The XX Factor

We’re Talking About: June 22, 2010

- Elena Kagan ’s record on abortion rights is causing a stir with liberals and conservatives alike . Kagan now faces public opposition from Robert Bork , a failed conservative Supreme Court nominee from the Reagan administration. [ Boston Globe , Salon ]

-This year’s World Cup turns the spotlight on a group of elderly South African women who have traded in their knitting needles for soccer cleats . The soccer-playing grannies call themselves ” Vakhegula Vakhegula ” (“grandmothers grandmothers” in Tsonga) as a tongue-in-cheek nod to the national team, Bafana Bafana ("boys boys” in Zulu). [ L.A. Times ]

-Once women close ranks on the corporate world, the next step in feminism is to bring men into traditionally female roles , leveling out the playing field at home. [ New York Times ]

-A dating Web site has launched an online matchmaking service to pair up sperm and egg donors with hopeful parents . [ Newsweek ]

Photograph of Vakhegula Vakhegula courtesy of Gallo Images/Getty Images Sport.