About Founder Meghan Murphy.
Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist, and is the founder and editor of Feminist Current. She completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012.
Meghan began her radio career in 2007 in a trailer in the middle of a sheep field. The show was called The F Word and aired from a tiny Gulf Island off the coast of B.C. She took full advantage of the unmonitored freedom of pirate radio by drinking beer, reading passages from Andrea Dworkin, and playing Biggie Smalls. She returned to Vancouver, where she joined the coincidentally named F Word radio show, which she hosted and produced until 2012. The Feminist Current podcast is Meghan’s current “radio” project, which aims to bring progressive, critical, feminist analysis to anyone willing to listen. You can subscribe to the Feminist Current podcast on iTunes.
Meghan has been blogging about feminism since 2010. She is known for going against the grain and was the first to publish a critique of Slutwalk, back in 2011, and was one of the few popular feminist writers to publicly articulate both a radical feminist and socialist position against the sex industry, early on. Meghan’s critiques of #twitterfeminism, burlesque, self-objectification in selfies, and choice feminism have brought both acclaim and attacks, but most of all recognition as a writer who isn’t afraid to say something different, despite what popular feminism and mainstream media deem to be the party line.
You can find more of her writing in Truthdig, The Globe and Mail, the Georgia Straight, Al Jazeera, Ms. Magazine, AlterNet, Herizons, The Tyee, Megaphone Magazine, Good, National Post, Verily Magazine, Ravishly, rabble.ca, xoJane, Vice, The Vancouver Observer, and New Statesman. Meghan is a contributor to Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism and is currently working on a book project of her own, which takes a critical look at third wave feminism and calls for a return to the radical movement we call second wave feminism.
Meghan has appeared on CBC radio, Sun News, The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, BBC Radio 5, and Al Jazeera English, as well as many other media outlets.
Meghan is also available to teach workshops on advocacy journalism, interview techniques, blogging, feminist journalism, and podcasting. She has spoken on and moderated panels about sexism in the media, feminist journalism, and women writers. She lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her very photogenic dog, Emma (not pictured).
Terms & Services
Would you like to contribute to Feminist Current? We welcome new contributors! Please contact info[at]feministcurrent[dot]com outlining your writing experience along with a pitch or sample post. Include links to any of your online writing if you are able. Past blogging and online writing experience is definitely an asset. Be sure to fully explore the blog to see if your writing/analysis would fit with our style. Let us know why you are interested in blogging at Feminist Current!
Please don’t pitch us under a pseudonym. We have, on occasion, published work by authors who use a pen name for safety reasons, but only in exceptional circumstances. If you are pitching under a pseudonym for whatever reason, please do let us know. For the sake of professionalism and accountability, we do ask that authors publish under their real name.
If we do publish your piece, be aware that Feminist Current will not unpublish pieces once posted, with exceptions for legal reasons.
Feminist Current welcomes pitches, written/transcribed interviews, and completed articles from contributors. We strive to produce content that is current, engaging, fresh, and mechanically sound. As Canada’s leading feminist website, it’s also important that our material feature in-depth, well-researched, and accessible feminist analysis.
We get it. Not everyone’s a grammar buff or an experienced writer. For this reason, we ask that you be willing to work with an editor to eliminate any grammar errors, redundancies, clichés, or structural issues as well as to ensure your arguments are sound and that your claims are supported by evidence We have a particular style and readership at Feminist Current — one that is unlike many other online outlets. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the site and with the kind of analysis we put forth before pitching. Check out other articles written about the topic you plan to write on to ensure you aren’t either contradicting or repeating something that’s already been published. We aim for articles between 500 and 1500 words. If your submission is way over or under this word count, we may ask you to cut lines that aren’t essential to your argument or add content. We use the oxford comma.
Not sure why you’re being asked to approve another round of edits? Keep your eye out for the 10 things mentioned here. Watch for wordiness, repetition, lengthy sentences, jargon (please avoid academic jargon — it sounds pretentious and doesn’t help convey ideas clearly to readers), and passive voice. Use examples and back up your points with references.
