Laurie Penny

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    Laurie Penny
    Date of birth 28 September 1986
    Place of birth London, England
    Nationality English
    Pronouns she/her or they/them
    Gender identity Genderqueer woman
    Occupation Writer

    Laurie Penny is an English journalist, columnist and author. She came out in 2015 as a genderqueer woman, using the pronouns she/her or they/them.[1]

    Quotes[edit | edit source]

    "I choose 'genderqueer woman' to signal that I acknowledge my unwilling membership in the socially imposed sex class of 'woman.' Politically female, personally genderqueer. It works for me."[2]

    "I am a woman, politically, because that's how people see me and that's how the state treats me. And sometimes I'm also a boy. Gender is something I perform, when I put on my binder or paint my nails. When I walk down the street. When I talk to my boss. When I kiss my partner in their makeup and high heels.

    I don't want to see a world without gender. I want to see a world where gender is not oppressive or enforced, where there are as many ways to express and perform and relate to your own identity as there are people on Earth. I want a world where gender is not painful, but joyful.

    But until then, we've got this one. And for as long as we all have to navigate a gender binary that’s fundamentally broken and a sex class system that seeks to break us, I'm happy to be a gender traitor."[1]

    Books written[edit | edit source]

    • Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism (Zero Books, 2011)
    • Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent (Pluto Press, 2011)
    • Discordia: Six Nights in Crisis Athens (Random House, 2012)
    • Cybersexism: Sex, Gender and Power on the Internet (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013)
    • Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014)
    • Everything Belongs to the Future (, 2016)
    • Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults (Bloomsbury USA, 2017)

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. 1.0 1.1 Penny, Laurie (31 October 2015). "How To Be A Genderqueer Feminist". BuzzFeed News. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
    2. Twitter thread, 22 Sept 2016