The XX Factor

We’re Talking About: May 18, 2010

-That famous statistic, the 50 percent American divorce rate, may be greatly exaggerated . New York Times reporter Tara Parker Pope calls it into question in her new book For Better , at least as a reading of “marital stability” among her college-educated audience. [ Time ]

-We know the recession has increased the number of women earning more than their husbands. Are highly educated women also now more willing to marry less educated men ? Where earning potential was once a top criterion in vetting a man, do “hard-working,” “laid-back,” and forthcoming with “affectionate hugs” now fill the bill? [ CNN ]

-Actress Charlotte Lewis has accused Roman Polanski of raping her when she was 17, contradicting her own 1999 account of her highly consensual relationship with the director. Which Lewis-past or present-is telling the truth? [ The Daily Beast ]

-The U.K. cabinet now includes its first Muslim minister, the young, divorced Pakistani-British baroness and Conservative Party co-chairman Sayeeda Warsi . Will she push for a shift in Britain’s treatment of Muslims? [ The Daily Beast ]

-Consider the “gayby.” In the new memoir She Looks Just Like You , Amie Klempnauer Miller ponders the legal, cultural, and personal quirks of lesbian motherhood . [ Salon ]