The XX Factor

We’re Talking About: April 27, 2010

-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner didn’t meet with new Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) before considering revisions to her derivatives reform bill. Proof of gender bias on the Hill? [ Politico ]

-More congressional gender inequality : Female staffers account for only 41 percent of House members’ chiefs of staff and just 36.5 percent of their directors. And those numbers aren’t rising. [ Politico ]

- Machiavellian personality traits, more prevalent in men than women, may account for men being paid more than women, but they don’t make people more productive . [ New York Times , Salon ]

- Europe’s thriving hymen-reconstruction business reveals the degree to which young Muslim women-and men-still believe brides must prove their virginity on their wedding nights. [ Jezebel , BBC ]

-The mistress-to-wife missive , a history . [ The Daily Beast , TMZ ]