Happy belated bday to us!

Oh esteemed readers, apparently we have been so busy over here at Feminist Current that we managed to miss our own bday. But now we are two!

Since our launch on July 1, 2012, Feminist Current has become the most-read feminist blog in Canada, our stats went from averaging 20,000 a month to over 100,000 a month, and we’ve developed an incredible, amazing community of readers and commenters.

I can’t tell you how grateful I am for all of your participation, time, energy, input, feedback, support, and donations. It means so much to me that you would spend your time and energy here and I’ve learned and continue to learn so much from you all.

I’ve said it many times before and it is absolutely no exaggeration to say that Feminist Current commenters are the smartest commenters on the whole internet. I mean, read the comments. Then read the internet. The folks who comment here are truly amazing. I don’t know what I would do without you.

Through the ups and downs many of you have stuck it out here and held me to account as well as offered support. Thank you.

In celebration of our birthday I’m sending you all of my love, respect, strength, and solidarity. We would be nothing without one another.

Until we win.

xox

Meghan

Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

Founder & Editor

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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  • Derrington

    I have only come recently to FC all the way from London but I feel that this is the best forum on the internet for serious debate and debunking of feminist principles particularly around neo liberal ideas of whats good for the individual overrides the good of all. Thank you Megan for this space, you and your fellow participants are reestablishing my faith that there is any humanity left worth a damn.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Oh thank you so much!

  • Congratulations! Your wild and wooly voice is changing attitudes. Feminism improves the world for women and men. Keep up the intellectual discourse.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Thank you @miner49er!

  • amongster

    thank you for your time, energy and awesomeness! real glad to know this page. to me it’s an oasis of sanity. so, happy belated birthday!

    • Meghan Murphy

      That means a lot to me, amongster! Thank you for all your great insight and contributions.

  • Thank you, Maghan, for helping keep my head from exploding on a daily basis. Happy belated birthday to Feminist Current!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8ZR-WmCcJw

    • Meghan Murphy

      Thank you Mar Iguana! You contributions here are always appreciated!

      • Aw geez. You’d think I could at least have spelled your name right. How embarrassing for me.

        • Meghan Murphy

          Haha. Those things really aren’t important 🙂

  • stephen m

    Meghan, Happy Birthday to feministcurrent!
    All the best to you, and thank you for your choice of thought provoking topics and your excellent writing.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Thanks for all your support and contributions stephen!

  • Meghan, big congratulations from your friends in Australia. You deserve your success. In an avalanche of online commentary yours is a not-to-be-missed. It has been a pleasure to work with you and thanks for your support. Melinda

    • Meghan Murphy

      Thanks Melinda! Your work is always amazing and inspiring to me! Thank you so much for your ongoing support.

  • Lo

    Thank you Meghan for all the amazing articles. Feminist current is probably the only blog with the best critics about our society.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Thanks Lo!

  • Nuts, I wanted to be the first Australian to leave a comment! Oh well, happy to be here anyway.

    “Current commenters are the smartest commenters on the whole internet. I mean, read the comments. Then read the internet.”

    Smartest on the Internet? That’s not saying much. Especially when you take into account the fact that most of what we are competing against can be summed up as “You are an ugly cunt who deserves to get raped except you are too ugly for that” and “Choice, choice, choice, agency, agency, agency, empowerment, empowerment, empowerment, I do what I want with my sexy body and big government sucks (except when it gives me free stuff)”. Thanks for the compliment anyway!

    • Meghan Murphy

      I hear that, but I still feel grateful you all are here. I imagine there are other sites who believe THEY have the best commenters but they are clearly wrong. So wrong. You all are the best 🙂

  • I’ve been following this site for a year and a half, and only now I’ve realized how young this blog is…anyway, happy birthday, and I hope to read much more interesting articles here. BTW, the last one about natural birth caused quite the controversy, huh?

    • Yeah, it did. I have the feeling that the commenters are somewhat more in line with traditional radical feminism than the bloggers (who are more moderate or liberal) and traditional radical feminism is very much opposed to the medical institution. That’s not to say that the bloggers are liberals or moderates, but being a consistent radical feminist can get you into big trouble so they have to soften their message a little, while the commenters have the liberty to say what they wish (so long as they are not total jerks.)

    • C.K. Egbert

      Tell me about it.

      I’m so happy to have found this blog and to have the opportunity to write articles for it. I hope the controversy doesn’t negatively impact the blog in any way.

