Gender Diverse Friendships

A friend tells me the other day that she doesn’t think, in most cases, that men and women can be friends. It came up in the context of a discussion about how her boyfriend would be upset if she had a male roommate. And I found both of these things rather surprising. I’ve watched enough … [Read more…]

It’s Not Racist To Say Diamonds On Your Time Piece

If you’ve turned on a radio in the last few months, you can’t help but hear Lorde’s incredibly catchy song Royals, which criticizes conspicuous consumption. Lorde laments the fact that popular music is filled artists who glorify consumerism and feature high-end products most of their listening audience will never see be able to obtain. Despite a pretty positive … [Read more…]

Just Set It On Fire

A long time ago, when I lived in DC, I used to pal around with a male friend of mine who was gay. And he had this fabulous app for his phone called Grindr. It’s a dating app with an extremely short profile (basically a few photos and a few sentences). It was almost exclusively … [Read more…]

Dutch Niceness

The Dutch have a bad (mostly deserved) reputation for being rude. And normally, I can entertain you with story after story of Dutch rudeness. But there is one area where the Dutch are overwhelmingly nice. I have many firsthand accounts, since I average 2-3 bike accidents per week. The past week has been especially bad. … [Read more…]

It’s Not Middle Age, It’s You

There are so many problems with this article in The Atlantic. So many. “As we pass our prime, it is with a growing awareness that younger people coming after us haven’t yet reached their peak. Those who can’t bear the shift to a supporting role may become increasingly narcissistic in the unhealthy sense of the … [Read more…]