February 28, 2013 |
A bored pronouncement from an ultrasound technician, or a sealed envelope anxiously torn open back at home - these did not, to Tanisha Pollard, seem like adequate ways to deliver such momentous news as the gender of her first child. Instead, the 26-year-old Lawnside resident and her boyfriend, Da'Rius Lemon, invited their families to join them for a "gender-reveal party," an increasingly popular way to inject a little ballyhoo into the prenatal condition. "This is my first child, so I just wanted to find a fun way for us to find out what we were having, and to share that - rather than a text message or an e-mail.
February 27, 2013
RE: AVI NONSENSE. Taxpayers, we are going to have a class-action suit against the city of Philadelphia. I am not going to pay taxes on $56,000 to live in Kensington, which is a ghetto. My friend was held up at gunpoint in October. People down there don't clean up their yards, leaving dog waste and open trash all over. There's loud music all the time and no decency. This is what happens when you have one party ruling for too long. The Democrats have become dictators and have been thumbing their noses at us for years, and it's up to the people of this city to start voting another party into power.
February 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - It's been a bit hard to tell the difference between men's and women's runway presentations at the fall 2013 fashion shows. Nautica's Black Sail collection had its male models in banana-yellow skinny pants rolled at the ankles. Coats with oversize fur collars featured a slight A-line flare. Designer Patrik Ervell's presentation last Sunday included an iridescent, emerald-green cape with a wraparound, cowl-neck collar. Even Michael Kors - whose manly clothes are typically classic American with a dose of Old World sophistication - dressed a model Wednesday in a fuzzy, short-sleeve sweater and skinny slacks, while another wore a bright-orange, belted trench.
February 9, 2013 |
What entrepreneur Yasmine Mustafa didn't know definitely hurt her. What Mustafa didn't know was the basics of coding - a problem, considering that her blog marketing business, 123LinkIt, relied on coding. "It cost me time and money and a lot of stress," she said. "If I would have been able to code, it would have helped me a lot. " That's why, in April 2011, Mustafa founded the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Develop It, an international nonprofit organization based in New York that provides low-cost tech instruction to women - or, as they are called in the GDI world, nerdettes . Since then, 750 women have taken classes in Philadelphia.
February 8, 2013 |
When Patty Pickup, 54, started working in computer technology more than 20 years ago, the Drexel University software developer was a true rarity - one of the few females involved in a field that was overwhelmingly male. "It was so professional. Everyone wore suits. It was more mathematical," she said. "It wasn't casual like it is today. " Since then, more women have joined the field and T-shirts and jeans have replaced business suits, but the gender gap remains in an industry sector where men outnumber women by a 2-1 ratio and where the women in the business struggle to avoid being marginalized.
January 21, 2013 |
The story about Caroline Pla, the Doylestown star tackle who wants to play Catholic Youth Organization football even though the Archdiocese of Philadelphia doesn't let girls play, struck a chord in my house. Four of my sons played Catholic Youth football in middle school and junior high - and at home, where my oldest son organized the neighborhood to play after-school and weekend games that raged up and down the block for hours. When their little sister was old enough to throw and catch, she did so with the same high focus she brings to piano, math, science, basketball, baking, and everything else she attempts, and was rewarded with her customary success.
September 21, 2012
Untitled Feminist Show 9 p.m. Friday, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. Tickets: $18-$35. It's been an enlightening experience, seeing Charlotte Ford's Bang at this year's Live Arts Festival, and then, a week later, taking in Young Jean Lee Theater Company's Untitled Feminist Show . Both feature naked women of childbearing age with average- to above-average proportions dancing, mugging, confronting the audience, and generally having...
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.