Category Archives: International

‘She’s a woman, pay her less,’ and other such thinking

By Harveena Herr

Qualified and capable, but overlooked? Could you, perhaps, be a woman? Or a member of a minority? The glass ceiling has been a reality for a really long time, and when the term became common usage in the latter half of the ’80s, there was a curious newness to it. The novelty was not the fact of the disparity in pay grades, but this description itself that accurately described a transparent but real barrier to growth and advancement for women in corporate life.

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RIP Hugh Hefner. Thank you for the entertainment

By Chelsea Barnett

As news broke today that Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy, had died aged 91, many were quick to point to the complicated legacy of both the magazine and the man behind it. Now popularly associated with his bevy of young lovers and infamous parties at the Playboy mansion, it would be easy to dismiss Hefner as merely an enduring barrier to the fight for gender equality. Yet to do so would to overlook the significant cultural impact of both Hefner and Playboy, particularly during the 1950s under the shroud of Cold War anxieties. Continue reading RIP Hugh Hefner. Thank you for the entertainment

Assad is no longer pure evil, he’s now being called the lesser evil

By Allan Jacob

Sole survivor or mass murderer? I shared Santhosh Kumar’s dilemma when he sat down to sketch Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. The chief illustrator wasn’t sure how to portray him, nor was I on how to make sense of the madness that gripped Syria for six years and has now come to an end. Continue reading Assad is no longer pure evil, he’s now being called the lesser evil