Several women are accusing radio personality, musician, comedian and avowed male feminist Jamie Kilstein of being disrespectful and abusive to women.
Kilstein, who hosts the progressive liberal podcast Citizen Radio with Allison Kilkenny, left the show earlier this week. His departure was announced by Kilkenny on Facebook. She did not provide details on what he is alleged to have done to the women, and only spoke of the allegations in general terms. But she said she had asked him to leave. Kilkenny, who is also Kilstein’s ex-wife, wrote:
“About Jamie’s departure from Citizen Radio: Recently, some disturbing allegations have been brought to my attention entailing several women who have accused Jamie of being manipulative, emotionally abusive, and predatory in his behavior.”
Kilstein’s record company, Don Giovanni Records, which released his album A Bit Much, has also cut ties with him.
Heat Street reached out to both Kilkenny and Kilstein for further details, but neither has responded.
Kilstein, who lives in Los Angeles, has been a heavy promoter of feminism and social justice, and has published multiple articles and videos highlighting why men should be feminists. Kilstein’s popular video on “male privilege” racked up over 200,000 views on YouTube, and made the front page of sites like Everyday Feminism. Comments on the video have since been disabled.
Kilstein had no shortage of criticism for other male feminists in his piece for Slate, where he argued that male voices shouldn’t be privileged over female ones. “Men are instructed to listen to women and follow their leadership, but if they seem overeager to earn female validation, their ulterior motives may be questioned,” he wrote.
Writing for Mic, he wrote that “men who want to be feminist allies need to listen to women and give rise to women’s voices and experiences.”
But Katharine Heller, a former guest on Citizen Radio, wrote on Facebook that she stopped coming on the show after Kilstein acted inappropriately towards her. Like Kilkenny, she did not go into detail with her allegations of his impropriety.
Two other women, Camille DeMere, and Clair Yee, also claimed they were treated badly by the male feminist. “He didn’t respect the boundaries I had set and wanted me to keep secrets from my boyfriend (I didn’t) and made me feel guilty for creating new boundaries and made me feel unsafe and manipulated,” Yee wrote on Twitter.
DeMere, who previously dated Kilstein, called their relationship “abusive,” but did not elaborate.