Burning Man promises to disrupt the modern world. And yet the…

Burning Man promises to disrupt the modern world. And yet the gender dynamics are all too familiar.

There is a series of contradictions to Burning Man that can be difficult to reconcile. One of its foundational tenets is radical inclusion, but it costs a lot of money to get in. It encourages individual self-expression, but if you are not a certain body-type, you feel — and maybe are — practically invisible among the more traditionally beautiful people. Unlike many spaces that embrace a more radical aesthetic, it does not reject late-stage capitalism: some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs in the country have had camps there, including the founders of Uber or Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and charge people hefty sums to camp with them in their top notch accommodations. And it can probably be argued that as a cutting edge cultural phenomenon, it’s reached it’s peak — after all, this year was Paris Hilton’s second. Read more.