No, I Will Not Debate You

Civility will never defeat fascism, no matter what The Economist thinks.

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 18, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,795 words)

The Queer Art of Failing Better

Laurie Penny on Queer Eye: “It’s not about queerness at all. It’s actually about the disaster of heterosexuality—and what, if anything, can be salvaged from its ruins.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jul 24, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,054 words)

The Great Stink

It’s time for men to stop worrying about who they are, and start thinking about what they do.

Source: Longreads
Published: Feb 14, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,270 words)

We’re Not Done Here

How the MeToo movement became a feminist sexual revolution.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 18, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,764 words)

The Consent of the (Un)Governed

“The search for a more human understanding of power and consent is not simply stage-dressing for a bigger fight. It is the big fight. It’s all about the grabby old men, and it always has been.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 5, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,881 words)

The Slow Confiscation of Everything

Climate apocalypse: a coming calamity that’s morally different from nuclear exchange in a way we haven’t yet dealt with.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Feb 17, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,497 words)

Meltdown of the Phantom Snowflakes

“When I fight back, though, when I continue to write about injustice in the face of the bullying campaigns that are daily life for every female activist I have met, precisely when I feel strongest—that’s when I’m told I’m weak. A crybaby. Special snowflake. Whiner…

As politics turn darker, these slurs have become weaponized. Something bigger is going on.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jan 4, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,775 words)

Fear of a Feminist Future

Laurie Penny—whose feminist dystopian novel Everything Belongs to the Future was released this week—considers the alt right’s fear of women heroes in futuristic literature and film, not to mention real life.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Oct 17, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2,797 words)

American Horror Story

“When I was a child, I always half-suspected that America wasn’t real.” Laurie Penny goes back stage at both conventions, and sees American myth-making in action.

Source: Medium
Published: Jul 28, 2016
Length: 7 minutes (1,902 words)

Life-Hacks of the Poor and Aimless

How wellness and self-care turned into a sinister (and expensive) ideology.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jul 8, 2016
Length: 9 minutes (2,433 words)