Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy
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Born
Meghan Emily Murphy
ResidenceVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
NationalityCanadian
Alma materSimon Fraser University
OccupationJournalist
Known forFounder of Feminist Current

Meghan Emily Murphy is a Canadian writer, journalist, and founder of Feminist Current, a radical feminist blog and podcast.[1][2] The website won the "Best Feminism Blog" award in the 2012 Canadian Blog Awards.[3][4]

Based in Vancouver, Murphy has written for CBC News, The Globe and Mail, National Post, rabble.ca, and the New Statesman, among others, on women's issues from a radical-feminist perspective. Her writing critiques third-wave feminism, transgender rights, the sex industry, and exploitation of women in mass media.

Early life and education[edit]

From 2004, she attended Simon Fraser University (SFU) and in 2010 obtained a BA in Women's Studies. In 2012, she completed a master's degree in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, also at SFU.[5][6]

Career[edit]

Writing[edit]

Murphy began her journalism career in 2009, working for the Vancouver-based F Word Feminist Media Collective; writing until 2012 for its blog, The F Word, and as a host, producer, and editor of its radio program.[7][8][9][10][6][non-primary source needed] In 2011, she began writing regularly for rabble.ca[11] and worked as rabble's podcast network producer from November 2012, and evening editor from 2013, until February 2016.[6][non-primary source needed] In 2012 she undertook a practicum at The Tyee.[12] Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Vancouver Observer,[13] CBC News,[14] Al Jazeera,[15] New Statesman,[16] Vice,[17] The Globe and Mail,[18] National Post,[19] National Observer,[20] xoJane,[21] The Walrus,[22] and the German feminist magazine EMMA.[23]

Feminist Current[edit]

Feminist Current
Type of site
News, commentary, podcast
Available inEnglish
Created byMeghan Murphy
Websitefeministcurrent.com
Alexa rankDecrease 182,658 (Global, June 2018)
LaunchedJuly 2012; 6 years ago (2012-07)[4]
Current statusOnline

Murphy founded the feminist blog and podcast Feminist Current in 2012. The site won the "Best Feminism Blog" award in the Canadian Blog Awards of the same year.[3] Describing itself as "Canada's leading feminist website", it aims to "provide a unique perspective on male violence against women, pop culture, politics, current events, sexuality, gender, and many other issues that are often underrepresented or misrepresented by mainstream, progressive, and feminist media sources".[4]

Views[edit]

Murphy has supported the MeToo movement,[24] criticized liberal feminism,[25] questioned whether men can be feminists,[26][27] written about ageism within feminism,[28] and argued that trigger warnings amount to censorship.[29]

In 2015, she argued that anti-bullying campaigns ignore sexism and the way young men are taught to view women.[30] She criticized Slutwalk and the attempt to reclaim a word that has been used to shame women,[31][32] and was critical in general of third-wave feminism, which she saw as a backlash against second-wave and radical feminism: "That whole burlesque/sex work is empowering/feminist porn aspect of the third wave is making a mockery of the movement." She was similarly critical of the feminist group Femen, who, she argued in 2013, were "making feminism palatable for the male gaze", presenting "a vision of female liberation that looks like a sexy, naked, thin, white, blonde woman". She has identified certain contemporary movements as "cult-like" in their efforts to shut down debates by calling people "phobic" (such as "whorephobic") or accusing them of "shaming" (as in "kink-shaming") if they fail to "toe the party line".[10][a] In 2013, she called Twitter "a horrible place for feminism ... intellectual laziness is encouraged, oversimplification is mandatory, posturing is de rigueur, and bullying is rewarded".[33]

When Hugh Hefner died in 2017, Murphy called him a "billionaire who profited from women's subordination".[34] She is highly critical of the sex and porn industry, which she regards as "inherently misogynistic and exploitative". In an interview with CBC Radio's The Current in 2018, she argued that sex dolls may reduce men's empathy for women by presenting women as, literally, objects.[35]

Regarding prostitution, she has written about her support for the Nordic model, in which buying, not selling, sex is illegal.[36][37] She told Mic in 2015 that this includes public education, a strong welfare state, retraining police officers, and offering exit services for women.[38] In January 2017, she argued, in the context of a Washington Post editorial praising men for taking part in the 2017 Women's March, against making concessions to men to make them feel comfortable within feminism. It is not women who need to adapt, she wrote:

Women are not targeted by men walking alone at night, in their homes, at work, in bars, or in any of the other myriad of places women are attacked, harassed, and raped, because they are passive, wear high heels, have long hair, wear dresses, or behave in other "feminine" ways, but because they are female. Female children are not prostituted or abused by adult men because they identify with "femininity", but because of the sex class they were born into. Girls are feminized, not "feminine" by choice or because of some kind of internal, unchangeable personality flaw that turns them into victims.[39]

