League of Legends’ Rek’Sai Isn’t a Dude, Dude

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.”

The Bro Code

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.

Burn After Reading

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.

What the debate over Kim Kardashian’s race says about the changing face of America

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.