After her release last December in one of the first few games that I played of League of Legends in which a player took on the role of Rek’Sai, many of my teammates were referring to Rek’Sai as “he” or “him”, including myself. Another player who identified herself as female complained about the use of the masculine pronoun in regards to the new champion, reminding us that “Just because she’s a monster doesn’t mean that she’s not a girl.”
Brothel visits are not the be-and-end-all of business relationships, which require far more expensive gifts, shared entertainment, outright bribes, and even long trips together paid for by one party. But for many years, they’ve been as essential a part of Chinese business culture as golf was in 1960s America, albeit with slight shifts over the last decade toward more “sophisticated” tastes, such as the rise of foreign spirits or wine in preference to baijiu.
In 1971, William Powell published The Anarchist Cookbook, a guide to making bombs and drugs at home. He spent the next four decades fighting to take it out of print.
America’s obsession with celebrities has a tendency to reveal the complex depths of our social and cultural prejudices. In the case of Kim Kardashian, one observation becomes very clear: Americans need to stop seeing race as a black-and-white issue, and on the Internet, people clearly have no idea what to do with her.