Feminist Current

Meghan  Murphy is a writer and journalist from Vancouver, BC. She is the founder and editor of Feminist Current, the most-read feminist blog in Canada. Feminist Current provides a unique, critical perspective on pop culture, politics, culture, media, and current events. Meghan has published work in Vice, New Statesman, xoJane, Ms. magazine, The Globe and Mail, Alter Net, the National Post, Herizons, and many other national publications.

Not your feminist dream girl

In May, I participated in a protest against Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Eugene, Oregon. A pro-Trump rally was scheduled and some of my friends figured it demanded a counter message. Armed with a pocket-size “Know Your Rights” fact sheet and a banner that read, “Women/girls and people of colour deserve better than Trump’s misogyny, racism, and xenophobia,” we gathered defiantly, in the face of the hostile climate fostered throughout the election season ....more

What’s Current: Nottinghamshire police say they will record misogyny as a hate crime

Nottinghamshire Police will begin recording misogyny, like abuse and sexual harassment, as hate crimes. Australian judge says that incest and pedophilia “may be accepted” by society. BBC article attempts to posthumously erase female artist Claude Cahun as a lesbian, claiming instead that she was actually trans ....more

What’s Current: Thousands protest sexual assaults during bull run in Pamplona, Spain

Protesting sexual violence against women during the San Fermín festival in Pamplona, Spain. Image: Susana Vera/Reuters After 15 people were arrested over the past week in separate cases of sexual assault, including gang rape,...more

Emily Ratajkowski & Naomi Wolf team up to sell Playboy Feminism

What could be even more provocative than an interview with a naked lady talking about the innate empowerment of self-objectification? An interview with a naked lady about the innate empowerment of self-objectification conducted by Naomi Wolf. In the July issue of Harper’s Bazaar, actress and model Emily Ratajkowski reasserts her inability to separate “sexualization” from the biological fact of having a female body to Wolf, who declares her “an outspoken feminist.” Wolf defends her statement by reminding the reader that Ratajkowski “challeng[ed] the haters with a topless, in-your-face Instagram alongside Kim Kardashian.” In case you don’t recall, this “challenging” of “the haters” looked like this: We are more than just our bodies, but that doesn't mean we have to be shamed for them or our sexuality ....more

What’s Current: Over 100 people taken into custody in Louisiana — ‘The only violent people were the police’

A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge. (Image: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters) At least 50 protestors were arrested on Sunday at the Black Lives Matter protest in Baton Rouge, bringing the number of people taken into custody over the weekend in the Louisiana capital to 160. Protester...more

Top tips to avoid body-shaming: A guide for those socially impaired by masculinity

Image: Stop Street Harassment I’ve had more than my fair share of unsolicited comments from fellow cyclists over the years, and they have one thing in common: They all come from men. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a condition that makes my nervous system send and receive messages improperly, making me tired after activities most people don’t find taxing. One of these activities is commuting long distances, which didn’t become a problem until I decided to go back to university in the middle of a transit-barren zone in North Vancouver, B.C. After several semesters braving a four-hour daily bus ride, my husband and I came up with a last-ditch effort to prevent me from dropping out: an electric bike ....more

What’s Current: Racism in America and police brutality

On Tuesday, 24-year-old Melissa Ventura was shot to death by two Yuma County sheriff’s deputies who were responding to a domestic-abuse call. Thousands of demonstrators marched through New York City’s streets on Thursday evening to protest the police killings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. Police officers in Dallas, Texas used an armed robot to kill the suspected shooter of 11 police officers on Thursday night ....more

Germany passes new rape law — is it good enough?

Image: PATRIK STOLLARZ (AFP/Archives) On Thursday, German parliament (Budestag) unanimously passed new rape legislation, based on the tenet of “no means no.” This is a huge step for Germany, as their current rape law is not based on sexual consent, but instead requires victims to show they physically resisted the attack in order for it to be considered rape or sexual assault. The weakness of German rape law was brought to international attention after the 2016 New Year’s Eve Cologne mass sexual assaults, when the victims were unable to press sexual assault charges due to the narrow legal definition of the crime. This legislation reform is a long time coming, considering that Germany made a commitment to legally redefine rape way back in 2011 ....more

What Clinton’s campaign offers women is not ‘nothing’

Hillary Clinton during a campaign stop at Mug-N-Muffin restaurant in Stone Ridge, Va. I’m astonished when liberals say that Clinton’s campaign offers nothing to people left behind in the economy. It’s worrying how often the key issues she raises — child care, abortion access, elder care, retirement benefits for unpaid carers and widows, disability rights, and equal pay — are invisibilized by so many loud voices in the Democratic Party’s left ....more

What’s Current: Child marriage no longer legal in Virginia

In a social experiment, New Yorkers reacted with horror to a staged child marriage (Picture: Youtube/Coby Persin) On Friday, legislation updating rules that had made it legal for girls as young as 12 to get married in Virginia (if they had parental consent and were...more