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Chloe Cushman

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Brexit's super Saturday

New uses for social media

Indians are learning English through TikTok. China's viral video-sharing app just launched an educational initiative in India.

Indians are learning English through TikTok

It seems like ByteDance is trying to use the massive popularity of TikTok for something other than just being really fun.

Indians are using a Chinese app to teach one another English. Although it's an innovative use of social media, I'm a bit skeptical about TikTok's ability to revamp its image. The app's parent company, ByteDance, is based in Beijing. The specter of Chinese influence looms large.

This looks to me like an exercise to clean up its act in India. TikTok has had a rough run in this part of the world with linkages to fatal accidents and pornography. It's also faced legal suits and government warnings. So trying to promote and build an image of being more useful in helping common people

This looks to me like an exercise to clean up its act in India. TikTok has had a rough run in this part of the world with linkages to fatal accidents and pornography. It's also faced legal suits and government warnings. So trying to promote and build an image of being more useful in helping common people works in its favour. For the next court case, TikTok will at least have something positive to show for why it should be allowed to stay in the country.

The future of cars

The world’s downtowns are giving up on personal cars. In recent years, cities have begun to banish cars from specific streets or entire districts.

The world’s downtowns are slowly giving up on personal cars

I live in Los Angeles and were considering things like this as well except our public transit is terrible compared to other places. As long as the infrastructure can support having no cars, great!

Banning cars from the downtown is good for our lungs, our waist lines and our ears. Less air and noise pollution could attract people back to the downtown and result in much needed rejuvenation of beautiful older architecture. Walking in green spaces would allow exercise that is accessible to all and

Banning cars from the downtown is good for our lungs, our waist lines and our ears. Less air and noise pollution could attract people back to the downtown and result in much needed rejuvenation of beautiful older architecture. Walking in green spaces would allow exercise that is accessible to all and may even reconstitute a sense of community as people interact more. The key is access for service and delivery vehicles and easy alternative transport for longer distance travel like trains tramways buses and shared taxis.

India's wealth gap

Chinese censorship goes global

Chinese censorship is no longer just a China problem. The broad strokes of censorship in China are common knowledge. But over the past week or two, the world began to wake up to the fact that China’s censorship machine is now a global phenomenon. ✦

Chinese censorship is no longer just a China problem

It’s fascinating to see: the statement that something doesn’t fall in the scope of free speech because “it hurts the feelings” of people is an appeal to ethical concepts coming from a country that a while back proclaimed there are no such things as natural rights...

In the overt, China complains about

It’s fascinating to see: the statement that something doesn’t fall in the scope of free speech because “it hurts the feelings” of people is an appeal to ethical concepts coming from a country that a while back proclaimed there are no such things as natural rights...

In the overt, China complains about free speech hurting feelings, in the covert it manipulates social media in the west with disinformation.

Western companies need to decide how much to give up in ethics and basic rights in order to gain access to a market.

Outsiders' self-censorship follows a familiar pattern. When a Westerner runs afoul of Chinese nationalist ideology, they tend to follow the crude strategy of "apologize, play dumb, shut up."

The world needs to stop self-censoring about Hong Kong

Personally I disagree with cultural relativism. Not everything begs our understanding, like restricting freedom of thought, opinion, dress or the right to vote or assemble peacefully. There is a such thing as universally wrong. How does one judge the difference? I don’t have all the answers but usually

Personally I disagree with cultural relativism. Not everything begs our understanding, like restricting freedom of thought, opinion, dress or the right to vote or assemble peacefully. There is a such thing as universally wrong. How does one judge the difference? I don’t have all the answers but usually the right thing doesn’t produce more harm than good.

One small step

Two women walked in space. NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped outside the International Space Station for a historic spacewalk that doubles as a metaphor for what it's like to be a woman full of ambition in 2019.

The metaphorical power of NASA’s first all-women spacewalk

Today was the first-ever all-women spacewalk, this moment is historic and will inspire so many girls to come. But getting here to this moment is a reminder of women trying to succeed in a world made for men

A moment to celebrate for all women. Lets make the spacesuit fit for many more women to come. Lets break down the bias so that this story - while spectacular, can become the norm and our children will see no boundaries nor be marginalized in the future simply for being female.

