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The Feminist Current, hosted by Meghan Murphy, brings a progressive, feminist perspective on everything from pop culture to politics, from hot-off-the-press news stories to cultural trends. Through interviews and discussion, the Feminist Current pushes at the boundaries of mainstream discourse and popular feminism in order to bring you a fresh and powerful voice.

The Feminist Current, hosted by Meghan Murphy, brings a progressive, feminist perspective on everything from pop culture to politics, from hot-off-the-press news stories to cultural trends. Through interviews and discussion, the Feminist Current pushes at the boundaries of mainstream discourse and popular feminism in order to bring you a fresh and powerful voice.
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Vancouver, BC

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The Feminist Current, hosted by Meghan Murphy, brings a progressive, feminist perspective on everything from pop culture to politics, from hot-off-the-press news stories to cultural trends. Through interviews and discussion, the Feminist Current pushes at the boundaries of mainstream discourse and popular feminism in order to bring you a fresh and powerful voice.

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English


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PODCAST: Eleanor Pam remembers the late, great, Kate Millett

9/20/2017
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Meghan Murphy speaks with Eleanor Pam about renowned feminist and author of "Sexual Politics," Kate Millett.

Duration: 01:02:17


PODCAST: Ninotchka Rosca on intersectionality, the Philippine women’s movement, and the future of feminism

8/24/2017
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In this episode, I speak with Ninotchka Rosca, an incredibly accomplished activist and writer from the Phillippines. She is the author of six books, including two bestselling novels — The State of War and Twice…

Duration: 00:46:13


PODCAST: Toward reproductive sovereignty, not reproductive rights

8/3/2017
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In this episode, Meghan Murphy speaks with Mary Lou Singleton, a midwife, nurse practitioner, and reproductive sovereignty activist about everything from self-abortion to midwifery to where the reproductive rights movement went wrong.

Duration: 00:41:07


PODCAST: ‘Birthright: A War Story’

7/14/2017
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In this episode, Meghan Murphy speaks with Civia Tamarkin, director of "Birthright: A War Story," a new documentary looking at the attack on women's reproductive rights in the U.S.

Duration: 00:42:12


PODCAST: Finn Mackay on the revolutionary past and future of radical feminist activism

6/21/2017
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Meghan Murphy speaks with British feminist activist, Finn Mackay, about her book, "Radical Feminism: Feminist Activism in Movement."

Duration: 00:45:07


PODCAST: Why feminists care about sex robots

5/19/2017
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"I don't see technology as neutral — I see technology as driven by cultural forces. And the cultural forces that are driving this technology is the commercial sex trade."

Duration: 00:31:44


PODCAST: Are American millennials becoming more resistant to women’s equality?

4/11/2017
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Despite being a century into the women’s movement, it can, at times, feel as though progress has stalled. Indeed, old stereotypes about the roles men and women play in the home persist, and some recent…

Duration: 00:37:22


PODCAST: Cordelia Fine pokes holes in old-fashioned ideas about testosterone and sexed brains

3/31/2017
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Despite feminists’ best efforts, many people today believe that inequality between the sexes is natural, not cultural. They will often point to the behavior, clothing, or play of girls and boys to prove this; or…

Duration: 00:31:00


PODCAST: From academia to pop culture to body hair, porn culture has permeated almost every aspect of our lives

2/22/2017
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Today, pornography is inescapable. It shapes our self-image, our relationships, our sexualities — even our body hair removal practices. In academia, many media scholars have taken a non-critical approach to porn and third wave feminists…

Duration: 00:43:52


PODCAST: Julie Bindel on growing up a working class lesbian

2/14/2017
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When the Working Class Movement Library — a small, volunteer-run library in Salford, England that holds records and stories of working class people’s lives and activism — announced they would be hosting feminist journalist Julie…

Duration: 00:29:14


PODCAST: The Women’s March was a powerful feminist uprising — what comes next?

1/26/2017
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On January 21st, three million people across the globe — a majority of whom were women — took to the streets. A response to the election of Donald Trump, the initial Women’s March was set…

Duration: 00:27:43


PODCAST: Radical feminism for men? Robert Jensen makes the case

12/1/2016
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In Robert Jensen’s new book, The End of Patriachy: Radical Feminism for Men, he asks one question: “What do we need to create and maintain stable, decent human communities that can remain in a sustainable relationship with the larger world?” His answer is feminism. The book puts forth a radical feminist challenge to institutionalized male…

Duration: 00:47:53


PODCAST: Title IX, trans rights, women’s rights, and ‘bathroom bills’

11/21/2016
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On August 11th, 2016, Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Education (DOE) in order to challenge their recent redefinition of “sex” in Title IX to include “gender identity.” These kinds of changes have been taking place across North America — in many cases…

Duration: 00:22:04


PODCAST: A Donald Trump presidency still feels unreal, but here we are – so what’s next?

11/12/2016
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On November 8th, American voters elected, not the first female president of the United States — an exceedingly qualified, tough, smart woman named Hillary Rodham Clinton — but a sociopathic reality TV star whose racism, misogyny, and stubborn ignorance made his run seem like little more than a bad joke… Until it was too late.…

Duration: 00:21:39


PODCAST: Filipino mail-order brides are still an issue Canada and in pop culture

11/2/2016
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In September, NBC greenlit a sitcom called Mail Order Family. The plot would center around a widowed single father who orders a mail-order bride from the Philippines to help raise his two preteen daughters. Online backlash was swift, as people asked what was so funny about the exploitation of marginalized Filipino women, so plans to…

Duration: 00:29:49


PODCAST: Sheila Jeffreys on neoliberalism, identity politics, and the women’s liberation movement

10/18/2016
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Feminism has suffered a significant loss in recent decades. The impact of “queer studies,” neoliberalism, and identity politics was substantial. Renowned radical feminist, Sheila Jeffreys, witnessed the move from “Women’s Studies” to “Gender Studies” in academia and saw feminist discourse and women’s culture built during the second wave eroded. Jeffreys joined the women’s movement in…

Duration: 00:30:22


PODCAST: The trouble with transing kids

10/3/2016
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The days of Marlo Thomas’ “Free to be… You and Me,” it seems, are long gone. Now, when kids don’t quite “fit” within the gender roles prescribed by a patriarchal society, no longer do we say, “You’re fine just the way you are!” Instead, more and more frequently, we are saying, “Maybe you were born…

Duration: 00:37:21


PODCAST: Contextualizing the burkini/bikini debate

9/6/2016
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Just today media reported that a court in the French Mediterranean island of Corsica has upheld a burkini ban issued by a local mayor, despite the fact that a higher court recently ruled against the ban. The past couple of weeks have been rife with imagery positioning Western women in bikinis alongside Muslim women in…

Duration: 00:26:31


PODCAST: Survivors speak out in new book about the prostitution industry

8/12/2016
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As prostitution and the legislation that surrounds it has become an increasingly heated debate, the voices of women who survived the industry have grown louder and stronger. This year, a new book containing testimonies written by survivors was published by Spinifex Press. Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade, bust myths, reveals the…

Duration: 00:43:27


PODCAST: Womyn’s Gathering 2016

7/25/2016
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This week, 300 women have gathered for a five-day long feminist meeting in an “eco-domain” in Normandy, France. The will discuss topics like heterosexuality, lesbianism, anti-racism, ecofemism, and more. There will also be open mic nights and parties as a goal of the week is not only to further feminist analysis, but “rediscover the joy…

Duration: 00:19:22

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