PODCAST: Daisy Kler on the way racism and misogyny play out in Canada to doubly harm women

In this episode, Meghan Murphy speaks with Daisy Kler, a longtime anti-male violence activist in Vancouver, about the reality of racism and male violence in Canada.

Take Back the Night/Friday, September 18, 2015.

 “Male violence against women is still considered a distraction [by the male left], rather than a fundamental oppression that the left has to deal with.” — Daisy Kler

We talk about intersectionality a lot these days, but what does it really mean to combine our analysis of race, class, and gender? While we know women from all walks of life suffer male violence, how are working class women and women of colour impacted particularly? How has the activism of Indigenous women and other feminist groups in Canada made a difference, in terms of understanding the reality of male violence? And moreover, why has the left failed to effectively analyze and challenge sex based oppression and male violence, despite its interest in ending systems of oppression and building an equitable, just society?

In this episode, I speak with Daisy Kler, a collective member at Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter and the founder of South Asian Women Against Male Violence. Vancouver Rape Relief is Canada’s first rape crisis line and runs a transition house for battered women and their children. Daisy has worked there for over 18 years. In those years she has played a role in training and maintaining volunteers and as a media spokesperson. She now assists in operating the rape crisis line and transition house. In recent years she was voted one of the 100 most influential Indo-Canadians in British Columbia. Daisy is a proud Punjabi whose paternal grandfather came to work here in 1905. She is rooted in the history of Vancouver’s South Asian immigrants and continues to fight for all women’s equality.

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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  • Meghan Murphy

    You act as though you are responding to something I’ve argued. What is it?

    • Rich Garcia

      It wasn’t directed at you specifically, but your guest on your podcast (who is correct about most of her points), and the idea that white women who align themselves with the Alt-Right are ‘oppressed’ or ‘powerless’ when they make a conscious decision to put their race above their sex. Even if the white men they are loyal to are misogynistic to the core. In hindsight I should have worded what I had to say a little better.

      • Meghan Murphy

        I don’t think the point is that they are powerless, but that they are oppressed, also, as women. It’s not that racist women are not culpable, but that they, in allying themselves or being married to white men does not offer them an escape from their subordinate position. (These are my words — I don’t want to speak for Daisy.)

  • Rich: I’m really surprised at your comments, as they are pretty much the opposite of what you’ve posted on my blog & youtube channel. Not trying to razz you, but I’d like you to define both “racist” and “classist.”

    I cannot speak for Canada, but this speaker makes many errors when talking about the US. First, there is no “white supremacy” but there’s plenty of “jew supremacy” and “black supremacy.” Speaking of Jews, her blanket & ignorant statement of “rich white men” of course doesn’t include the bald fact that more than 50% of these men aren’t white but “just happen to be” Jews. She makes so many assumptions & perversions of reality that it would take me an hour to address them all. I’ve done so many times on my own podcasts & writings so I won’t repeat myself here.

    • Rich Garcia

      @disqus_LMC2rp3Le3:disqus At this point I don’t care anymore about the Jews, or white people, or black people, or any other racial group I am not a part of, because I don’t fit into their world. The problem is male supremacy. Males as a group are killing this planet.

      What am I supposed to say? That the male effort to infiltrate and undermine the Feminist Movement is the fault of Jewish corporatists, when most of the men doing this are in fact white males? Many of them affiliated with the Men’s Rights Movement?