text saying "When does the laughter stop?" overlaying an image of a pregnant woman with a face drawn on the stomach

I recently appeared on BBC Radio 4’s flagship programme, The Moral Maze to discuss the morality of comedy. For those of you unfamiliar with the format, four interrogators challenge four experts on a specific topic. I love a challenge and comedy deliberately breaks moral codes that excluded women until the era of alternative comedy gave us the freedom to exploit our own feminine issues. A smiley face on a pregnant stomach may not be everybody’s taste but is it a question of morality?

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