Launched in July 2012, Feminist Current is Canada’s leading feminist website. We provide a unique perspective on pop culture, politics, current events, sexuality, gender, and many other issues that are often underrepresented or misrepresented by most media sources.
Meghan Murphy is the founder and editor of Feminist Current. She is a freelance writer and journalist from Vancouver, B.C. and holds a Masters degree in Women’s Studies from Simon Fraser University.
Meghan began her radio career in 2007 in a trailer in the middle of a sheep field. The show was called The F Word and aired from a tiny Gulf Island off the coast of B.C. She took full advantage of the unmonitored freedom of pirate radio by drinking beer, reading passages from Andrea Dworkin, and playing Biggie Smalls. She returned to Vancouver, where she joined the coincidentally named F Word radio show, which she hosted and produced until 2012. The Feminist Current podcast is Meghan’s current “radio” project, which aims to bring progressive, critical, feminist analysis to anyone willing to listen. Feminist Current is syndicated at Pacifica Radio and is hosted by the rabble podcast network.
Meghan has been blogging about feminism since 2010. She is known for going against the grain and was the first to publish a critique of Slutwalk, back in 2011, and is one of the few popular bloggers who publicly articulates both a radical feminist and socialist position against the sex industry. Meghan’s critiques of #twitterfeminism, burlesque, self-objectification in selfies, and choice feminism have brought both acclaim and attacks, but most of all recognition as a writer who isn’t afraid to say something different, despite what popular feminism and mainstream media deem to be the party line.
You can find more of her writing in The Globe and Mail, The Georgia Straight, Al Jazeera, Ms. Magazine, AlterNet, Herizons magazine, The Tyee, Megaphone Magazine, The Frisky, Good, National Post, Verily Magazine, Ravishly, rabble.ca, xoJane, Vice, The Vancouver Observer, and New Statesman. Meghan is also a contributor to Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism.
Meghan has appeared on CBC radio, Sun News, The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, BBC Radio 5, and Al Jazeera English, as well as many other media outlets.
Meghan is also available to teach workshops on advocacy journalism, interview techniques, blogging, feminist journalism, and podcasting. She lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her very photogenic dog, Emma (not pictured).
Would you like to contribute to Feminist Current? We welcome new contributors to the blog. Please contact info[at]feministcurrent[dot]com outlining your blogging and writing experience along with a pitch or sample post. Include links to any of your online writing if you are able. Past blogging and online writing experience is definitely an asset. Be sure to fully explore the blog to see if your writing/analysis would fit with our style. Let us know why you are interested in blogging at Feminist Current!
Please don’t pitch us under a pseudonym. We have, on occasion, published work by authors who use a pen name for safety reasons, but only in exceptional circumstances. If you are pitching under a pseudonym, please be forthright about it. For the sake of professionalism and accountability, we do ask that authors publish under their real name.
If we do publish your piece, be aware that Feminist Current will not unpublish pieces once posted, with exceptions for legal reasons.
Please try to keep posts casual. Don’t use big, jargony words unless absolutely necessary. The point of writing is to communicate and engage the reader, not to impress them. While academia encourages the use of big words, those words tend to mean little to those who exist outside an academic setting (and often mean little even when used in academic settings). We are not anti-intellectual here, but we try to prioritize the reader above all, when writing.
Reference The Canadian Press Stylebook if you are unsure about style, spelling, punctuation, or grammar (with the exception of their grotesque ruling on the Oxford comma – we are passionately pro-Oxford comma at Feminist Current) and avoid academic jargon and clichés.
People have short attention spans. They skim. If a piece appears too long, often they won’t read. Try to keep posts close to 600-1000 words if possible.
Back up statements with proof, evidence, or facts if you are able to. Link to sources. Humour is a good thing. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Be honest.
Feminist Current is unlike any other feminist site on the internet. We aren’t afraid to push back. People come here for an alternative perspective. Say something new.
The views and opinions expressed by bloggers or commenters on this site are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Feminist Current.*
*MANY (but not all) views expressed on this site are my opinion. Sometimes you may not like the way I express those opinions. Whether or not you like my tone, style, or excessive use of caps lock is not my concern. If you think you would like to comment on these matters, don’t. For more on thinking you would like to comment on matters, please see the comment policy. ~Meghan
Feminist Current’s site and materials are to be governed by the following terms and policies.
Feminist Current has not reviewed all of the web sites linked to its web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Feminist Current of the web site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user’s own risk.
Feminist Current contains links to other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.
Feminist Current makes feedback and discussion forums available to its users via the comment section. Please remember any information disclosed in these areas becomes publicly available, and therefore you should exercise caution when disclosing personal information.
If you have any concerns about this, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org