January 11, 2016 |
Mallissa Weaver knew she faced long odds when in 2008 she sought to convince the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that unrelenting sexual harassment by her former boss was so egregious that the justices should overturn a state law that barred her from suing for discrimination. Much as she expected, she lost. She left her job at a small financial planning office in rural Snyder County and resolved to put the experience behind her. But as the statewide Porngate scandal continues to widen, Weaver is finding it more difficult to remain at peace with the outcome of her case.
December 27, 2015 |
Developing a more specific gender-based marketing plan to engage minorities in clinical trials may increase participation. In a new study conducted by Temple University professor Sarah Bauerle Bass, minority men and women with HIV were interviewed about what they perceived as barriers to entering a medication clinical trial. The researchers then used a marketing technique called perceptual mapping to break down how the sexes differed in their responses. "Perceptual mapping allows us to tailor very specific messages to address exactly what issues are for specific groups," said Bass.
December 25, 2015 |
Before we're even born, while our bodies are still forming muscle and we grow our first strands of hair, one of the first questions people ask around four or five months of pregnancy is: Is it a boy or a girl? Should the booties, the nursery, the socks be pink or blue? And on social media, that most democratic space (supposedly), you have your Man Crush Monday (#MCM) or Woman Crush Wednesday (#WCW). Pink or blue? Twenty-three-year-old Keyonis Johnson founded the hashtag #ThouCrushThursday on Instagram and Tumblr.
December 9, 2015 |
Kimye spawn 2.0, named Hear ye, hear ye, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have blessed the world with the name of their second child: Saint West . Did the Kardashian-West brain trust mean to give all future celebrity commentators an early Christmas gift? We've never wanted to see a kid misbehave - we're talking normal toddler temper tantrum, not, like, drug bust - so bad. We can barely wait to type "He's no Saint" at the slightest lip quiver. Or what if he trips on a playground? Can't you just see the headlines?
December 5, 2015 |
In a nod to gender equality and the quest to be mindful, the Pantone Color Institute released two colors of the year Thursday morning: a blush pink it named Rose Quartz, and a baby blue called Serenity. This is the first time the New Jersey authority on all things color has predicted two shades would drive our home decor, fashion, and beauty moods. In the last year, Pantone's specialists have watched dusty rose and sky blue dominate showrooms and runways - separately, color-blocked, in mixed-print patterns, and melded together as ombré.
October 10, 2015 |
The words men and women are soon to come off many Philadelphia restrooms, thanks to a bill passed Thursday. City Council unanimously approved the ordinance requiring that single-occupancy public restrooms be labeled as gender-neutral, and that men or women be dropped from signs. The bill, introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla, applies to single-occupant bathrooms open to the public and not to multiple-stall restrooms. Mayor Nutter, whose Office of LGBT Affairs drafted the bill, is expected to sign it. "For business owners, the only impact is taking down one sign and putting up another," said Nellie Fitzpatrick, the office's director.
September 19, 2015 |
Novelist Ruth Rendell's work has inspired some of the best TV mysteries in her native Britain, including the Inspector Wexford series starring George Baker. Less familiar perhaps is the growing number of Rendell adaptations crafted by European auteurs such as Claude Chabrol ( La Ceremonie , The Bridesmaid ), Claude Miller ( Alias Betty ), and Pedro Almodovar ( Live Flesh ). French cinema's bête noire François Ozon (Y oung & Beautiful , Potiche ) joins that impressive club of filmmakers with The New Girlfriend , an ironic, if strangely suspenseful, gender-bending dramedy about self-discovery and self-acceptance that upends some of the basic distinctions in human experience - male and female, straight and gay, friend and lover, mother and father.
September 11, 2015 |
Scores of Philadelphia's public bathrooms would have to become gender-neutral and drop the labels "Men" and "Women" under legislation that is to be introduced Thursday in City Council. The bill - which applies only to single-occupant bathrooms, not those with multiple stalls - would place Philadelphia among the first major U.S. cities to take a step long sought by transgender advocates. "Using a public bathroom can be a highly stressful, rising to even dangerous experience for certain individuals," said Helen "Nellie" L. Fitzpatrick, director of Mayor Nutter's Office of LGBT Affairs, which drafted the bill.
July 16, 2015 |
Only 7 percent of men are high-fashion customers. That means only a sliver would even think about donning one of the ankle-length trouser and blazer suit combos that Allentown-bred designer Thom Browne debuted Tuesday on New York Fashion Week's spring 2016 runways. And it's likely that even fewer guys would consider slipping into an all-white culotte outfit that Public School designers Dao Yi-Chow and Maxwell Osborne are forecasting as one of next summer's must-have guy trends.
May 14, 2015 |
Blanchett: Hear me roar "We have to push forward," Cate Blanchett tells Variety regarding the responsibility of women in the film industry to achieve parity - in pay and in opportunity, for not only actors but also writers and directors. "What industry has parity pay for women? None. Why would we expect this industry to be any different?" Blanchett, 45, plays Rooney Mara 's lover in Carol , director Todd Haynes ' adaptation of Patricia Highsmith 's scandalous 1952 novel The Price of Salt . It's one of a growing number of films, she says, that tell women's stories.