Antonia Zerbisias

Antonia Zerbisias is a former columnist for the Toronto Star and is the co-creator of #BeenRapedNeverReported.

 

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Friday, December 11, 2009
My Spirits of Christmas Past and Present
Maybe it's because the youngest kidlets in my family are Jewish and don't celebrate Christmas that I am not feeling the ho-ho-holiday spirit. There's none of the screaming excitement that my siblings and I would feel when we were finally allowed downstairs to dive into the monster piles of presents all around the living room. Maybe it's because even the older children, who have everything and more, are blasé about adding to their stockpiles of electronics and other goodies.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Conservatives Sweeping 'Liberal Bias' From Bible
Lo, last week, when news of the Conservative Bible Project broke on Twitter, the Tweeple rang out with sarcasm. Progressives fired off fake verses one might find rewritten by the "family values'' fundamentalists behind Conservapedia, the so-called "trustworthy'' online information source for all things right-wing.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Femicide: There's Not Enough Outrage
`There's not enough outrage," lamented one women's rights activist at a candlelight vigil for the three women cut down last Tuesday night in a Pittsburgh-area aerobics class. As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted, only 75 people showed up to mourn Heidi Overmier, 46, Elizabeth Gannon, 49, and Jody Billingsley, 38, massacred by a man, who didn't know them, simply because they were women. That's unusual as the vast majority of femicide victims are killed by their intimate partners or male relatives.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Canadian Speaks Out for Palestinians
Kim Elliott speaks in tones so soft that it's sometimes tough to hear her. But she uses her voice effectively, making her more courageous than many other Canadians who shout a good game about human rights and freedom of expression, but who slink away when it comes to talking the talk about Israel's invasion of Gaza.
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Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Actually, It's Pro-Family to Advocate Policies That Give Women Choices
Dear, dear Reader, May we clear something up? Just because I advocate for regulated child-care spaces, pay equity for women and reproductive freedom, does not mean I am anti-family. Nor does it mean I have a hate on for women who do not work outside of the home for pay, and who choose to be full-time moms. Not every woman can choose. I'm not talking about families who have a computer, flat screen TV and DVD player in every child's room. I'm talking no options, no way out.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008
What We Need Is an F-Word Revolution
He's the boss, she's a bitch. He's independent, she's pathetic. He's childless, she's selfish. He's a Romeo, she's a stalker. He's angry, she's PMSing. These are just some of the gender inequities in Jessica Valenti's new book, He's a Stud, She's a Slut and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know .
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
'Demographic Winter' Is Just Overheated Rhetoric
Global warming means nothing to those who are concerned about "demographic winter." To them, the apocalypse will be the result of the dropping birth rate, especially that in the, ahem, "civilized" world. Among those leading the pro-natalist charge is pundit Mark Steyn, whose America Alone: the End of the World as We Know It was excerpted in Maclean's and met with charges of hate speech. It concerns itself with how we white women aren't popping out babies fast enough to keep up with the brown women.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Without Us, They'd Just Fight and Eat out of Cans
Imagine a world suddenly – very suddenly – without men. Planes would drop out of the sky as pilots disappeared. Cities would grow cold and dark as power generators stopped. No fire trucks would come to deal with the inevitable disasters. Legislatures would empty. Wars would end. Now imagine the flip side. Babies would fall out of vanished mother's arms. Things would get dirty and dusty. Men would eat out of cans. Liquor stores and bars would be booming. Drag queens would always have dates. In the short term, women would suffer.
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Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Afghan Evils Ignored at Our Peril
It was only after weeks of international outrage that Canada's House of Commons, in response to a motion sponsored by NDP leader Jack Layton, unanimously voted on Monday to condemn a death sentence faced by an Afghan journalist. About time, too, although the Harper government still hasn't had much to say about the case, at least not for the record. Why has it not been pounding on Afghan President Hamid Karzai's desk? Why has it not led the world's protests? Where is the accountability for Canadian blood and treasure?
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Thursday, January 17, 2008
No Movie Endings for Pregnant Teenagers
Nicole Richie's new baby daughter is not Paris Hilton's latest purse, or even her chihuahua. Neither is Christina Aguilera's new son, Courtney Thorne-Smith's new boy or the soon-to-be spawn of Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, or even Britney's 16-year-old sister Jamie Lynn Spears. Babies, babies everywhere. In the U.S., the birth rate among teenagers aged 15 to 19 has shot up after 14 years of declining. In Canada, at least as of 2004, it's been contracting, while the abortion rate has been heading up.
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