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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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