      • morag

        A big happy birthday to FC! I thought your article on childbirth was excellent CK, I’m so sorry that so few people actually responded to what you wrote. I have to disagree somewhat with you Independent Radical, I think the bloggers hereare very much in line with radical feminism but some commenters are more liberal (I find that the best comments here are radical in nature too). The articles here deal with systems of oppression but liberal commenters want to make it about individuals. On the childbirth article everyone mistook CK’s critique of the medicaization of childbirth as a personal attack on their choices.

        Can I just mention that I love all of your comments IR? I follow your blog too. I love Mar Iguana’s too but that last one fucking hurt.

        • Meghan Murphy

          Thanks for the bday wishes morag! And for all your contributions!

        • When I said the commentors are more radical I was talking about the regular commentors, not the people who show up and one blog post to blabber on about how much they love pornography/prostitution/BDSM (e.g. Strongly Submissive) and are never (or rarely) seen on the site again. I think the regular commentors are pretty radical especially when it comes to the issue of transsexualism. They are also more uncompromising (they use less liberal-appeasing disclaimers.) I do not want to sound like I am condemning the bloggers, because I understand that they have more responsibility and I were in their situation I would probably be trying to avoid trouble too, especially if I were using my real name.

          When it comes to distinguishing liberals from radicals, I don’t use individualism vs. systemic analysis as my criteria. I used to, but then I found that some pornography/BDSM defenders claim that they are radical feminists and that they have a systemic view of pornography/BDSM industry. I even came across a pro-pornography article that argued that Gail Dines lacked an understanding of the social context of pornography. I can only assume that what the author meant was something along the lines of “Gail Dines does not believe that if we did away with capitalism and patriarchy (as liberals understand it) images of a man shoving his penis down a woman’s throat until she vomits would be magically okay, therefore she is ignoring the context”. Of course we should examine systems and not just isolated symptoms, but the idea that we need systemic analysis can be distorted by liberals, leading them to argue that only abstract things like patriarchy and capitalism can be criticised and not their concrete outcomes (e.g. sweatshops, pornography), because that would “denying people’s agency” or whatever.

          So when I try to determine whether someone is a liberal or radical I do so by examining their positions. Those who positions align more with those of traditional, radical feminist movements are radical. Those who deviate from these positions in favour of liberal positions (like “pornography is awesome”, “breast implants are awesome”, “getting beaten up by men is awesome”,”everything feminists used to criticise is awesome”) are liberals. I had to start drawing the distinctions using concrete issues rather than abstract principles, because when I spoke about the abstract need to not be individualistic and to look at the bigger picture, too many pornography loving liberals agreed with me and, in my view, the only thing worse than a liberal hating you for not being one of them, is a liberal thinking you are one of them. Their notion of “inclusivity” is more like assimilation if you ask me.

          Thanks for following my blog!

      • Meghan Murphy

        So happy you found us, C.K.! Thank you for contributing!

  • Mark

    Hi Meghan,

    My name is Mark. I started reading up on feminism about 6 months ago. It took me a while to navigate through a lot of the dross on the net and finally arrive here.
    I agree with the above statements from various commenters. I believe this website has the most level headed, well thought out, informative and compassionate articles. This website is my gold standard for all feminism related articles. I love it. Honestly, some of the articles on here have really changed my life.
    It seems that you really care about people and that comes through in your writing. So kudos to you and all the commenters for contributing.
    My only request is that you post more articles, haha!

    • Meghan Murphy

      Thanks Mark! I will do my best to post more 🙂

    • marv

      Very commendable words Mark. Please give and invite others (especially men) to donate to Meghan’s work then she will have the resources to post more articles. I am being well intentioned not sarcastic 🙂

      • Mark

        Yep, good point Marv, thanks for bringing that up. I will do that!

  • I very much appreciate this blog, and all the work that goes in to it, even when I don’t agree with it (though I do, most of the time).

    It is very sad that so many “radical” fora are being taken over by the commercial sex trade, which is anything but a positive setting for the emancipation of women or of any human beings for that matter.

    Of course, being considerably older than Meghan or, I believe, most of the other contributors to this blog, some of the pop culture stuff is under the radar for me – all the more so because we get different pop culture here in Québec (oh, it can be every bit as crappy and sexist, in large part thanks to the Péladeau empire). But I read everything, even though I may have nothing to say.

    I’d be very interested in the intersection of feminism and environmental movements, in particular ecosocialism. I’ve just been looking at the Facebook page of Idle No More Québec – like elsewhere, founded mostly by young women and so refreshing due to that.

    And to a secular, non-idealist view of ecofeminism (that has nothing to do with “The Goddess”).