The future of gaming

Call of Duty turns down the loot. Players of the latest edition of the military-themed first-person shooter will no longer be able to pay for a chance of getting better at the game. Ridding loot boxes is a big step for the company, which generated $4.2 billion in revenue last year.

Call of Duty won’t be the last high-profile game to get rid of loot boxes

As an avid gamer I am extremely happy about this! This returns the game to a more skill-based system rather than a “pay to win” model. If you want pay to win, play mobile games or Fortnight and try not to get eliminated by some 8 year old who stole his moms credit card to buy better weapons.

This is great, loot boxes are kind of like gambling with the RNG (random number generator) element. Yes it makes money but nowhere near Season Battle Passes that Fortnite uses (Epic made ~$3B in profit in 2018 from it just one company not the while industry).

So good riddance to loot boxes, Battle Passes

This is great, loot boxes are kind of like gambling with the RNG (random number generator) element. Yes it makes money but nowhere near Season Battle Passes that Fortnite uses (Epic made ~$3B in profit in 2018 from it just one company not the while industry).

So good riddance to loot boxes, Battle Passes are more aligned with player engagement b/c you buy the pass and in order to maximize all its benefits you have to play more, play with friends, complete challenges, etc. to unlock things. Brilliant from a user engagement standpoint vs dumb chance loot boxes.

Top dollar TV

Can you hear me now?

Brave towns are putting a stop to the tyranny of leaf blowers. The loudest models may have noise levels of up to 112 decibels—louder than a plane taking off, a freight train, or a live rock concert.

More and more brave towns are putting a stop to the tyranny of leaf blowers

Sorry but the back up beep beep is required by law to save lives. Doesn't stop people from walking behind them and that creates more noise.

Life outside the city has highway noise lawm mowers and snow blowers not to mention trains and jet engines. Even cottage country has outboards and snowmobiles

Sorry but the back up beep beep is required by law to save lives. Doesn't stop people from walking behind them and that creates more noise.

Life outside the city has highway noise lawm mowers and snow blowers not to mention trains and jet engines. Even cottage country has outboards and snowmobiles. Annoy your neighbors crank the volume.

Let’s not stop there. Those pesky beep BEEP BEEPS from the semi-trailer trucks and snow plows on my street have got. to. go. I’ve fantasized about painting a “where (your) kids come to cry” sign at the entrance of the alley way our bedroom sits over. I swear it’s a symphony of bad hip hop or EDM blasting

Let’s not stop there. Those pesky beep BEEP BEEPS from the semi-trailer trucks and snow plows on my street have got. to. go. I’ve fantasized about painting a “where (your) kids come to cry” sign at the entrance of the alley way our bedroom sits over. I swear it’s a symphony of bad hip hop or EDM blasting from sun roofs and open windowed sedans (you know who you are), trucks endlessly backing up (to seemingly nowhere), children mid-meltdown, sloshing drunks, recycling foragers clanking $.05 bottles, children on the verge of a meltdown, couples on the verge of a meltdown and finally, yes, leaf blowers and lawn care equipment.

I want peace but I’m wrapped in red tape. An ode to city life.

Noise pollution is one of the next major challenges to overcome, and the solutions cannot only come from technology advances. Machines, even the quietest, generate their own low-level noise that contributes to both overall pollution and the insistent, steady thrum.

Talkin' Texas

The Lone Star State, but make it fashion. The world’s biggest luxury brand, Louis Vuitton, is investing $50 million into a bag production factory on a Texas ranch south of Fort Worth. They have good reasons why.

Why Louis Vuitton opened a factory on a ranch in Texas

I never thought I'd see the day where Bernard Arnault would be in a photo with Trump. But this is a great set of news for the US manufacturing sector, and hopefully this can create a bigger trend towards fashion brands setting up more US plants.

