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Up until now, I’ve been hesitant to write about this because 1) if I think someone is desperate for attention, I don’t want to give them any more of it and 2) I’d rather be writing about things I like. What’s finally made me do it is not just my intense dislike of Laurie Penny and her warm and fuzzy faux radical romanticism; it’s also the habit she’s getting into of getting snippy with people who have the nerve to call her out on her poor standard of work and her bratty, self-absorbed attitude.

Like her tweet from this past weekend (now deleted) which went thusly:

I misjudged yesterday’s demo. It’s not the movement that’s fizzling out – it’s me, my energy, after working without a day off for 4 months. As soon as I realised that, I turned round, walked away from the protest with just my coat and phone and got on the first train to the coast.

Melodramatic much? I’m sure all of us have little cinematic fantasies that we set to poignant music in our heads. But not all of us are foolish enough to post them on the internet, particularly in the context of a huge political movement. The only thing more pathetic than the initial self-involved tweet (now deleted) is her response to people calling her out on it. Watching Penny respond to her critics is like getting a lesson in How Not to Argue on the Internet 101. One of the chiefest signs that you don’t have a leg to stand on is when you try to be an interwebs badass and sort of vaguely threaten people. Laurie Penny apparently does not know that, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg that is her stunning lack of self-awareness. (more…)

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