All posts by Naira Ruiz

I write about gender equality, race and tabloid culture.

REQUIRED READING (#Charlottesville and the Confederacy)

5.) What if Western media covered Charlottesville the same way it covers other nations (The Washington Post)
Notable quote: “’The worst thing Britain ever did was letting go of our colony and thinking Americans were capable of governing themselves without eventually resorting back to tribal politics,’ said Martin Rhodes, a shopkeeper in London.” Continue reading REQUIRED READING (#Charlottesville and the Confederacy)

The working man’s right to bare legs

For men, “professional attire” is pretty straightforward. Unless a job requires a uniform, a man’s work wardrobe typically falls into one of these classes: suits and ties if the dress code skews formal, dress pants with button-downs if it’s semi-forma, slacks with crisp shirts if it’s laid back,  and finally, jeans and t-shirts if it’s a work setting with very young men or older men who say “fuck it!”

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Tips for going vegan in the new year

There are many reasons why people contemplate a vegan lifestyle. Some people want to do it for their health, while others want to do it for ethical reasons.  But what stops many people from actually going through with it, is a fear of what being vegan must entail.  For these people (and you might be one of them) they picture a dull and bleak culinary life. A life filled with bland salads, steamed vegetables and rice cakes. Well, I’m here to assure you that this is a myth.  Being vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out.

So whether you’re serious about going vegan, or still in the contemplating stage, these 5 tips will definitely make things easier.

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Required reading

5.) The humiliating practice of sex-testing female athletes (The New York Times)
Notable quote: “No governing body has so tenaciously tried to determine who counts as a woman for the purpose of sports as the I.A.A.F. and the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.). Those two influential organizations have spent a half-century vigorously policing gender boundaries. Their rationale for decades was to catch male athletes masquerading as women, though they never once discovered an impostor. Instead, the athletes snagged in those efforts have been intersex women — scores of them.”

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