Why some punchlines are beyond a joke

Jokes may have more power to make people think than facts – but is mainstream comedy doing enough to open people’s minds? Kate Smurthwaite jabs back at the comedians with only easy targets in their sights.

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017

The cult of insecurity

This month's piece by Kate Smurthwaite

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NI 504 - The Equality Effect - July, 2017

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.

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NI 501 - Populism rises again - April, 2017

Sexism A and sexism B

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

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NI 498 - The coming war on China - December, 2016

Men and feminism: the Smurthwaite Deal

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

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NI 493 - Love in the time of Ebola - June, 2016

Doing grief properly

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

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NI 489 - Humanity adrift: why refugees deserve better - January, 2016

Down with love

Love is a dangerous concept, argues Kate Smurthwaite.

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NI 486 - The transgender revolution - October, 2015

So much for free speech...

It's a complicated issue, admits Kate Smurthwaite.

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NI 477 - Big oil RIP? - November, 2014

Articles in this category displayed as a table:

Article title From magazine Publication date
Humans vs robots November, 2017
The Equality Effect July, 2017
Populism rises again April, 2017
The coming war on China December, 2016
Trade unions - rebuild, renew, resist September, 2016
Love in the time of Ebola June, 2016
Humanity adrift: why refugees deserve better January, 2016
The transgender revolution October, 2015
Fundamentalism - Power, politics and persuasion June, 2015
The great green energy grab March, 2015
Big oil RIP? November, 2014
Feminism fights back July, 2014
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