    To conclude, that is quite the Pride Cake! Our Pride (DiversCité) is a bit later, and while as everywhere it has become far too commercial, there are alternative activities for lesbians and gays and us boring straights who support our sisters and brothers. One of the Québec solidaire MNAs, Manon Massé, is very “out”; she is the MNA for the riding where the Gay Village is located and will certainly have a lot to say about the work that remains, in terms of a welcoming and egalitarian society for all.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Thanks for being here and your contributions to the discussion, lagatta!

  • J422

    Bon anniversaire !

    • Meghan Murphy

      Merci!

  • MLM

    Happy Birthday 2nd Feminist Current! And congratulations, Meghan! Sending love, respect, strength, and solidarity right back to you.

    May this amazing feminist oasis on the internet go only from strength to strength.

    • MLM

      ‘Happy 2nd Birthday Feminist Current!” I mean. (So excited about it I can’t even type properly 🙂

      • Meghan Murphy

        Haha. Thank you so much for all your amazing and insightful contributions MLM! I’ve learned so much from you.

  • anaeli

    I landed over here all the way from Romania! I think the fact that you have garnered not only international readers, but active “commenters” (I hope it’s a word), just goes to show how loud your words are and how they manage to touch such a great number of women, scattered all across the globe. I had some vague feminist ideals and notions before I came here… But after I discovered this site, it was like I had found an internet home or at least a place that gave me a really good starting place for my own understanding of women’s struggles. I now can proudly call myself a feminist and I really think it’s because of this place.

    Thank you for all the great work you do here! Happy birthday FC!

    • Meghan Murphy

      Wonderful! Thank you so much!

  • andeväsen

    Thank you for being the best feminist resource on the internet since rageagainstthemanchine.com. Happy Birthday. Please never leave the internet, Meghan Murphy.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Oh what a nice compliment! Thank you!

  • Jess B

    Happy Birthday Feminist Current! Keep the amazing articles coming!

    • Meghan Murphy

      Thanks Jess!

  • This is wonderful news.
    I’m very happy that this place goes so well and attracts so many readers.

    What you do Meghan (and those who contributes with writing on this page) is so important and as a male reader I feel blessed to have found this place.

    Happy birthday FC and may the spirits of reason continue to grow and spread!

    • Meghan Murphy

      Thank you for all of the time you spend here and all your valuable contributions to the conversation, Henke!

  • nick

    Thank you Meghan for all of your words and hard work, from Maryland U.S.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Thanks nick!

  • jo

    Happy Birthday Feminist Current 😀
    It’s such a relief that there is a site + commenters that actually writes from an actual feminist (not pro sexindustry etc) perspective! It’s a much needed site so thank you for blogging!

    • Meghan Murphy

      Thanks jo!

  • I was googling stuff about the “talking points” of the sex industry, and how they silence those that disagree with them, accusing us of being “anti-choice”, or in the latest instalment, being “19th-century parlour room socialists”, which just makes me laugh as I’ve been involved in labour, anti-racist and anti-imperialist/colonialist, tenants’ rights and last but not least feminist issues for decades. I will mention two examples of the latter: the support committee for Chantal Daigle, and the successful (and very difficult and dangerous) struggle to win asylum for a young Saudi woman whose case was based on sexist discrimination and threats to her on that basis.

    And look what post showed up in the course of my research:

    https://feministcurrent.com/4024/who-gets-a-say-the-sex-work-lobby-the-silencing-of-feminist-voices/

    Another novelty in the latest volley is calling exited people “failed sex workers”.

  • pisaquari

    Can’t wait to see what the terrible two’s brings! 😉 Happy Birthday FC!

    • Meghan Murphy

      Thanks pisaquari! You are a gem 🙂

  • I can’t recall what blessed search brought me to this blog, but a blessing it was. As others have said, this is truly an oasis – and a powerful one at that! It’s remarkable, I think, the impact of this writing on the wider discourse and in only two years! This is a place where I can find power and truth in writing by and about women. I am so eternally grateful Meghan for your work and to the other insightful contributors and commenters. Thank you.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Oh thank you lizor. I so appreciate all the time you spend here and all your valuable contributions to the conversation.

  • hypatia

    Meghan, thank you for all the hard work you do. I’ve commented infrequently over the years, but I’ve followed your writing since you were on the F-word, and when you started this blog, I came on over. You have been a voice of sanity in the sea of rugged individualists, and I’ve learned a lot from you. Keep it up!

    • Meghan Murphy

      Thank you hypatia! For sticking around through the years and for all your valuable contributions!

  • Happy Birthday! I was getting depressed reading third wave feminism and I kept saying to myself, “Oh no I feel like feminism has really lost its way.” Then I started reading this blog and some other second wave things and I don’t feel lonely anymore as a feminist that I am the only one with these ideas, or so depressed that feminism has lost its way.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Well that’s something! Thanks Jan 🙂