That said, "Made in the USA" is a tag that brands can

I never thought I'd see the day where Bernard Arnault would be in a photo with Trump. But this is a great set of news for the US manufacturing sector, and hopefully this can create a bigger trend towards fashion brands setting up more US plants.

That said, "Made in the USA" is a tag that brands can only use if 100% of their products are sourced there. The leather isn't entirely from Texas (which is a bit odd) but this issue has also hindered the watch world.

There so much more under this hood, but kudos to LVMH for this news.

Come back soon!

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Why women-only spaces still matter

Why women-only spaces still matter

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  • For men who may have a knee-jerk reaction to this headline and want “men only spaces” too: All public spaces are male spaces because that is the power dominant group in this society. Just like all public spaces are white spaces. As long as inequalities exist, minority and oppressed groups will need their

    For men who may have a knee-jerk reaction to this headline and want “men only spaces” too: All public spaces are male spaces because that is the power dominant group in this society. Just like all public spaces are white spaces. As long as inequalities exist, minority and oppressed groups will need their own spaces. That’s pretty natural, if you think about it. Were you bullied in school for being into robotics or something? You had a special club for that, where you could be you with like-minded peers and nobody forced you to invite theater kids or football players.

  • I’m a big supporter of women only spaces and events for the very reasons this article highlights. We men have way more men only spaces and events than we realize, even if it is not as deliberate as it once was. And, as the writer highlights, we have lots of advantages we may not even realize in mixed settings.

  • Why was this article written? Who is arguing that women-only spaces DON'T matter?

    As a 26-year-old man, articles like this make no sense to me. The first boss I had at my first job was a woman, and the boss above her was a woman, too. At my second job, my boss was a woman, who was eventually replaced

    Why was this article written? Who is arguing that women-only spaces DON'T matter?

    As a 26-year-old man, articles like this make no sense to me. The first boss I had at my first job was a woman, and the boss above her was a woman, too. At my second job, my boss was a woman, who was eventually replaced with ANOTHER woman. And just a few days ago, I had an interview for a job with a woman and her assistant manager, also a woman.

    My mother managed a bar before I was born, and then she managed a theater. She became a stay-at-home mom for us kids, but later went back to work and now runs her own company, all without a college degree. My grandmother worked in Washington D.C. for most of her life, retired before she was 50, and has more money than she knows what to do with.

    My wife graduated with a double bachelors when she was 22, while pregnant with our son, and was making $30,000 a year by the time she was 24 as the program director of an international company.

    Not once have any of the women in my life complained about the "patriarchy" or whined about "sis-gender" men. The women I know have always been badass, because they work hard, get shit done, and don't let anyone tell them what to think.

  • The girls in my son’s Cub Scout pack are awesome, and the boys accept them. The more you point out supposed and intended segregation to kids, you perpetuate the myth. How about just chilling out and being inclusive rather than concentrating on what should or should not divide us as a community?

  • This article includes reporting from The Compact, a women + non-binary summer camp I helped produce last year.

    One of the most revelatory moments of the camp was when a non-binary, yet male passing, keynote speaker came to do a mic check onstage.

    The crowd of 100 women fell silent, immediately. When

    This article includes reporting from The Compact, a women + non-binary summer camp I helped produce last year.

    One of the most revelatory moments of the camp was when a non-binary, yet male passing, keynote speaker came to do a mic check onstage.

    The crowd of 100 women fell silent, immediately. When the keynote began, the speaker pointed out that all other presenters had to wait a few moments after starting for the din to die down.

    Socialization runs so deep, that even “woke” self-aware women unconsciously defer to a male-seeming presence. Our minds remain blown, and I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it firsthand.

  • I get this. But it risks perpetuating the divide by distancing the problem rather than dealing with it. Let’s remove male privilege rather than creating refuges from it.

  • When you make women only spaces you think you’re empowering women but all you’re doing is weakening them because you are furthering the separation between male and female. Now they have their own space where they will try to tell each other that men and women are the same. Imprint this fact into your

    When you make women only spaces you think you’re empowering women but all you’re doing is weakening them because you are furthering the separation between male and female. Now they have their own space where they will try to tell each other that men and women are the same. Imprint this fact into your brain: men and women are not the same. In today’s day and age, men and women have the same opportunities and statistically women are out performing men in academia and in job placement. The income difference gap is now negligible. Feminism today isn’t what is used to be, now it’s just delusional liberals that hate men. Society is crumbling because groups like this just separate communities more and more.

