PODCAST: Orlando mass shooting fueled by anti-gay bigotry, unbridled masculinity, and misogyny

Victims of Orlando mass shooting at Pulse nightclub.
Victims of Orlando mass shooting at Pulse nightclub.

Early Sunday morning, a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 more in an attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Many have speculated about the motivations of the shooter, Omar Mateen, though most acknowledge the incident as a targeted attack on the gay and lesbian community. In today’s supposedly liberal society, why does anti-gay and lesbian bigotry still exist? What needs to be done to combat these kinds of attacks?

In this episode I speak with Julie Bindel, radical lesbian feminist, journalist, anti-violence activist, and the author of Straight Expectations: What Does It Mean to Be Gay Today about these questions and more.

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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