Articles by Kate Smurthwaite

LPrapist-thumb-600x884-314Rape and the Police

This story from yesterday’s London Paper is shocking and horrifying. One element of it that I am still spitting about is the time line. Police were “today” (i.e. yesterday) hunting...

Kate Smurthwaite // 11 June 2009

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F****** Sexism

I was on Five Live on Tuesday night as Richard Bacon’s “presenter’s friend” which is a really fun job where you get to chat about all the subjects that come...

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Abortion Debate

I wrote a piece for Reuters yesterday about the murder of Dr George Tiller and the implications for current abortion issues here. My piece here or the “balanced”* debate here....

Kate Smurthwaite // 7 June 2009

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CIMG0158-thumb-320x240-306Food, Gloriously Gendered Food!

I was asked earlier today (as were other writers on The F-Word) if I was interested in commenting on gendering of food through advertising. And I thought it was quite...

Kate Smurthwaite // 30 May 2009

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Twittering Twits

Difficult to know how much to read into a few (hundred) posts on twitter. First I should briefly explain a concept to unfamiliar readers: Members of Twitter (and there are...

Kate Smurthwaite // 28 May 2009

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The Truth About Antenatal Classes

A report out from Sweden says that attending classes teaching breathing techniques and relaxation methods has exactly no effect on your likelihood of needing an epidural. And no impact on...

Kate Smurthwaite // 27 May 2009

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More Free Tampons

Lil-Lets have out-done themselves now. After last week’s “Free Tampons” offer, they are now offering a free box of tampons with some free sample packs to give to your friends....

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Tesco And Me

Somehow or another I have failed to tick a box somewhere online and I have been added to a mailing list run by Tesco. Today their marketing director Kendra Banks...

Kate Smurthwaite // 20 May 2009

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Free Tampons

It hardly needs saying that I am a big advocate of alternative menstrual hygiene products* – moon cup, sea sponge tampons, washable pads, etc but of course these don’t suit...

Kate Smurthwaite // 19 May 2009

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The Trouble With Kate

As some readers will have noticed, I was interviewed for a BBC Two documentary about working women called “The Trouble With Working Women” which was shown this evening. You can...

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Boris’s Big Plans

Well I figured it was about time I went online and filled in the survey on the Mayor of London’s “consultation” on his violence against women strategy. I was just...

Kate Smurthwaite // 18 May 2009

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Looking For Inspiration?

Great news – on Monday night the award ceremony was held for the Inspirational Women of the Year Awards. Like any keen-to-be-inspired young woman I rushed straight to the media...

Kate Smurthwaite // 13 May 2009

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Feminism, Still Relevant 217 Years Later

The Independent has a rather poorly thought-out piece about how hip reading left-wing books is this season…? I guess since the realms of history is the only place you see...

Kate Smurthwaite // 12 May 2009

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KS075col-thumb-299x450-49-thumb-150x225-283-thumb-150x225-287Back on The F-Word

Hello all. Just to let you know that I am back doing another stint of guest blogging on here. On a bit of a roll at the moment after spotting...

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Festive Message To All Our Readers!

Enjoy! And if you really enjoy it you could search for it by my name/Cruella/I HATE Anti Wrinkle Cream Adverts on the CurrentTV website and maybe, just maybe, it’ll end...

Kate Smurthwaite // 2 January 2009

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Abortion Rights Public Meeting 7th October, House of Commons (please come!)

In case anyone has still missed the news – abortion rights in the UK remain under fire thanks to elements of the Human Embryology and whatnot bill. And at the...

Kate Smurthwaite // 30 September 2008

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I HATE Jeremy Clarkson

There are some things that just need saying. I HATE Jeremy Clarkson. Phew, now I’ve said it. Maybe it seems harsh of me to single him out from a number...

Kate Smurthwaite // 26 May 2008

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Is Anyone Else Uncomfortable About This?

This post starts with a massive disclaimer. My show at the Brighton Fringe Festival ran 6 days in a dusty (but charming) 40-seater theatre at £7 a ticket. This group...

Kate Smurthwaite // 23 May 2008

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Article on the Details of the Stop The Strip Pub Hearing

I wrote an article today that’s up on BBC London. Mostly of interest to those who (a) want to know how a local town hall licensing committee hearing works or...

Kate Smurthwaite // 16 May 2008

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Hey Barack, Sweetie…

I guess it won’t have passed you all by that US presidential hopeful Barack Obama took the unwise PR decision to fob off a female reporter with the phrase “Hold...

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Calling All Blogstresses!

Following a brief e-mail conversation between myself and the wildly talented Anji Capes of Shut Up, Sit Down fame, a new email group has been formed for UK-based feminist bloggers....

Kate Smurthwaite // 15 May 2008

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For Your Listening Pleasure

Blogstress Smurthwaite (that’s me) will be appearing as part of a panel to discuss the week’s news tomorrow on the institution that is Women’s Hour on BBC Radio 4. Please...

Kate Smurthwaite // 8 May 2008

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Victory!

Last night a number of F-Word writers and readers were in attendance to see Hackney Council refuse to give Satchmo’s a license to become a Sex Encounters Establishment (strip club)....

Kate Smurthwaite // 7 May 2008

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Last Call For Stop The Strip Pub

The hearing for this is tonight, 7pm at Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, E8 1EA. You will not be allowed to speak at the hearing unless you lodged an objection...

Kate Smurthwaite // 6 May 2008

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Schools and Relationships

The NSPCC, and I’m sure not going to make myself popular arguing with a group as respected as them, are saying that schools should teach more about relationships in sex...

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