Controversies[edit]

Because of her opposition to decriminalizing prostitution and transgender rights, she has found herself at odds with many parts of the Canadian left.[10][14][40] In May 2017, she appeared before the Canadian Senate, together with Hilla Kerner of the Vancouver Rape Relief & Women's Shelter, to oppose Bill C-16, which encoded gender identity and gender expression into Canadian law. She told the Senate: "Treating gender as though it is either internal or a personal choice is dangerous and completely misunderstands how and why women are oppressed under patriarchy as a class of people ... The rights of women and girls are being pushed aside to accommodate a trend."[41][42][43][44][45]

The Canadian online magazine rabble.ca, to which she contributed as an editor and writer from 2011 to 2016, removed a blog post of hers because editors felt it used transphobic language and went against rabble's journalistic policy.[40] In 2015, a sex workers' lobby group, Maggie's Toronto, which criticized Murphy for, among other things, questioning the decision of Laverne Cox to pose nude, ran a petition asking that rabble.ca fire her.[36][22][40][46] A counter-petition was posted to defend her.[40] Murphy stopped writing for the site in September 2016 after it removed her article, "Are we women or are we menstruators?",[47] without informing her. The site responded that the article "contained transphobic language". Kim Elliott, Rabble's publisher, said it had denied "the gendered identity of trans men who menstruate by implying that if a person has ovaries and a uterus, they are by virtue of those biological markers, a woman".[40]

