Happy New Year! Here are some of our top posts from 2013

It’s been a big year for Feminist Current! We have more readers than ever before and are now the most-read feminist blog in Canada! We had the pleasure of publishing some amazing and insightful analysis from women around the world in 2013 and, as always, our commenters add so much to these conversations, providing rigorous and challenging discourse and debate. Big thank yous to all of you readers, writers, commenters, supporters, sisters and brothers in the struggle for our collective liberation from the chains of capitalist, colonialist, patriarchy. To another year of struggle and solidarity!

Here are some of our top posts from 2013:

Cecilia Winterfox argues that feminists are not responsible for educating men.

Meghan Murphy wonders why it is that Justin Bieber is paying for sex — isn’t prostitution just about comforting the lonely and socially awkward, after all?

Samantha Berg looks at new research showing a decline in violence against prostituted women under the Nordic model.

With the Miley Cyrus/Sinead O’Connor debacle, we are reminded that “sexualization does not equal empowerment.”

Feminism’s focus on “consent” deserves a deeper analysis — often “consent” is not as simple as we make it out to be. Meghan Murphy writes on “the tyranny of consent.”

Emma Quangel takes a critical look at the idea of “sex worker unions.”

Meagan Tyler busts common myths about prostitution, trafficking, and the Nordic model.

Meghan Murphy points out that simply enjoying something while feminist doesn’t necessarily make that thing feminist, using Game of Thrones’ “imagined feminism” as a jumping off point.

Elizabeth Pickett writes a definitive piece on how to be a (male) feminist ally.

Emma Quangel looks at the dangerous and misguided postfeminist narrative behind writer Melissa Gira Grant’s pro-prostitution politics.

What would 2013 be without a robust debate on the merits and feminism of the “selfie?” Meghan Murphy takes it on in what turns out to be a surprisingly controversial critique.

And finally, Meghan Murphy writes a viral piece critiquing “twitter feminism,” looking at some of the toxic behaviour and discourse that happens on the medium; inadvertently launching a defensive hashtag: #twitterfeminism




Meghan Murphy

Founder & Editor

Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist from Vancouver, BC. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, Quillette, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and is now exiled in Mexico with her very photogenic dog.