Laurie Penny (born 28 September 1986) is a British columnist, blogger and author who writes for the New Statesman. She has a feminist and left wing perspective: "Socialism without feminism, after all, is no socialism worth having".
Penny's blog, "Penny Red", was launched in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2010. (The name Penny Red refers to a Victorian stamp.) She began her career as a staff writer at One in Four magazine and then worked as a reporter and sub-editor for the socialist newspaper Morning Star. She has written columns and features for several publications, and is a columnist for the New Statesman and regular contributor to The Guardian. Penny is the author of Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism (Zero Books, 2011) and Penny Red: Notes from a New Age of Dissent (Pluto Press, 2011). In Meat Market she mounts an attack on liberal feminism, which she characterises as embracing the consumer choice offered by capitalism as the path to female emancipation.Penny Red was shortlisted for the inaugural Bread And Roses prize for Radical Publishing, 2012.
In October 2012 it was announced that she was leaving The Independent to rejoin the New Statesman (in November) as a columnist and contributing editor. In the same month, The Daily Telegraph ranked Penny as the 55th most influential left winger in Britain, reporting that she is "without doubt the loudest and most controversial female voice on the radical left."