Author: Ainsley MacDougall

Breaking the Grass Ceiling

Nowadays, it is considerably more difficult to avoid talking about food. Our food and nutrition standards and practices have become hot-button topics, thanks to debates on GMOs and the merits of organic versus non-organic food, trends like juice cleanses, and the rising obesity rate, which is a serious cause for concern. Spawning countless documentaries about the consumption and production of food, together with a variety of think pieces and books, our changing food landscape is a popular talking point. For all these food documentaries, exposés, reports, and books we see, the role of gender in determining diet and production practices remains largely unaddressed, however, despite being a major influence on individual eating habits and the food industry’s decisions. Studies have shown significant associations between gender stereotypes and food, and how the former can even affect how...

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New Emojis? Slew of Opi(nion)s!

“I am really glad that Apple finally responded to my many complaints about the lack of a left-leaning pen. There is so much discrimination against lefties these days, and it helps to have that sort of representation in emojis.”   “I am very excited about the new update! Now I can finally show my respect to the deceased using a tasteful funeral urn! Yay!”   “Well, the eye one makes it so much easier for me to point out the Illuminati over text message and Instagram, which I do very often. Real eyes, realize, real lies.”   “Just the...

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Album Review: NoNoNo

If you enjoy indie-folk music, enticing vocals, and/or accordions, you have probably encountered Beirut, an American band with a penchant for European-inspired sounds and captivating lyrics. Zach Condon, a composer and musician widely regarded for his unique voice and multicultural influences, founded Beirut in 2006. Since then, he has provided the alternative and indie genres with a refreshing yet nostalgic take on folk music. No No No, Beirut’s first new album in over four years, is a unique one in his catalogue. No No No feels like the antithesis to the band’s earlier and more complex albums, including Gulag...

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