September 29, 2015 |
There are so many disarming, alarming, and charming elements of any R. Kelly show, you'd need a clicker to keep count. And all were on display Thursday night, when Kelly played a packed-to-the-rafters show at Temple University's Liacouras Center just before the pope's Philly visit. This gig found the shades-wearing crooner getting towel-downs from female fans, dancing a "Bump N' Grind" to his simmering hit of the same name, and loudly posing provocative questions to his devoted crowd, such as "How many of you have made babies to my music?"
September 25, 2015 |
THE FIRST MESSAGE speaker Erika Bachiochi posted on the big screens behind her during yesterday's World Meeting of Families lecture "Responding to 'Hook-up' Culture" came from the Bible's book of Genesis. "Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you," it read. The self-proclaimed "new feminist" spoke to an audience of mixed ages and nationalities. Most were female. Some were nuns. Others she referred to as "noble, virtuous men. " "The Catholic Church is more pro-female than any strand of women's studies that I've ever studied," she said, to applause.
September 24, 2015 |
Check out the 2016 calendar for Trout Unlimited - the more than 50-year-old organization that champions healthy streams and rivers: Five of the 12 months show pictures of women, or girls, or dads with daughters, all fly-fishing. Want waders, rods, and clothing made specifically for the female fly-fisher? You have your choice of vendors. And it's easy to find classes introducing women to a sport that demands paying attention to the placement of the line and fly, the patterns in the water, and the strength of the wind.
September 23, 2015 |
Despite the University of Pennsylvania's efforts to educate students about sexual assault, a majority of students surveyed recently said they did not know where to find help on campus if they or a friend became a victim. Penn president Amy Gutmann called that finding and others highlighted in a national survey on sexual assault at some of the nation's most elite colleges "deeply troubling. " "We clearly must do more, beginning immediately, to make all students aware that they have immediate recourse for help," Gutmann said in an email to the Penn community shortly after the national results were released.
September 21, 2015 |
For someone whose very title - Roman Catholic Womanpriest - triggered her excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church, Eileen DiFranco has much in common with Pope Francis. "I think he has said just marvelous things about poverty and Catholic social justice," DiFranco said of the pontiff. Their views, however, diverge sharply on the role of women in the church. That is: DiFranco, a retired school nurse who lives in Mount Airy, believes that women can and must be ordained as priests, as she was in 2006 in a ceremony declared invalid by the church.
September 17, 2015 |
Three Olney women charged with taking three juveniles to beat a homeless veteran - who subsequently slipped into a coma from which he has not recovered five months ago - have rejected plea deals offered by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Lawyers for Aleathea Gillard, 34; Shareena Joachim, 23; and Kaisha Duggins, 24; on Tuesday rejected pleading guilty to the charges in exchange for prison terms of seven to 14 years, according to Assistant District Attorney Jason Kleinman.
September 9, 2015
FOR THE rest of America, this has been the Summer of Donald Trump. For Greater Philadelphia, it has been the Summer of Pope Francis, transformed from global religious leader to ringmaster of a festival. We have witnessed the expanding semifiasco of Philadelphia laying out, pulling back and then re-folding the welcome mat. Hotel rooms that were said to be as scarce as water holes in the Sahara are now available. That seemed impossible just a few weeks ago. It also seemed impossible selfie sticks would be banned.
September 6, 2015 |
African American women are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than white women, yet are more likely to die of the disease. To some degree, this disturbing disparity reflects differences in patterns of care, which may involve socioeconomic factors. Studies show that black women tend to be diagnosed at a later stage and often have trouble accessing treatment. But that doesn't fully explain the racial survival imbalance, so increasingly, researchers are looking for biological differences.
September 2, 2015 |
THE LOCAL chapter of a national women's group is losing patience with District Attorney Seth Williams, who has not taken action against two prosecutors embroiled in an email porn scandal. Last week, the Supreme Court released a trove of pornographic emails discovered by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, including some sent and received on state computers by Frank Fina and Marc Costanzo, two former state prosecutors now working for Williams. Yesterday the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women released a statement denouncing the "demeaning, misogynistic and racist emails," and noting that Fina's involvement in prosecuting sex crimes makes the scandal "all the more egregious.