The XX Factor

We’re Talking About: DADT, Sex Trafficking, and Selling Babies’ Blood

- Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he is disappointed but not surprised by the Senate’s failure to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.” [ New York Times ]

- Iran denies reports that it has freed the condemened woman Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani , calling the reports a “vast publicity campaign by Western media.” [ New York Times ]

- A class of parents says that Texas sold babies’ blood to private firms and the Pentagon after the babies took part in a mandatory screening. [ Courthouse News Service ]

- A professor at Columbia has been charged with incest for a three-year-long consensual relationship with his now 24-year-old daughter. [ Gawker ]

- A startling new ad campaign is aiming to get media services to cut down Web sites that foster sex trafficking with underage girls. [ Daily Beast ]

- When a 7-year-old female Star Wars fan got bullied at school, girl-geeks around the world came out to support her. [ BoingBoing ]

Photograph of Robert Gates speaking about DADT by Win McNamee for Getty Images