New Internationalist

Articles by Kate Smurthwaite

The laws won’t work.

There is no country in the world that has a proud history of men making great laws about women’s bodies, writes Kate Smurthwaite.

  • April 1, 2017
  • 1

Declaring the year of sisterhood

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

  • January 6, 2017
  • 0

Sexism A and sexism B

There’s accidental sexism, and then there’s persistent misogyny, writes Kate Smurthwaite.

  • December 26, 2016
  • 1

Toxic masculinity: what changed?

Pride in trivialising sexual violence needs to stop, now, writes Kate Smurthwaite.

  • October 3, 2016
  • 5

As Donald Trump and Brexit show, progress is not inevitable

Comedian Kate Smurthwaite’s monthly magazine column.

  • September 1, 2016
  • 0

Men and feminism: the Smurthwaite Deal

Kate Smurthwaite has an idea for how men can truly be feminist.

  • June 1, 2016
  • 1

Doing grief properly

Compulsory grief is both pointless and grotesque, writes Kate Smurthwaite.

  • January 1, 2016
  • 2

Down with love

Love is a dangerous concept, argues Kate Smurthwaite.

  • October 1, 2015
  • 2

Why should we be grateful for the Pope’s small mercy?

Kate Smurthwaite is underwhelmed by the one-off opportunity for women to be forgiven their abortions. 

  • September 4, 2015
  • 0

Getting away with the detox thing

Kate Smurthwaite argues that eating disorders are hiding in plain sight in Western culture.

  • June 22, 2015
  • 0

Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman...

Hateful Twitter messages and death threats have had a profound effect on Kate Smurthwaite. But the comedian and political activist refuses to be silenced.

Time to put an end to rip-off culture

Kate Smurthwaite battles the lure of capitalist-driven advertising and calls for a change.

  • November 5, 2014
  • 1

So much for free speech...

It’s a complicated issue, admits Kate Smurthwaite.

  • November 1, 2014
  • 1

Carry On Jihading?

British plans to take passports away from those ‘suspected’ of terrorism are wrong on so many counts, says Kate Smurthwaite.

  • September 3, 2014
  • 2

Cupcakes can fuck off

Our new columnist Kate Smurthwaite tires of weird infantilizing representations of women.

How much of your soul does the minimum wage buy?

Kate Smurthwaite suggests overthrowing capitalism to avoid smutty workplace t-shirts… 

  • June 16, 2014
  • 0

The BBC having Clegg and Farage debate immigration is a bad-taste joke

It’s like asking whether you should beat your wife weekly or daily, complains Kate Smurthwaite.

  • March 31, 2014
  • 2

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