August 31, 2012 |
TAMPA - It is no secret to Republican leaders and the Mitt Romney high command: They have a political problem with women. In poll after poll, President Obama outperforms Romney among women voters by wide margins that may have been increased by recent controversies about contraception and abortion, and comments by Republican Senate candidates that many deemed insensitive. Into the breach Tuesday night strode Ann Romney, with an address to the Republican National Convention here and a television audience of millions.
August 14, 2012 |
Shakespeare was used to seeing men play women on stage - it was the legal way to operate a theater in his time. But I'll bet he never dreamed of anything like the gender-bending Much Ado About Nothing that Mauckingbird Theatre Company is putting on at Center City's Off-Broad Street Theater. Mauckingbird, the region's professional theater devoted to gay issues, casts men in the roles of the two sets of lovers in Much Ado , just as Shakespeare would have. But in Mauckingbird's take, they all play men. It's a gay version that preserves Shakespeare's themes and sensibilities: jealousy and wit, trickery and honor, and, of course, love.
August 13, 2012 |
I HAVE concluded that the International Olympic Committee is a farce. The brutality that is inherent in boxing is offensive enough when it is engaged in by men. When it is women who knock each other around the ring, the "sport" becomes particularly egregious. I do not understand what thrill there can be in watching individuals seeking to knock out their opponent through blows to the head, but the days of gladiator matches continue for the bloodthirsty voyeurs to whom boxing retains appeal.
July 23, 2012 |
A few weeks ago, comedian Daniel Tosh apologized on Twitter to a female heckler who had been offended by one of his rape jokes. Performer Robert Dubac won't have to say he's sorry for any of the material in Free Range Thinking, his new one-man show playing at Act II Playhouse in Ambler. Not that Dubac would ever let things get to that point. Early in his 85-minute blend of stand-up and narrative, he drapes a piece of string across the stage and muses on the boundary that separates every joke from offending audiences or inviting laughter.
July 20, 2012 |
IN "BEARDS Are for Shaving: A 007 Cabaret," the Bearded Ladies Cabaret combines comedy, classic James Bond plots, commonwealthclassictheatre.org and the secret-agent films' famous ladies. But this is about more than shaken, not stirred martinis. The experimental cabaret group uses Bond's army of beauties as a fertile foundation to explore gender roles with the guidance of Judith Butler's theories on gender. Butler's ideas concerning power, gender, sexuality and identity have significantly contributed to feminist theory and sexual studies.
July 13, 2012 |
Bruce Wayne Campbell and Jonathan Leitham both grew up in King of Prussia. They were both musicians. They both attended Upper Merion High School, albeit decades apart. They both became renowned in their fields, ending with very different results. Bruce Wayne Campbell redubbed himself Jobriath, a Bowie-esque glam singer and the first openly gay rock star who was touted as "rock's truest fairy. " Jonathan Leitham, after a successful career as a jazz bassist, transitioned to become Jennifer Leitham . Since her transition, Jennifer hasn't been invited back to play the same major stages and festivals she was once a regular fixture on. She could not be happier.
June 19, 2012 |
Body found on Burlington County trail A decaying human body was discovered Sunday by passersby on a trail off Quail Run Road in a wooded area of Pemberton Township, according to authorities. The remains were in an "advanced state of decomposition" according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, which offered no information about the deceased's gender or likely age. Officials said an autopsy by the county medical examiner's office was to be conducted Monday. An investigation is underway by police and the prosecutor's office.
June 1, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday fell short in an effort to ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, as Republicans and Democrats made an election-year appeal for women's votes. The legislation would have made it a crime to perform or force a woman to undergo a sex-based abortion, a practice most common in some Asian countries where families wanting sons abort female fetuses. It was a rare social issue to reach the floor in a year when the economy has dominated the debate, and Republicans, besieged by assertions that they are waging a war on women, hit back by trying to depict the vote as a women's-rights issue.
May 24, 2012 |
The Women's Law Project just released a massive, two-year study, "Through the Lens of Equality," examining the role gender bias plays in the physical, emotional, and financial health of Pennsylvania women. The diagnosis? Not so good. Actually, the report states, "the health consequences of inequality truly shocked us. " Really, can we be shocked about gender inequality in a commonwealth whose governor, in defending a bill requiring an ultrasound prior to an abortion (plus two souvenir photos)