July 8, 2014 |
Drug companies have been hotly pursuing a fix for female sexual dysfunction ever since Viagra was approved 16 years ago. They keep falling short. The letdowns have been seen as evidence that the fairer sex's sexual problems are tougher to define, diagnose, and safely treat than men's. But now there's a new theory about why women and drug developers can't get any satisfaction: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is sexist. "There are 26 drugs for [sexually dysfunctional]
June 30, 2014 |
As third graders at Hallowell Elementary School in Horsham got ready for their break in December, they had no idea they would be hearing the name of their classmate - a quiet boy who often played with a group of girls - called for the final time. The transgender student returned to class in January with a new moniker and wardrobe, living as a girl. It was a day many adults in the Hatboro-Horsham District school had been working toward for months, and officials say they were surprised by what happened next.
June 19, 2014
THIS SATURDAY is the summer solstice, which marks the official beginning of summer. After the tough winter we had, I know what you're thinking . . . hot fun in the summertime, right? At the gym, I've noticed an uptick in participation, and more people are feverishly trying to get in summer shape. I think it's terrific that the summer is inspiring more people to get into shape, but a recent discussion I had with a woman who was competing with her husband in a weight-loss competition raised a few red flags.
May 25, 2014 |
Rep. Allyson Schwartz blamed sexism when she bumped against the glass ceiling of Pennsylvania politics last week, finishing a distant second in the Democratic primary for governor. "The Harrisburg establishment . . . couldn't imagine even a woman with my experience and accomplishments could actually be the governor," she said in her concession speech Tuesday. And Marjorie Margolies, the woman trying to succeed Schwartz in the U.S. House, said Pennsylvania women would suffer because her loss likely means the state's congressional delegation will be all-male.
April 24, 2014
I THINK I'VE FIGURED OUT what Allyson Schwartz needs. And I acknowledge being sexist by writing about her since she says female candidates are "constantly challenged by the sexism of the media and the political pundits. " Hmmm. Media and political pundits. That makes me two-times guilty. Be that as it may, I think I know what she needs as she struggles to regain her lost designation as Democratic front-runner for governor in the May 20 primary. It's more than being "the mother of CHIP" or the first lady of Obamacare - even if she had a hand in creating both.
April 23, 2014
THERE'S no debating that the pay gap between men and women is a reality in our culture. But the recent political rhetoric about it seemed outdated and flat. President Obama revived the issue earlier this month when he signed an executive order forbidding federal contractors from retaliating against workers who share salary information, and allowing the companies to be sued for punitive and compensatory damages over gender disparities in pay. Unfortunately, in doing so, Obama invoked the once-powerful rallying cry that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes for the same work.
March 6, 2014 |
In a Philly heartbeat, Cory Wade Hindorff would strike a runway pose in a miniskirt. And you might even find him walking confidently along Old City's cobblestone streets in six-inch heels. But the 23-year-old, third-place winner on fall's America's Next Top Model , wouldn't call himself a woman trapped in a man's body. Nor would Hindorff, who is gay, want anyone to mistake him for a member of the fairer sex, despite how phenomenal he looks in size 2 Urban Outfitters skinny jeans.
February 26, 2014 |
A South Jersey mechanical contracting company has agreed to pay a total of $400,000 to resolve allegations that it violated state law by failing to employ female plumbers, including for public-funded projects, the state Attorney General's Office and the Division on Civil Rights announced Monday. The settlement calls for Falasca Mechanical Inc. of Vineland to pay the state $250,000 and pay plumber Bette Feldeisen $150,000 to resolve allegations that it repeatedly hired less experienced and less qualified male plumbers while handling millions of dollars in public works jobs.
January 6, 2014 |
Second in an occasional series of stories about the new modern family. Erica Solis doesn't remember the Placemat Explanation, but her parents have told the story so often she can recite it herself: She was 4 and sitting at the kitchen table. "If men are there," her mother said, pointing to the left side of a placemat, "and women are over there," indicating the right margin, "then Mama is right about here. " And she gestured to a spot close to the "male" side of the mat. That was seven years ago, before Yoel Solis decided to stop living in that murky middle zone.
December 9, 2013 |
It's odd to think of William Shakespeare writing a Christmas play in the same way Hollywood studios release their holiday blockbusters. Yet Twelfth Night, or What You Will, was just that in 1602 - a popular, fanciful entertainment marking the end of Christmas' 12 days and the coming of the Epiphany. There is a noble yet hilarious dreaminess to the play's proceedings - psychic bait-and-switches and twists-upon-truths, wherein servants imagine they can become lords, and ladies dress as men for the sake of romance and, of course, high comedy.