The XX Factor

We’re Talking About: May 5, 2010

-Pakistani-born Faisal Shahzad , the Times Square car bomber, lived a quiet, nonpolitical suburban life , while secretly training with the Pakistani Taliban . [ N ew York Times , The Daily Beast ]

-On the 50 th anniversary of the pill, some younger women are rejecting the “selfishness” of women’s lib. They are fighting a new fight: Faminism , not feminism. [ The Observer ]

-Sleeping fewer than six or more than nine hours a night over many years can lead to premature death . [ Guardian ]

- Men don’t read as many books as women , because fewer books are geared to a male audience-an inbalance perpetuated by a female-dominated publishing industry. Too bad book-editing offers too little power and glory and too much “selfless laboring” to attract an XY workforce. [ The Huffington Post , Salon ]

- Miley Cyrus’ new video: Victorian freak-show meets a very sexualized 17-year-old . [ Gawker ]