On November 17, 2017, Twitter announced that it had updated its rules and policies to include "abuse and hateful conduct".[48] The change took effect on December 18.[49] Beginning in August 2018, Murphy's Twitter account was locked more than once after she tweeted about issues involving trans women.[50] Twitter permanently suspended Murphy's account on November 23, 2018.[51][52][53] On February 11, 2019, Murphy filed a lawsuit against Twitter in response to her banning.[54][55][56]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ For an English translation, see Sporenda (August 2, 2013). "Interview: Meghan Murphy on the sex industry, individualism, online feminism, and the third wave". Feminist Current.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meghan Murphy". Ravishly. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  2. ^ Manchester, Julia (December 6, 2018). "Self-described feminist banned from Twitter says platform is setting 'dangerous' precedent". The Hill.
  3. ^ a b Kleiman, Jonathan (3 December 2012). "The Final Results for the 2012 Canadian Blog Awards". Canadian Blog Awards.
  4. ^ a b c "Launched in July 2012, Feminist Current is Canada's leading feminist website". Feminist Current.
  5. ^ Graduate Alumni. "MA – Course Based". Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. Simon Fraser University. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Meghan Murphy". LinkedIn.
  7. ^ "The F-Word Media Collective". Grassroots Feminism. 2012.
  8. ^ The F Word (February 14, 2012). "Occupy Valentine's Day!". rabble.ca. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  9. ^ The F Word (December 17, 2009). "Women and skepticism". rabble.ca. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  10. ^ a b c Sporenda (22 July 2013). "Interview n°7: Meghan Murphy". Isabelle Alonso (in French).
  11. ^ "Meghan Murphy". rabble.ca.
  12. ^ Murphy, Meghan (3 May 2012). "Does Simon Fraser University Need a Men's Centre?". The Tyee.
  13. ^ "Meghan Murphy". The Vancouver Observer.
  14. ^ a b Murphy, Meghan (June 21, 2017). "Why a women-only spa in Toronto should not change its policy to accept trans women". CBC News.
  15. ^ "Meghan Murphy". Al Jazeera English. 2013.
  16. ^ "Meghan Murphy". New Statesman.
  17. ^ "Meghan Murphy". Vice.
  18. ^ Murphy, Meghan (March 28, 2015). "There's nothing 'safe' about silencing dissent". The Globe and Mail.
  19. ^ Murphy, Meghan (March 27, 2014). "Meghan Murphy: The problem with the 'I am a feminist' campaign". National Post.
  20. ^ Murphy, Meghan (October 25, 2016). "OPINION: Bill C-16 is flawed in ways most Canadians have not considered". National Observer.
  21. ^ "Meghan Murphy". xoJane. Archived from the original on June 16, 2018.
  22. ^ a b Murphy, Meghan (April 8, 2017). "Our Own Worst Enemies". The Walrus.
  23. ^ Meghan Murphy (12 December 2016). "Meghan Murphy: Freiwillig entfremdet". EMMA (in German).
  24. ^ Murphy, Megan (16 October 2017). "Yes, you too". Feminist Current. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  25. ^ Murphy, Megan (2015). "'I do what I want, fuck yeah!': moving beyond 'a woman's choice'". In Kiraly, Miranda; Tyler, Meagan (eds.). Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism. Ballarat, Victoria: Connor Court Publishing.
  26. ^ Flanagin, Jake (June 8, 2014). "Is It Possible to Be a Male Feminist?". The New York Times.
  27. ^ Murphy, Megan (14 July 2018). "The problem with male feminists". Al Jazeera English.
  28. ^ Murphy, Megan (26 February 2014). "Kicking against our foremothers: does feminism have an ageism problem?". New Statesman.
  29. ^ Murphy, Meghan (May 12, 2014). "Meghan Murphy: A slow slide into censorship". National Post.
  30. ^ Berlatsky, Noah (2015). "Antibullying Campaigns Ignore Sexism Against Girls and Women, by Meghan Murphy". Bullying. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press. p. 107. ISBN 978-0737772111.
  31. ^ Murphy, Meghan (May 7, 2011). "We're Sluts, Not Feminists. Wherein my relationship with Slutwalk gets rocky". Feminist Current.
  32. ^ Mendes, Kaitlynn (2015). SlutWalk: Feminism, Activism and Media. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 95. ISBN 978-1137378903.
  33. ^ O'Connor, Maureen (23 December 2013). "Can Feminist Hashtags 'Dismantle the State'?". The Cut.
  34. ^ Ramzy, Austin; Bilefsky, Dan (September 28, 2017). "Celebrities Remember Hugh Hefner for More Than Just the Articles". The New York Times.
  35. ^ Walker, Connie (30 August 2018). "Sex doll brothel turns 'women into objects', says critic". The Current. CBC Radio One.
  36. ^ a b Murphy, Meghan (April 23, 2018). "Canada's Twitter Mobs and Left-Wing Hypocrisy". Quillette.
  37. ^ Murphy, Meghan (June 3, 2013). "A prostitution solution: Outlaw the customers, not the hookers". The Globe and Mail.
  38. ^ Aleem, Zeeshan (March 13, 2015). "16 Years Since Decriminalizing Prostitution, Here's What's Happening in Sweden". Mic.
  39. ^ Sainato, Michael; Skojec, Chelsea (January 22, 2017). "Washington Post Insults Women's March, Stealth Edits Article". Observer.
  40. ^ a b c d e Greer, Darryl (November 3, 2016). "Writer Quits Rabble Over Pulled Blog". Canadaland.
  41. ^ "Meghan Murphy Presents a Feminist Case Against Bill C-16" on YouTube
  42. ^ "The Standing Senate Committee On Legal and Constitutional Affairs – Evidence". Senate of Canada. Parliament of Canada. May 10, 2017.
  43. ^ "Legal and Constitutional Affairs – Meeting Detail". Senate of Canada. Parliament of Canada. May 10, 2017.
  44. ^ Tasker, John Paul (May 12, 2017). "Transgender rights bill threatens 'female-born' women's spaces, activists say". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
  45. ^ Robertson, Dylan C (May 30, 2017). "Senate committee rejects motion to narrow trans bill's scope". Daily Xtra.
  46. ^ Bindel, Julie (9 October 2015). "No platform: my exclusion proves this is an anti-feminist crusade". The Guardian.
  47. ^ Murphy, Meghan (September 7, 2016). "Are we women or are we menstruators?". Feminist Current. (first published in rabble.ca)
  48. ^ @Twitter (17 November 2017). "We've updated our rules around abuse and hateful conduct as well as violence and physical harm. These changes will be enforced starting December 18. Read our updated rules here:" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  49. ^ Twitter Safety (18 December 2017). "Enforcing new rules to reduce hateful conduct and abusive behavior". Twitter.
  50. ^ Prengel, Kate (November 24, 2018). "Meghan Murphy: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  51. ^ Camp, Frank (November 24, 2018). "Progressive Feminist Suspended From Twitter After Criticizing The Transgender Movement". The Daily Wire.
  52. ^ Bindel, Julie (November 26, 2018). "Meghan Murphy, Twitter and the new trans misogyny". Spectator USA. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  53. ^ Robertson, Julia Diana (November 27, 2018). "Twitter Bans Meghan Murphy, Founder of Canada's Leading Feminist Website". AfterEllen. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  54. ^ Matt, Naham (February 12, 2019). "Feminist Writer Sues Twitter After She Tweets 'Men Aren't Women' and Gets Banned". Law & Crime. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  55. ^ Robertson, Julia Diana (February 13, 2019). "Twitter's Thought Police Exposed After Prominent Feminist Sues the Company For Targeted Ban". AfterEllen. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  56. ^ Murphy, Meghan (February 26, 2019). "Why I'm Suing Twitter". Quillette. Retrieved 13 April 2019.

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