Anne Theriault

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Calling Out Mansplainers Isn't the Same as 'Silencing' Men

(44) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 12:34 PM

Dear Tom McLaughlin And Joshua Sealy-Harrington,

We need to talk about your recent article in the Globe and Mail.

Specifically, we need to talk about the fact that you have cast yourselves as allies and yet are doing far more to hurt the causes that you claim to believe...

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If Fredericton's Morgentaler Clinic Closes, Women Will Die

(24) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 12:38 PM

The Morgentaler abortion clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick has announced that it will close its doors in July due to lack of funding.

The Morgentaler clinic is the only abortion clinic in New Brunswick. In fact, aside from the Athena clinic in Newfoundland, it is the only abortion clinic east...

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Why the Men's Rights Movement Is Garbage

(768) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 12:04 PM

I need to take a moment here to talk about the Men's Rights Movement, because there seems to be some confusion. Actually, there seems to be a whole lot of confusion.

Over the past little while, I've had a number of people challenge me on calling out men's rights activists...

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Heroines of Literature and Film, You Don't Have to Be Pretty!

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 9:25 AM

"I'm not trying to be self-deprecating," I say, "I just don't get it. I'm younger. I'm not pretty. I --"

He laughs, a deep laugh that sounds like it came from deep inside him, and touches his lips to my temple.

"Don't pretend," I say breathily. "You know...

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Don't Fat Shame, Don't Thin Shame, All Bodies Are Good Bodies

(9) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 8:37 AM

You've probably heard that Marilyn Monroe was a size 14.

Or a size 16, or a size 12, or a size 10, depending on who you ask.

Whatever number someone quotes you, the message is always the same: our standards of beauty have changed, and not for the better. The...

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An International Women's Day Alphabet

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 1:51 PM

A is for Austen, the Regency hellion

B is for Boudica, who raised a rebellion

C is Cleopatra, fierce Queen of the Nile

D is Diana, whose voice does beguile

E is for Ella, who broke racial barriers

F is for Franklin, whose DNA...

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Trans Woman Avery Edison Was Put in a Men's Prison -- Why, Canada?

(33) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 8:44 AM

Here in Canada, we tend to think of ourselves as claiming a sort of moral high ground when it comes to social justice issues. We think of ourselves as liberated, fair, and anti-oppression; we look down on other countries for their medieval legislature, patting ourselves on the back for being...

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How To Undermine a Rape Victim: Woody Allen Edition

(98) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 11:37 AM

Trigger warning for talk of rape. 

Preface the victim's open letter about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father with a statement saying that he deserves the presumption of innocence. Always approach situations like this with the thought that the victim might be lying; remind yourself...

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Saying "It's Your Depression Talking" Takes Away My Voice

(8) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 12:02 AM

I walked out of my therapy appointment yesterday. I don't mean that I stormed out or anything -- I politely told my therapist that I wasn't in a great headspace and that talking about it was making me feel worse instead of better -- but still. It felt like a...

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Thanks Pete Seeger, For Your Revolutions Big and Small

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 11:33 AM

I've had a weirdly emotional reaction to Pete Seeger's death. Like, way more intense than I would have imagined. I mean, he was 94, right? That's a good run. A really good run. And I haven't listened to his music in years and years. Maybe not really -- not seriously,...

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Why Did York University Throw Women Under the Bus?

(46) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 3:00 PM

When I first heard about the student at York University who asked to be excused from a group project for religious reasons, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. I'm still not, to be perfectly honest.

The student, whose name is being withheld for privacy reasons,...

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Do We Have To Be Offended By Everything?

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 12:00 PM

You are a smart person and you pride yourself on your critical thinking abilities and general good taste.

You read or hear or watch something and find yourself smiling, nodding in agreement, maybe even laughing out loud. This, whatever this happens to be, is genius. Whoever created it somehow articulated...

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What Would Nelson Mandela Think of Canada's Apartheid?

(16) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 4:26 PM

Thomas Mulcair wrote a very touching tribute to Nelson Mandela in today's Toronto Star, using Mandela's story of struggle and eventual triumph over a deeply racist regime as a call to arms to Canadians to affect change in our own country. Like so many of the things that I've...

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Since the Montreal Massacre, Not Enough Has Changed for Women

(69) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 4:33 PM

When I was a kid, my mother had a button that looked exactly like this:


I couldn't find a very large image of this button, but in case you're wondering, around the edge it reads: "In commemoration of...

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Why I Won't Be Wearing A Remembrance Day Poppy

(159) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 10:57 AM

It's early November, which means that our dark, sober winter coats, fresh out of their summer storage, suddenly have bright felt flowers blooming on their lapels. Veterans, dressed in their neatly-pressed Legion uniforms, begin popping up in shopping malls and subway stations, asking for donations. The words Lest We Forget...

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I've Wasted Most of My Life Hating My Nose -- No More

(7) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 11:23 AM

I've been thinking a lot about this interview with Lisa Kudrow about the nose job she got when she was in high school.

My first thought is that I want to go back in time and hug teenaged Lisa Kudrow. I want to tell her that it sounds like...

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High-Tech Panties Won't Stop Rape

(66) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 3:12 PM

There is currently an Indiegogo campaign created by AR Wear for a line that they call Anti-Rape Clothing. These garments, which include a pair of boy-cut brief-style panties, running shorts, leggings and "travelling shorts," are allegedly designed and built to be unremovable except by the owner, who has some...

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How to Talk to New Parents

(3) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 11:42 AM

Social media can be an amazing tool for first-time parents. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and their ilk give housebound caregivers the chance to connect with other people without having to leave their bedroom. They make it easier to find others who are currently in, or have been in, similar situations. They...

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Are You Man Enough for This Dare, David Gilmour?

(68) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 5:31 PM

Dear David Gilmour,

As a woman writer I'd like to say "thank you."

No, honestly, thank you.

Thank you for being privileged enough, culturally tone-deaf enough, and even just plain stupid enough to say that you don't love women writers enough to teach their works in...

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Slut-shaming, Suicide, and Mrs. Hall

(142) Comments | Posted September 7, 2013 | 9:32 AM

Most of you have probably already seen Kim Hall's post FYI (if you're a teenage girl). Both the original and the many, many brilliant take-downs written in response have been circulating social media this week, so it's been pretty hard to avoid. If by some chance you've managed to...

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