  • Men and women are different. Men need men only fellowship and women need women only fellowship. Fellowship with the two together is equally important. A society driven by resentment, envy, and division is doomed to fail. It is impossible for us to achieve unity as a society when we are relegated to be

    Men and women are different. Men need men only fellowship and women need women only fellowship. Fellowship with the two together is equally important. A society driven by resentment, envy, and division is doomed to fail. It is impossible for us to achieve unity as a society when we are relegated to be members of warring tribes, whether we subscribe to the relegating philosophy or not; but then, maybe that's the purpose of the philosophy. You just can't unify society by dividing it. The bottom line is, men need the fellowship of men, and women need the fellowship of women. It has nothing to do with power . . . or does it?

  • Women only spaces are important because they allow women to be with peers who share similar beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. These spaces foster understanding and encourage confidence while simultaneously helping individuals to formulate a more tangible sense of self. Basically, women only spaces

    Women only spaces are important because they allow women to be with peers who share similar beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. These spaces foster understanding and encourage confidence while simultaneously helping individuals to formulate a more tangible sense of self. Basically, women only spaces help women realize what it means to be a woman. So why are male only spaces something toxic? Where misogyny and patriarchy rule? Those questions are rhetorical, the answer is that these spaces benefit men the same way girls only spaces benefit women. Why is it that although a girls only space already exists - the Girl Scouts- it’s not enough? The boys only space has to be destroyed. The Boy Scouts helps young boys understand what it means to be male, to be around peers who share their beliefs, experiences, and perspectives... I hope you notice the parallel I’m drawing to my opening sentences.

    I take issue with this article because it implies heavily that boys are born, grow, and develop with the utmost confidence and understanding of their sense of self. Boys need boys only spaces just as much as girls do, and it’s a travesty to deny them these important systems when they’re developing. Finally, to imply that boys already have male only spaces because public spaces exist and we live in a patriarchal society, as one commenter did, is ridiculous. A public space is not a male only space anymore than it is a White only space. It’s a public space! It is literally off limits to no one. In a society that is 52% female and 48% male

    A public space, by way of natural population distribution, is diverse.

    In conclusion, women only spaces are great, and important for the mental and emotional health of women. The same is true for men only spaces. There is no harm in the Boy Scouts being a male only space. In a truly equal society, you can have both.

  • I strongly agree with the writer's analysis but also add some caution. The experiences of woman as excluded and marginalized comes from years of socialization in that imposed role. Conversely people who have experienced gender role assignment growing up that differs from female gender roles missed that

    I strongly agree with the writer's analysis but also add some caution. The experiences of woman as excluded and marginalized comes from years of socialization in that imposed role. Conversely people who have experienced gender role assignment growing up that differs from female gender roles missed that.

    While there is no effort here to dismiss or discount the troubling and serious imposition of an unwanted gender role on a child growing up, there needs to be recognition that a cis gendered experience is not the same as that of a variant gendered experience.

    Women's only spaces are absolutely important in that women's position in the heirarchy of gender derived from patriarchy is one of secondary status; an appendage if you will, to male gender role identity.

    The author makes a point of noting that this male dominant identity is 'cis' which as I understand means heterosexual and gender that is compliant with ones physical presentation at birth (and this is where intersex challenges these conscripted roles right out the gate).

    I would say that anyone who is able to live their lives conforming at least most of the time, both by conformity in early years, to necessity in later years, to that dominant male niche, has a certain privilege that women born (cis) never had the option to enjoy.

    Therefore for these women, other space, if robbed from them in early years can be both exciting and yet very challenging in later years. It is very important for those who identify as female in later life acknowledge the wisdom and the difficulty that comes with a lifetime of forced conformance to a role that is often fraught with violence, self deprecation, degradation, low expectations for self fulfillment and restriction.

