The XX Factor

We’re Talking About: Divorce, Giggling, and Ambiguous Gender

- Dr. Madan Kataria , the Guru of Giggling, brings laughter-yoga to America. [ The New Yorker ]

-Their homes and livelihoods destroyed, some Hurricane Katrina survivors used the storm as an opportunity to end dysfunctional marriages. [ The Daily Beast ]

-Cutthroat moms “redshirt” their kindergarten-age children to give them an academic advantage. [ New York Times ]

-As Michelle Obama ’s communications director Camille Johnston prepares to step down, insiders speculate about who her replacement will be. [ Politico ]

-Gynecologically challenged Olympic runner Caster Semenya returned to competition last month, but so did questions about hormone levels and fair play. [ New York Times ]