right time to debate abortion limits, or just the right time for a diversion?

Claiming that the time limit on pregnancy termination needs to be lowered because of advances in medical science is not just factually inaccurate, it's also actively cruel

Why do we care about Megan Stammers from Eastbourne but not "Suzie" from Rochdale?

The authorities knew about the girls’ plight in Rochdale and did nothing. But every girl deserves to be respected, regardless of her background

An Occupy protester is arrested on Broadway during a march to Zuccotti Park at the weekend

Whatever happened to Occupy?

A year ago, thousands converged on Wall Street, leading to a wave of global anti-capitalist protests. Laurie Penny visits Zuccotti Park in New York and talks to the remaining 'Occupiers' trying to rejuvenate the movement

Everyone in Britain who cares about social justice has a duty to resist this failing austerity programme

For the first time in a generation the radical left has both reason and momentum on its side - we all must act to reject this ideological assault

Laurie Penny: We deserve better than this claptrap

Claims that the vagina is 'part of the female soul' are, frankly, insulting

Laurie Penny: It's not rhetoric to draw parallels with Nazism

Actual fascists in actual black shirts are waving swastikas and murdering ethnic minorities in Athens

'He didn't behave like a rapist. And people seemed to think I had asked for it. Did I go to the police? Did I hell. I thought it was my fault'

Laurie Penny: It's nice to think that only evil men are rapists - that it's only pantomime villains with knives in alleyways. But the reality is different

As the story of Julian Assange has unfolded, a disturbing fact has emerged: to many powerful men, some kinds of rape don't count. In a searingly honest piece that some readers will find upsetting, Laurie Penny describes the night she learnt how wrong that assumption is

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
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The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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