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.
April 24, 2015
DIRECTOR ALEX Garland is downplaying the sex appeal of the robot-woman star of "Ex Machina," but the design speaks for itself. You see "her" in the posters - half bikini model, half bionic machine, like something that Sir Jonathan Paul Ive might have designed for Apple had the company been founded by Bob Guccione instead of Steve Jobs. And the design is crucial to the story - that of a young software geek (Domnhall Gleeson) assigned to evaluate this robo-gal for the existence of a native, human intelligence.
March 2, 2015 |
Reuters editor Lauren Young and Farnoosh Torabi, author of three books, including When She Makes More, had a key message Saturday for young women in high school: Money makes the world go around - and their first big money decision will be college. Young, a financial journalist, and Torabi, a personal-finance expert, were back on their home turf at Harriton High School for the second annual Girls Leadership Conference, started last year by the Lower Merion School District's Innovation Center.
February 11, 2015
TO PARAPHRASE the line from the Watergate hearings (for you younger readers, Watergate was kind of like Deflategate, but in politics, not football), what did Kris Jenner know about her ex-husband's gender issues and when did she know it? The former Mrs. Bruce Jenner has insisted that she was "in the dark" about her ex's desire to live as a woman. Others say otherwise. Several gossip websites reported Monday that Kris was hip to Bruce's longings early on. RadarOnline reported that within months of trading "I dos" in the early 1990s, Kris discovered Bruce dressing in her threads.
December 8, 2014 |
In 2011, Heather Thomason was living in Brooklyn, N.Y., working in graphic design and spending her off-hours at farmers' markets and food co-ops to fuel her cooking habit. "People asked me did I wish that I worked in food, because I was always talking about food and always cooking," she says. Now - three years and one radical career change later - she's a butcher and manager at Kensington Quarters, the new restaurant, bar, and butcher shop in Fishtown that specializes in carving up whole animals sustainably raised on local farms.
November 28, 2014 |
It's a neat trick. Fulfill retrograde girlish fantasies (tall, handsome, rich prince whisks you away from your dreary chores and your lousy dresses), while also pandering to the demands of contemporary gender politics: offer empowerment, self-actualization, and any other politically correct goal on the current curriculum. And this touring production of the Broadway show Cinderella , at the Academy of Music for the Thanksgiving holiday week, adds to the PC effect with a veritable rainbow of actors in the ensemble.