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Laurie Penny

Laurie Penny is a journalist, an author, a feminist and a net denizen. She is Contributing Editor at New Statesman magazine, and writes and speaks on social justice, pop culture, gender issues and digital politics for The Guardian, The Independent, Vice, Salon, The Nation, The New Inquiry and many more. She is the author of Cybersexism, Penny Red and Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism, as well as Discordia: Six Nights in Crisis Athens, co-authored with Molly Crabapple. Her forthcoming book, Unspeakable Things, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2014. In 2010, at the age of 23, she was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing. She is a frequent guest on national television and radio, has appeared on Question Time, Any Questions and Newsnight for the BBC, as well as Al-Jazeera and Democracy Now, and has given talks at the Oxford Union and the London School of Economics.

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Olga Berkovskyhar citeratför 2 år sedan
The feminist revolution and the digital revolution have grown up together, and are both incomplete. They pose fundamental, frightening questions about the nature and organisation of human society that are deeply scary to those in power, and in both cases, the backlash is on.
Olga Berkovskyhar citeratför 2 år sedan
I began to write compulsively, in paper notebooks, because computers and smartphones were forbidden. I wrote late into the night and just for myself in a messy, spidery hand that I never showed to anyone, because it was purely mine. Years later when I saw the film Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen’s account of being treated in a women’s mental hospital in the 1960s, I was startled that the protagonist does the same, writing frantically in longhand like the pen is a shovel digging her out of the shallow grave of social mores where she’s been buried alive. I wonder if this is why many women write, because it allows us to breathe.
Olga Berkovskyhar citeratför 2 år sedan
Perhaps one reason that women writers and technologists have, so far, the calmest and most comprehensive understanding of what surveillance technology really does to the human condition is that women grow up being watched. We grow up learning that someone is always looking at us and checking for misbehaviour, checking that our skirts are long enough, our thighs tight enough, our grades good enough, our voices soft enough. Whether or not anyone is actually watching and checking at any particular moment is less important than the fact that they might be, and if a lapse is observed the penalties will be dire.

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