A selection of articles written by Kate for The New Internationalist

Why telling victims not to ‘be victims’ is wrong

May 08, 2018

As the Bill Cosby trial finishes and the world watches to see which other big names will face court there seems to be confusion about how we talk about the people on the other side of the courtroom. Victims? Or survivors?

Demanding a solution revolution

January 25, 2018

The whataboutery being directed towards the #MeToo movement is nothing new – feminists have experienced backlashes before

Why some punchlines are beyond a joke

November 01, 2017

Jokes may have more power to make people think than facts – but is mainstream comedy doing enough to open people’s minds?

Gay orgies are none of your God damn business

July 19, 2017

Isn't it time the Vatican admitted that people are going to keep having sex whatever they say?

The laws won’t work.

March 31, 2017

Little could be more predictable or nauseating than the sight of Donald Trump, flanked by his super-rich, all-male team, signing the global gag rule back into force on one of his first days in office

Declaring the year of sisterhoodCopy Of -The laws won’t work.

January 06, 2017

Reflecting on a dismal year for women, Kate Smurthwaite proposes a New Year's resolution.

Sexism A and sexism B

December 26, 2016

Being a feminist comedian and activist, I can say with absolute certainty that a lot of people hate me.

Toxic masculinity: what changed?

October 02, 2016

Pride in trivialising sexual violence needs to stop, now

As Donald Trump and Brexit show, progress is not inevitable

August 31, 2016

Tony Blair's campaign theme tune ran with the chorus line ‘Things can only get better’. It might be the most dangerous sentiment politics has ever known.

Cupcakes can fuck off

June 30, 2014

Where have all the women gone? I’m not talking about kidnappings, forced veiling or domestic violence. I’m talking about women. Grown-up women.

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