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It’s become increasingly difficult for leftists and feminists to critique certain ideas and groups, even when those groups put forth misogynist ideas, such as far-right Islamic groups. At the same time, we’re dealing with figures like Donald Trump and his followers who are promoting ignorant, dangerous, and racist arguments against Muslims as a whole, homogenizing Muslim people in a misinformed and damaging way.

Maryam Namazie is an atheist, a leftist, a feminist, a critic of Islamic extremism, and co-founder of the British Council of Ex-Muslims, yet she is routinely attacked and no-platformed — not only by Islamic groups, but by feminists and leftists, who call her Islamophobic.

In this episode, I speak with Namazie about her critiques, as well as the Paris attacks, the New Years Eve assaults in Cologne, Charlie Hebdo, and the trend of no-platforming controversial figures.

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 The Spectator, UnHerd, 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 lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.