In order to continue to be a credible source of news and commentary, it’s essential that writers support their claims with references (please use hyperlinks, not footnotes), particularly surrounding contentious issues. We do the bulk of our editing in Microsoft Word or Google Docs so we would recommend learning how to track changes and add comments. We may suggest extensive edits on your piece, or minimal ones, depending on the individual article. Some of these edits may be flexible and others may not. Rest assured that editors have the reader in mind, first and foremost. We want to publish something you feel happy and comfortable with and that our readers will understand and want to engage with.
We don’t claim to be a so-called “objective” platform. We represent a specific feminist analysis and don’t publish “alternate views” on certain topics. If the purpose of your submission is to provide a counter-argument on an issue where Feminist Current has taken a firm stance (prostitution, for example), we’d recommend pitching to a different outlet.
Lastly, we’re looking for writers who are willing to be flexible (within reason, of course). We value the fact that contributing writers are often experts in their field, both in terms of academics and life experience. However, we’d recommend getting attached to the fundamentals of your argument rather than specific lines within a piece.
Thanks for taking the time to consider submitting an article! We look forward to working with you. If you have questions about the material above, don’t hesitate to send us an email.
The views and opinions expressed by bloggers or commenters on this site are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Feminist Current.*
*MANY (but not all) views expressed on this site are my opinion. Sometimes you may not like the way I express those opinions. Whether or not you like my tone, style, or excessive use of caps lock is not my concern. If you think you would like to comment on these matters, don’t. For more on thinking you would like to comment on matters, please see the comment policy (below). ~Meghan
This comment policy is a work in progress. I tweak it as I go/consume more wine/become a progressively more irritable person.
I love that blogging allows for a relationship to build between writer and reader. I have learned all sorts of things from some of the amazing commenters who share this space with me online. I am super happy and grateful that folks are reading and participating. Thank you! I really think you are the best.
That said, as a result of both the anonymous nature of the internet and the topics and issues that come up within feminist discourse and debate, comments are sometimes communicated on blogs in a way that is not necessarily respectful or productive.
Not only that but, believe it or not, I am a busy lady! I have a bunch of jobs, am engaged in a daily struggle to make a living, and have a vested interest in extracurricular activities such as “socializing”, “sleeping,” and “practicing for my hip-hop karaoke debut.” Between all that, running this site and producing a weekly podcast, the days fill up pretty quickly.
In an effort to protect my sanity, the sanity of my readers, create a space where productive discussion can happen, AND sleep and eat and walk my dog and sometimes do the dishes (HA! Not really), Feminist Current, like many other blogs, has a comment policy.
The policy is not all that strict and is actually more just about providing a reference for you if, alas, your comment is deleted.
The most important thing to know is this: this is not a public forum.
Decisions about whether or not comments are published happen at my discretion. Comment moderation is not up for debate and, in fact, trying to debate the comment policy is likely to result in your comment not being published. I spend a lot of time in this comment section and I will decide what is and is not productive in terms of the discussion at hand. Comments that are nasty, repetitive, antagonistic, unintelligent, or full of empty words that mean nothing (see: various words that end in “phobia” or other newfangled terms invented in your queer studies classes). We are very advanced here, in terms of understanding feminist theory, history, and debates and aren’t fooled by academic jargon — which is not the same as being anti-academia, but is to say that you must actually say something relevant and of substance if you must employ jargon. Calling names will get you nowhere, nor will insulting or attacking the authors of posts. You have the entire internet upon which you may spew your anger and hate. You may not do it here.
All that said, if you do your best to say something relevant, rational, thoughtful, semi-respectful, and if you don’t spam the comment section, you will be ok.
Without further ado, I present THE COMMENT POLICY:
1) Stay on topic. Address the post at hand.
2) Be respectful. If you insult bloggers or fellow commenters your comment may be deleted. JUST KIDDING. We all act like a bunch of jerks here. It’s mostly just if you insult me and I don’t have time to make fun of you that day that your comment becomes susceptible to deletion.
