The XX Factor

We’re Talking About: July 2, 2010

-A recent study of prostitution law in Sweden shows that penalizing those who pay for sex , rather than those who supply it, has been successful in reducing the practice (see DoubleX ‘s Emily Bazelon on the Swedish method here ). [ Guardian ]

- Elena Kagan will likely be confirmed, but without support from the GOP . [ Washington Post ]

-More racial slurs and verbal abuse-but can anything get Mel Gibson kicked out of Hollywood ? [ The Daily Beast ]

-Genetics might contribute to ” gendered eating ,” but men and women are increasingly crossing culinary borders. [ Salon ]

-A new study finds that close-knit troops of female baboons live considerably longer than those with less stable social bonds. [ Science News ]

Photograph of prostitute by AFP/Getty Images.