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A selection of articles written by Kate for

The New Internationalist

Why telling victims not to ‘be victims’ is wrong

May 09, 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 20, 2017

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

The laws won’t work.

April 01, 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 sisterhood

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 03, 2016

Pride in trivialising sexual violence needs to stop, now.

As Donald Trump and Brexit show, progress is not inevitable

September 01, 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.

Doing Grief Properly

January 01, 2016

The Monday after the Paris attacks my aerobics class was interrupted for a minute’s silence. ‘I’ve been told,’ the instructor said, ‘we’ve got to do a minute’s silence. I’m not sure what for... maybe France.’ 

Down With Love

October 01, 2015

The notion of romantic, monogamous, heterosexual love as the solution to life, the universe and everything is marketed to us, especially us women, from birth in the most aggressive way.

Why Should We Be Grateful For The Pope’s Small Mercy?

September 04, 2015

The Pope has declared this to be a Holy Year of Mercy. Bad move, Francis: everyone knows you’d get more enthusiasm for Talk Like A Pirate Year.

Sometimes It’s Hard To Be A Woman...

June 22 2015

When I was a teenager I was anorexic. It seemed to be a thing in the 1990s, like Global Hypercolour shirts and Monica Lewinsky.

Time To Put An End To Rip-Off Culture

November 05, 2014

Capitalism is supposed to encourage competition, which is supposed to encourage quality and innovation. Let’s check in with how it’s going.

So Much For Free Speech...

November 01, 2014

On 1 September Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi lost his final appeal. Convicted of insulting Islam, he will serve 10 years in prison and receive 1,000 lashes.

I’m guessing I do 10 things a day that insult Islam. Bacon sandwiches, vodka shots, shouting ‘Islam isn’t true’. Then I have breakfast.

Carry On Jihading?

September 03, 2014

David Cameron has announced he is considering plans to take passports away from UK nationals suspected of being involved in ‘terror acts’ or, as the tabloids would have it, ‘jihad’.
Now, if you’ll forgive my blistering ignorance, I think those suspected of violent acts of terror belong in a courtroom in front of a judge, not being forced to ‘Carry On Jihading’.

‘I’m Pretty Good At Channelling My Anger Into Activism Rather Than Tears’

July 29, 2014

Comedian Kate Smurthwaite tells Jo Lateu how she would shake up the political system, and reveals a perfect new job for Jeremy Clarkson.

Cupcakes can fuck off

July 01, 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.

No More Austerity!

June 23, 2014

Today in Britain, the seventh largest economy in the world, one in three of the population is living in poverty and more than half a million are reliant on foodbanks. The wealth of the rich keeps growing – a trend that will continue as the state sector is dismantled and sold off to private companies.  

How Much Of Your Soul Does The Minimum Wage Buy?

June 16, 2014

Outside the cafe where I’m writing this, there’s a woman in a fleece top that says: ‘I’m a Happy Tosser’. And if you’re worried I’m about to launch into a piece on the perils of crap t-shirt slogans, think again. It’s her work uniform. 

The BBC Having Clegg and Farage Debate Immigration is a Bad-Taste Joke

March 31, 2014

Good news from the BBC: a generation raised on the Muppets can look forward to a wave of nostalgia on 2 April as Britain’s leading Statler and Waldorf impersonators are brought to our screens to spend a whole hour talking absolute nonsense.

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