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INTERVIEW ARCHIVES: Occupy Valentine’s Day – An interview with Samhita Mukhopadhyay

I spoke with Feministing’s executive editor, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, back in February 2012 about the romantic industrial complex and her ‘Occupy Valentine’s Day’ initiative. She wrote, in a blog post: In an effort to push the bounds of that exclusivity that so many of us feel on Valentine’s day, I wanted to think about the ways we can rethink love and romance to resemble who we are, as singles, couples and community. Celebrating love is a beautiful thing but shouldn’t depend on if we are in a relationship or not, our sexual orientation, our class background, our citizenship status or our marital status. Mukhopadhyay’s response to the romantic industrial complex and to many of the sexist and heteronormative messages perpetuated by Valentine’s Day was to start a tumblr called Occupy...
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INTERVIEW ARCHIVES: Does feminism discriminate against men? An interview with James P. Sterba

“Does feminism discriminate against men?” A silly question, to be sure, but one asked, albeit with false and intentionally manipulative sincerity, by Men’s Rights Activists and their ilk. Under most circumstances, we wouldn’t waste our time humouring these types, just as we don’t waste our time on white folks who believe that somehow, they are capable of experiencing racism (except, of course, to point and laugh). But with recent events such as the one hosted by the University of Toronto, which featured speaker, Warren Farrell, a man who makes his living manipulating studies and research findings in order to misconstrue statistics regarding false rape accusations and who argues that if such a thing as date rape exists, then so does something he calls “date fraud”: “If a man ignoring...
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Interview archives: Older men/younger women relationships: Is age really just a number?

This interview was recorded in July 2011 and originally aired on Vancouver Co-op Radio.   In this episode, Meghan Murphy explores the older man/younger woman relationship with guest, Hugo Schwyzer. We’ve all heard or seen the cliche that is the middle-aged man who, maybe post-divorce, seeks out a much younger woman; but whether it be to start a (new) family or simply to pump up his ego, the ‘creepy’ factor remains intact. While some may want to present this kind of relationship as ‘natural’ or as some kind of biological imperative that is applicable to men in particular, we must ask whether or not it is indeed ‘natural’ and why it is that we continue to get that creepy feeling about middle aged men who pursue relationships with women...
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Pinkwashing & the trouble with Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns: An interview with Kim Irish of Breast Cancer Action

October was breast cancer awareness month, a month when everything turns pink. But do these ‘pink’ campaigns actually work? In terms of ending the breast cancer epidemic is awareness productive? What does all this pinkwashing actually work towards? Will buying ‘pink’ products contribute towards prevention or towards finding a cure? I interviewed Kim Irish of Breast Cancer Action, back in November 2010. This interview originally aired on Vancouver Co-op Radio CFRO 102.7fm For more information on Breast Cancer Action or on the Think Before You Pink campaign, go to www.bcaction.org and www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org   Podcast: Play in new window | Download...
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The legal brothels of Nevada: An interview with Julie Bindel

The legalization of prostitution is something that is often promoted as a way to make the industry ‘safer’ for women, a concept that is challenged by feminists who believe that prostitution can never be safe and exists in opposition of the goal of creating a feminist and egalitarian society. Meghan Murphy interviews feminist journalist Julie Bindel, who participated in the making of a documentary called “Love for Sale: a journey to the legal brothels of Nevada” which aired in November 2011 on BBC Leeds. Julie also wrote a corresponding article about her experiences in Nevada for the London Times. This interview took place on November 20, 2011 and originally aired on Vancouver Co-op Radio. You can listen to that interview here: The Legal Brothels of Nevada: An Interview with...
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Male Studies: Legit discipline or backlash against feminism? An interview with Amanda Hess.

This interview originally aired on Vancouver Co-op Radio on April 24, 2010. Meghan Murphy speaks with Amanda Hess about a proposal to introduce a new discipline that looks at the ‘male as male’. Is Male Studies legitimate or necessary? Or is it part of the backlash against feminism? For more on Amanda’s work you can visit her website at sexwithamandahess.com Listen to that interview here: Feminist Current – Interview with Amanda Hess – Male Studies   Podcast: Play in new window | Download...
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Objectifying women and sexualizing meat: An interview with Carol J. Adams

There is something very similar in the way we cut animals up into body parts, turning them into objects for our consumption rather than seeing them as whole beings, and the way in which we cut women up into parts in order to treat them, not as whole human beings, but as sexualized bodies or body parts. When it comes to organizations such as PETA, who regularly feature the sexualized bodies of women in their ad campaigns, many excuse this particular form of objectification, arguing that we must do anything we can to save animals, but why is it that we so readily accept the objectification and dehumanization of women? Even when we object to the similar representation and treatment of animals? And why is it that we think...
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Rape Relief v. Nixon, transphobia, and the value of women-only space: An interview with Lee Lakeman

Although the Nixon v. Rape Relief case was settled back in 2007, with a dismissal of Kimberly Nixon’s request to appeal the B.C. Court of Appeals decision (that decision being that “Vancouver Rape Relief has the right to prefer to train women who have never been treated as anything but female”), the case continues to be a source of controversy. In an effort to address misinformation, accusations of “transphobia”, and to give Lee Lakeman the opportunity to respond to some points that came up in an interview The F Word’s Nicole Deagan did with Susan Stryker, I spoke with her over the phone last week. I’ve posted the audio and the transcript of that interview below.   Meghan Murphy: Can you give me some background on this case? Lee...
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Should feminists be vegetarian?

The idea that feminists ‘should’ or ‘should not’ be anything is contentious. Of course when one says you ‘should’ be anything, we are bound to become defensive. The idea that feminists ‘should’ be vegetarian, though, is, I’ve recently discovered, something of an issue. This issue is key for, but not limited to, ecofeminists. Sheila Jeffreys wrote: “It is a joy to be in agreement about the need to abolish such practices of violence against women as prostitution and pornography, because such agreement is so rare in the malestream world. But this great feeling of sisterhood and togetherness was marred by disagreement over an issue that I consider to be of great importance, the eating of animals.” I’m curious to know what thoughts feminists have on this debate. Until recently,...
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INTERVIEW ARCHIVES: Jackie Lynne on Vancouver’s approach to prostitution and harm-reduction

I speak with Jackie Lynne, a Métis woman, a social worker, an exited prostitute, and a member of The Aboriginal Women’s Action Network, about the way in which the City of Vancouver is approaching the issue of prostitution. Does looking at prostitution through a harm-reduction lens really “reduce harm”? This interview originally aired on Vancouver Co-op Radio in November 2011. Podcast: Play in new window | Download...
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INTERVIEW ARCHIVES: Exploring prostitution and abolition with Trisha Baptie and the producers of ‘Our Lives to Fight For’

Meghan Murphy explores issues and debates around prostitution, specifically looking at the abolition argument — the idea that we identify trafficking and prostitution as violence against women. Featuring interviews with Trisha Baptie, who is the the executive director of Honour Consulting & Ministries and a founding member of EVE: Formerly Exploited Voices Educating, as well as two of the women involved in the making of a documentary called Our Lives to Fight For, a film which aims to break down myths about prostitution and decriminalization and argues for a Canadianized version of the Nordic Model. This show originally aired on Vancouver Co-op Radio in March 2011. Podcast: Play in new window | Download...
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