Cycling in Singapore

As both a cyclist and a driver, I feel inclined to speak out about the contentious issue over cycling in Singapore. While another debate over whether or not cyclists should be restricted to pedestrian footpaths would seem like mere repetition, given the tedium we already get from newspapers, blogs, Twitter etc, I would like to share some interesting and unconventional thoughts on the issue....

Swarna Mallawarachchi And The “Femininity Cinema”

The history of a film industry can best be traced through the evolution of its actors. Going by this truism, the industry here has more or less shifted from Rukmani Devi to Pooja Umashankar, both of whom have been identified as veritable stars and both of whom have pandered to the commercial strains of the most expensive art-form the world has ever known....

Pre-Marital Sex & The Brown Society – A Virgin Attempt

Let’s be honest, no amount of Google keywords, music videos, celebrity accounts or Friday night gatherings can honestly justify the quintessential truth to whether pre-marital sex will be widely accepted in the Brown society. A virgin attempt at picking it apart, allow me to try....

Why Choose To Hate When You Can Love Instead?

I was at an event organized by UNAIDS, Sri Lanka to commemorate World AIDS Day. One part of the event was entertainment while the other was the handing over of certificates and awards in appreciation of the work done by various people, including activists, media, artistes and medical professionals....

Racism: More Than Just a Taboo

Having lived my entire life in Singapore, it has no doubt been a blessing to stay in a country where being out at 3am is still relatively safe as compared to some other countries. The food, the safety, the fines, the people – these make Singapore unique....

Let’s Talk About The LGBTQ Community

Let’s talk about the LGBTQ Community, I apologize to anyone in advance if this is offensive or too blunt but I feel that this is a topic that deserves attention, the LGBTQ community has suffered enough, let’s stop this, together....

Superstition: The Master Of The Placebo Effect & Cognitive Biases

Disclaimer: I am neither an expert in psychology nor in theism; however, being raised by a compellingly religious mother (and having been equally superstitious) gave me a first-hand perspective on how the mind works in both theists and atheists....

Stanford Sexual Assault: How Social Media Gave A Voice To The Victim

Winnie M Li, London School of Economics and Political Science The internet has erupted in fury after the sentencing of Brock Turner, a star athlete for the Stanford University swim team, who was convicted of three sexual offences, and more specifically of assaulting an unconscious, intoxicated 23-year-old woman behind a dumpster. Judge Aaron Persky only sentenced Turner to six months in county jail, noting that a harsher sentence would have a “severe” impact on him....