3) The moderator (i.e. me) is the one and only person who decides which comments are published and which are not. These decisions may be with reason or not. As mentioned above, you don’t have a say in comment moderation.
4) If your comments are deemed unpublishable, please do not make arguments such as “BUT FREE SPEECH!” or “CENSORSHIP!” As explanation, I direct you to this quote:
[Free speech] does not mean you have the right to say your stuff on my blog. It means you have the right to start your own blog. Just because I have commenting functionality on my site, does not mean you have the right to post whatever you want on it. Every host of every site has the right to delete, edit, or modify any comment in any way, to ban users, and to implement whatever moderation norms and techniques one wants…Commenting is a privilege, not a right. You have to earn it. (via The Scientific American)
5) Please say things that are true. It is impossible to have any kind of conversation that is either sane or productive if we don’t stick to this rule. If you argue that something was said in the post at hand or by other commenters that was not actually said, your comment may be deleted. If you make an argument based on internet/twitter mythology but that has no basis in reality (i.e. “ANDREA DWORKIN THINKS ALL SEX IS RAPE” or “SECOND WAVE FEMINISTS ARE ALL BIGOTS.” “MEGHAN MURPHY IS RICH AND DRINKS BABY-BLOOD FOR BREAKFAST”), it is unlikely I will publish your comment unless I feel our commenters will provide you with a useful education in terms of reality.
6) No death threats/threats of violence/hate speech please.
7) No trolling. Trolling is defined as: “posting comments in order to derail the discussion’ [or] to take it away from the topic of the original article and onto a topic the commenter wants to discuss.”
8) I appreciate it if you leave a real email address. Because I am not anonymous, I appreciate non-anonymous comments. That said, I completely understand and respect that it isn’t safe to comment publicly about certain issues. If you feel it necessary, please go ahead an use a fake name, but I do ask that you be accountable, on a certain level, to moderators. Sometimes I may need to contact you about your comment, so it’s handy to have a real email address in those circumstances. Those who leave fake email addresses may or may not be allowed to comment. I will likely give you a warning, after which, if the issue is not amended, your comment(s) may be deleted.
8) No mansplaining.
9) If you demand answers, you will likely be banned or, at very least, your comments will be deleted. People are busy and are not employed by you. Therefore they do not owe you a response. Demanding answers assumes that comment moderation is a full time job. It isn’t. Sometimes I don’t have time to respond to all comments, though I will do my best to engage as much as possible and as much as necessary. Demanding a response makes me not want to respond. Because you aren’t the boss of me.
10) Please be aware of the space you are taking up in the comment section. If you start spamming the comments (leaving ten comments at one time, etc.), I’m likely to moderate you and even ban you if you this behaviour persists. Leave space for other people and do your best to leave comments that are productive. Leaving one thoughtful comment is more useful than twenty.
11) No comparing feminists to Hitler and/or fascists. If you say that feminists a) Just need to get laid, b) Are all a bunch of angry lesbians (not that there’s anything wrong with angry lesbians — they are the best.), or c) Are PMS’ing/too radical/extremist/crazy/screechy/ugly/hairy/blahblahblahboringtown, I’ll probably delete your comment. If you’re going to be insulting, at least be original.
12) Please don’t just post a link without some kind of comment attached to the link. It’s just bad form.
In conclusion, comment moderating is not an easy job. I’m doing my best, but it can be trying. Some days the internet makes me grouchy. As such, it’s possible that you may have written a comment that you feel fits the requirements of above mentioned guidelines and I deleted your comment anyway. Maybe I just don’t like you, maybe I didn’t think your comment was relevant or productive or interesting. Maybe you appear to be trolling. Maybe whatever. I make these decisions at my own discretion and you don’t have a say. This does not count has censorship. Here’s why. Moderation the best way to avoid making me and readers crazy and that’s why I do it. The less crazy we feel, the better.
Thanks for coming by and happy commenting!
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