    I recently skied with a woman in her 70s. She was athletic and looked twenty years younger. When I told her I was worked in the trades and after we skied together a bit she said to me, :I think it's so awesome that you stepped out of the boundaries and what you wanted, I always wanted to do boy-type things deep inside, but outside I was compliant and a girly-girl."

    While I was amused and flattered by her compliment, which I've received often in one on one chats with woman, I was also a bit disappointed.

    She complied because she had to to survive. The girly-girl identity got her what she needed the way she learned was the only right way.

    For me my sense of comfort with my own identity as a female, like so many like myself, has been a constant struggle. I still wrestle with internal conflicts about when I'm allowed a say ag the jobsite; I find myself often more comfortable in the background in a supporting role than as a leader, it is still easier foe me to acquiesce to male authority ( which men assume as their right) than to stand up for myself or god forbid, demand credit for my own thinking and value for my contribitions.

    This is conditioned from very, very early. Just as boys are conditioned to run for the ball, fight when challenged and given a floor foe their gripes or thoughts, girls are told to stay pretty and clean, have toys that confirm caregiving and their roles as decorative pieces. Still, today.

    So yes women's only space is absolutely important but we need to remember that the opposite is enforced on born girls very early in life and that thr breakdown of all enforced gender role play needs to be eliminated completely. Only then will it no longer matter whether a girl is born a girl or a boy is born a boy, but that we all respect eachother ad equals with equal potential and equal treatment in society and before the law.

  • Men should have spaces , boys should have spaces ,women should have spaces, girls should have spaces and that’s it!!!! DONE !

  • The way I interpret the situation is a bit different. Now don’t get me wrong, I do think women only groups and activities would be a good idea. Except for the fact that adding these women only sections would affect the number of women in public areas. Therefore making men out number women in public areas

    The way I interpret the situation is a bit different. Now don’t get me wrong, I do think women only groups and activities would be a good idea. Except for the fact that adding these women only sections would affect the number of women in public areas. Therefore making men out number women in public areas a more common situation. Although, this isn’t a problem this article wanted to fix, it is a unwanted consequence of their being more women-only spaces.

  • When I was a kid in the second grade. I was in a vastly different society than we have today. It was racially divided and sexual equality was merely a pipe dream.

    I recall an occasion when I was drawing a picture and a popular girl was sitting next to me watching. A group of other girls came over and

    When I was a kid in the second grade. I was in a vastly different society than we have today. It was racially divided and sexual equality was merely a pipe dream.

    I recall an occasion when I was drawing a picture and a popular girl was sitting next to me watching. A group of other girls came over and they began to conspire and talk about various things as kids do. One of the girls started and looked at me and she said there is a boy here. All of the other girls looked at me and I looked at my supplies and thought... "I gotta move?" The girls all in unison said... "It is Timothy." with a look of confusion as to why the issue was brought up. The girl shrugged and they went back to talking and even made efforts to draw me into the conversation at times to settle disputes.

    Now many young boys would have interpreted that as "He is not a boy." But I was quite proud of that moment as indicated by my memory of it almost half a century later. I took it to mean "He is different, would never share our secrets and will not judge us and has no secret agenda to use whatever he hears."

    They could relax and be themselves and even get value from my perspectives as a boy.

    This was not because I was an amazing wonderful special person. Quite the opposite. I was simply guileless. It was not lost on me that the school's black janitor felt that way around me. It was not lost on me that the adults would forget me present... the elderly would as well. They were all comfortable around me. They wanted my input and thoughts. They wanted to share with me.

    The author is like that one little girl... or the racist guy who has lived in fear of gang members... understandable but not the best outlook.

    The author sees how most men are and assumes everyone they encounter is like most of men. Prejudiced.

    I feel compassion for you and what you are missing out on, it does not leave me feeling left out because it is not about me and who I am and how I behave. When I see other prejudices I feel compassion for the prejudiced one... not the blacks or Hispanics or men or the women.

    The one who is getting really robbed is the one who has overlooked the value of someone.