PODCAST: Finn Mackay on the revolutionary past and future of radical feminist activism

Meghan Murphy speaks with British feminist activist, Finn Mackay, about her book, “Radical Feminism: Feminist Activism in Movement.”

The feminist movement is still going strong, though today’s young third wave feminists could learn a thing or two from the activists of decades past. In her book, Radical Feminism: Feminist Activism in Movement, Finn Mackay delves into the history of radical feminist activism; exploring struggles, debates, and triumphs. A longtime activist herself, Mackay founded the London Feminist Network and revived the London Reclaim the Night in 2004, sparking a national resurgence of the protest march.

The book draws upon interviews with activist women Mackay conducted for her doctoral research, offering readers inspirational and educational accounts of grassroots, revolutionary feminist activism. She addresses key controversies and debates, including the question of whether men should be permitted to participate in Reclaim the Night marches. The book is not just a historic account, though, as Mackay also demonstrates how patriarchal oppression continues to manifest itself and why radical feminism is still needed today.

After a career in policy work on domestic violence prevention, Mackay is now Lecturer in Sociology at the University of the West of England, UK. Radical Feminism: Feminist Activism in Movement was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

I spoke with her over the phone last week.

Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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  • fragglerock

    I really enjoyed that interview. Great job, Meghan and thank you so much for all the important work you do.

  • N.K

    What a great interview! I learned so much from Finn about Take Back the Night and consciousness raising groups. I am trying to start one on my own so it was really good to hear about it.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Aw, I’ll try to get them out more frequently! I’m so glad you enjoy them!

    • RedRain

      I sent you a donation today for all your good work. Thanks so much. Keep it up!

      • Meghan Murphy

        Thank you so much for your support!