What’s Current: Police in South Korea want to arrest the owner of Womad, an anti-spycam pornography site

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  • Police in South Korea want to arrest the operator of Womad, a feminist website calling out revenge porn by turning the lens around, and posting nude photographs of men. The arrest warrant has sparked a backlash, as many have pointed out the police have done little to punish men guilty of the same crimes.
  • Data shows girls spend more time on household chores than boys do, that they are paid less than boys for doing chores, and have smaller allowances.
  • Stonewall is failing lesbians in their position on transgenderism and refusal to challenge the misogynistic abuse trans activists direct at women who question trans ideology.
  • Transsexual women speak out against modern trans ideology and proposed changes to the UK Gender Recognition Act.
  • Less than half of American millennial women identify as feminists.
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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  • Lucy Potato

    They’re still men not former.

  • Sharpie

    The news about the South Korean Womad situation makes my blood boil. I’ve read enough stories about spy porn and all the bullshit that south korean women have to put up with and it’s disgusting. Months and months of protesting have done nothing to convince the police to act. If this isn’t sexism then I don’t know what it is.

    These men have wives, daughters, sisters, yet refuse to protect girls and women because they enjoy what’s being done to them. They don’t care if the females in their families might be subjected to the same type of stalking and public humiliation, what’s important is that they get to masturbate to unconsensual porn and degrade whoever is unlucky enough to be targeted by them.

    If men truly had empathy towards us they would’ve ended this immediately. It doesn’t matter if the government and power figures deny that sexism is at the root of this problem, we know the truth.
    This is what happens when you let men in power positions, they’ll gaslight you into silence. No amount of proof from women is enough to get them to act. They’ll just deny, deny, deny and go back to sit their asses on their comfy chairs and play their male power games.

    I’m sick of this. Sick to the core. Ignoring women’s concerns seems to be the rule today as much as it was in the past. I’m seeing this in every country I observe. It’s just depressing.

  • Meghan Murphy

    I also suspect that third waveism is unappealing to LOTS of women. It is nonsensical and focuses on ridiculous, unimportant issues. If that’s what I thought feminism was, I wouldn’t be a feminist either.

    • Wren

      I did not identify as a feminist until I discovered radical feminism, and this is really only in the last five years. I understood feminists existed as sex pozzies almost exclusively. I thought I was something that hadn’t yet been defined (stupid, I know), and even though I knew and read a bit of Dworkin and some other 2nd wave anti-prostitution feminists, I didn’t know that there were “waves.” I thought feminism had simply devolved into something I could not embrace.

      • FierceMild

        Same

  • Sharpie

    Yes, I am very informed on this. One of the reasons why this whole situation bothers me so much is because despite living in Europe, I witnessed this from a distance. When I was in high school 8 years ago, I started exchanging emails with a South Korean girl that I met on a international students website. We became friends and we still talk to each other every day. In the past couple of years she’s been the target of this spy-porn practice a few times. Last year a stalker also entered her studio apartment and stole panties and bras from her. The police of course, didn’t help her much. I’ve seen her cry about this while we were facetiming each other and it broke my heart to see her so helpless and desperate. This has also taken a toll on her view of men and relationships with them and I can’t blame her. I wish there was something I could do to help her but South Korean women are doing a lot already and no one listens.

  • Meghan Murphy

    This makes no sense. As if black women aren’t subjected to male violence, prostituted, objectified, etc. Of course they need feminism, and are very much part of this movement.

  • Meghan Murphy

    The last woman you dated was 19???? A) I don’t believe you, B) Gross.

    • Robert Lindsay

      It’s true. She had some an older man fetish. It’s not easy to get them at my age. They approach me all the time, but most want a sugar daddy thing.

      And, I am gross. Thank you. I told you I was an ordinary man.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Sure, most white, college educated, middle class liberals are on board with all that crap, but that’s not all or most women.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Yeah, basic needs supersede political ideology and activism. Your mistake is to equate the fight for women’s liberation and to end violence against women with a theory/idea, rather than with a fight — like the fight against capitalism and racism — against oppression. I very much doubt you’d tell labour activists or anti-racism activists what you’ve said here. Don’t buy the gender studies hype. Feminism is no less ‘real’ than any other social justice movement.

  • lk

    Radwonka….where have you been? I feel like we have not seen you on here in a while…glad you are back 🙂

  • Meghan Murphy

    Which ‘white women’? You are acting as though black women are not a part of the feminist movement. Also, it’s not as though anyone here would oppose black women organizing for their own liberation, among only black women…

    Working class women also have different needs than rich women, but that doesn’t mean feminism isn’t ‘for them’.

    Women are dealing with more than one form of oppression, in many cases, but issues like male violence and objectification are universal issues for all women.

  • Meghan Murphy

    “because it’s mostly college educated white women flogging it”

    This is not true of the women I work with here in Vancouver… VRR is full of women who’ve never been to college and of women of colour. This all may be true of mainstream American liberal feminism, but the grassroots, independent women’s liberation movement doesn’t look like the picture you are painting.