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Anne Theriault

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Doctor Morgentaler Helped Create a Safer And More Caring

Doctor Morgentaler Helped Create a Safer And More Caring Society

What do you say about someone whose contribution to your life, and the lives of all women, is invaluable? Anti-choice groups nearly always talk about what kind of cancer-curing genius any given fetus might grow up to be, but almost no one talks about what a woman might become if she chose to terminate her pregnancy. Thank you, Doctor Morgentaler.
05/30/2013 08:24 EDT
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118 Books You Must Bring With You to a Desert Island

Oh my dear sweet Jesus I love books so much. I love reading books, I love buying books, I love writing about books and I love talking about books. So with that in mind, I asked you guys what your all-time favourite, desert-island books were. Here's what you had to say.
05/24/2013 05:31 EDT
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13 Ways to Survive a Hangover

Stay in bed. Hunker down under the covers. Read Sheila Heti's How Should A Person Be? and highlight the passages that you feel specifically apply to your life. Eat too many cookies. Let your cat lick your face clean, but stop her when she tries to groom your eyebrows.
05/17/2013 07:53 EDT
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Your Ten Dollar T-Shirt Is Not The Problem

The price of a piece of clothing is not at all indicative of the working conditions of its manufacturer. On top of that, implying (or outright saying) that there is something morally wrong with paying ten dollars for a t-shirt is incredibly classist. The truth is that when brand names charge higher prices for their items, that extra cash usually goes to two places: into the pockets of CEOs and other higher-ups, and into the company's advertising budget.
05/07/2013 12:20 EDT
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Rape Culture Knows No Borders

In India, a five-year-old girl was kidnapped, raped, tortured and left for dead. This, on the heels of the brutal gang rape in India that happened back in December. And a story about a six-year-old Indian girl who was raped. And a story about 11- and 13-year-old sisters who were raped by their mother's boyfriend. All of these rapes happened within a week's span. Rape culture knows no borders. We all live in it. We all participate in it.
04/27/2013 07:50 EDT
We Are All to Blame for Rehtaeh Parsons' Facebook

We Are All to Blame for Rehtaeh Parsons' Suicide

The story of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old from Nova Scotia who hanged herself on April 4, a year and a half after being raped, is disturbingly familiar. And there were bystanders, plenty of bystanders, who had any number of opportunities to step in and do something, but none of them did. And, in many ways, you are one of these bystanders, too. I am, too. We all are.
04/09/2013 04:31 EDT
Stop Using the “Wives, Sisters, Daughters” Argument Against The Steubenville AP

Stop Using the “Wives, Sisters, Daughters” Argument Against The Steubenville Rapists

You need to stop using the "wives, sisters, daughters" argument when you are talking to people defending the Steubenville rapists. Or any rapists. Or anyone who commits any kind of crime, violent or otherwise, against a woman. In case you're unfamiliar with this line of rhetoric, it's the one that goes like this: You should stop defending the rapists and start caring about the victim. Imagine if she was your sister, or your daughter, or your wife. What you are actually doing is perpetuating rape culture by advancing the idea that a woman is only valuable in so much as she is loved or valued by a man.
03/19/2013 05:18 EDT