New 'Slate' "Political" Ladyblog Is All About Cleaning And Babies

So Slate's Meghan O'Rourke, Emily Bazelon, Dahlia Lithwick and some other vagina-havers now occupy a little cordoned-off area called "The XX Factor," where they are expected to crank out what the site touts as "Slate's no-boys-allowed political blog!" (Were they jealous of Salon's Catbox ladyblog?) But man, is the personal ever "political" up in that beyotch.

"Our husbands are better at focused play because they are better at focused everything, when it comes to parenting. They certainly can and do pack lunches and wipe spills. But when they are eating they eat and when they are playing they play. They somehow find time to take care of their own stuff and they don't maniacally multitask while doing it. Not sure what this has to do with our math performance in college," muses Dahlia. We're not sure either!

Emily Yoffe also does some research close to home: "The other day I was talking to my sixth-grade daughter about school and I asked her who the smartest kids in her class were. She listed a bunch of boys. 'What about the girls?' I asked. 'There are lots of smart girls, but they're not the smartest.'" Boy, it is so hard to tell where the line between 'honest observation' and 'stereotype reinforcement' lies, isn't it?