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Vienna's Traffic Lights Are Now Hella Gay

It’s unfortunate that Sigmund Freud, noted fan of Vienna, Austria, is no longer alive to analyze the city’s new fleet of traffic lights. While he would probably have a field day with the unconscious meanings behind why there are now gay couples depicted for “stop” and “go,” the rest of us are really just thinking:… » 5/12/15 6:50pm 5/12/15 6:50pm

The New Year Is the Oldest Thing: Inside Philadelphia's Mummers Parade

The New Year, or South Philadelphia's share of it, was being assembled in a warehouse with a bright yellow Cottman Transmission sign at the entrance, right on the corner of 13th and Reed. "You don't want to get a screw in your foot," Jinks warned me. All around us were the raw materials and detritus of fun: brightly… » 1/19/15 2:29pm 1/19/15 2:29pm

Progress! NY Times Wedding Announcement Openly Discusses Abortion

Signs of real social progress are often very subtle. They ought to be, by nature, since real progress is really a process of normalization. When same-sex marriage doesn’t merit the “same-sex” modifier, for instance, in most mainstream news publications, it’s a signal that most members of our society think beyond the… » 9/02/13 2:00pm 9/02/13 2:00pm

Men Learn To Prepare Food, Still Won't Do Laundry

Here's something to get excited about: Working men are doing far more chores around the house. Well actually, there's still a huge gap between the amount of time working women spend on housework compared to their male partners. We're supposed to be impressed by their effort, but when dudes start from Don Draper… » 7/31/11 11:18pm 7/31/11 11:18pm

The Late Show Adds Jena Friedman To Writing Staff

Splitsider reports that the Late Show With David Letterman has hired local stand-up comic Jena Friedman, marking the first time in history that more than one woman has worked on the show's full-time writing staff. (The show's only other female writing staffer joined the team in 2009 — a time when there were no women… » 7/12/11 5:10pm 7/12/11 5:10pm