Louise Pennington is a feminist writer, activist, and media commentator.
She currently works as the media analyst for Everyday Victim Blaming, a a campaign and training organisation which challenges media and institutional victim blaming in domestic and sexual violence and abuse. Everyday Victim Blaming won the 2014 Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize (group) for innovative work in the field of violence against women and girls.
She blogs for the Huffington Post (UK) and has published articles in JumpMag, Feminist Times, New Internationalist, the Daily Mail, Role/Reboot, and Feminist & Women’s Studies Association (UK). This blog is named after one of her favourite books written by Kris Radish.
Louise writes on male violence, victim blaming culture, domestic and sexual violence and abuse, cultural femicide, celebrity culture, radical feminism, feminist mothering, and women’s history. Her article “The Best Rape Prevention: Tell Men to Stop Raping” was short-listed for the prestigious Writing to End Violence Against Women award for 2014. She was also shortlisted for the 2015 Emma Humphrey’s Memorial Prize (Individual) for her writing on male violence.
She has also given numerous papers at academic conferences as well as speaking on issues from women’s history and radical feminism to online misogyny at the Women’s Aid Cyber Stalking and Harassment conference in 2014.
Louise’s holds a double degree in history and education, as well as two post-graduate degrees in Holocaust Studies. She has also published articles in two respected anthologies on the experiences of women in the Holocaust: ‘(Re)-Interpreting Stories of Sexual Violence: The Multiple Testimonies of Lucille Eichengreen’ in Life, Death and Sacrifice: Women and Family in the Holocaust and ‘Schillinger and the Dancer: Representing Agency and Sexual Violence in Holocaust Testimonies’ in Sexual Violence Against Jewish Women During the Holocaust (2010). The latter was the impetus behind Gloria Steinem’s founding of Women Under Siege: an organisation which tracks rape and other forms of violence against women and girls in war zones.
As part of her commitment to supporting women’s writing, Louise founded the blogging platform A Room of Our Own: A Feminist/ Womanist Network, which promotes women’s writings, activism and art. She has also founded an independent feminist press called EVB Press which focuses on publishing women’s writing, academic and personal, on male violence, domestic and sexual violence and abuse, and women’s history. EVB Press accepts submissions of biographies, anthologies, poetry, short stories, and academic books and dissertations.