Thursday, June 30 2022

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If Putin was a woman, which he obviously isn’t, but if he were, I really don’t think he would’ve embarked on a crazy, macho war of invasion and violence in the way that he has. If you want a perfect example of toxic masculinity, it’s what he’s doing in Ukraine.

That’s UK PM Boris Johnson testing out a novel line of attack on Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kremlin’s response: “Old Freud during his lifetime would have dreamed of such an object for research.” OTOH, some women psychologists think that Vlad has far greater problems: “Ruthless, psychopathic, murderous and despotic—toxic masculinity is the least of Putin’s disturbing character traits.” Besides, why should men have a monopoly on bad behaviour?:)


Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode,’ the team looks at how the idea of ‘rights’ plays out in India—be it the arrest of Mohammed Zubair or access to abortion. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.  


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Big Story

What’s in your wardrobe: Is that dress really ‘sustainable’?

The TLDR: This week, global fashion giants announced that they will review a key ranking system widely used to measure the sustainability of their clothes—after its metrics were revealed to be dubious. We look at how the word ‘sustainable’ has become almost meaningless in the industry—which is the second biggest polluter in the world after oil. 

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In today’s edition

Headlines that Matter

  • Uddhav Thackeray has left the building
  • Rajasthan killing: The latest update
  • Mohammed Zubair: The disappearing Twitter account
  • The rupee is falling, falling, falling
  • Indians really trust their social media
  • Airbnb nixes your right to party
  • But Spotify wants you to throw a karaoke party
  • No underage drinking… of coffee or tea!


Sanity Break

  • 'Oh Snap!' by Panama Barak: One of the finalists for the Urban Wildlife Photography Awards


Reading Habit

  • A list of awesome new releases
  • Quick fixes, aka a few varied recommendations


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