Sunday, July 26, 2009

Suggested Sunday reading (7/26)

Would love to hear what stuck with you this week. For me:
  • The New York Times looks back at Dr. George Tiller's murder in "An abortion battle, fought to the death." It's a great retrospective piece, covering Tiller's mission and his protesters and supporters. Also check out the blog Every Saturday Morning, written by a clinic escort.
  • reports on legislation that two House members introduced, called "Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act."
  • I mentioned in last week's Sunday reading column that World War I veteran Henry Allingham, the world's oldest man, had died. This week, the world lost another World War I veteran, Private Harry Patch, age 111. When he was 100 years old, he had recurring nightmares about the war -- something he did not remember fondly.
  • The TechRepublic blog has an interesting post titled "Companies with more women in senior management roles make more money." It's based on a story in the Washington Post a couple weeks ago, "Fixing the economy? It's women's work." One example: A Pepperdine University study "found that the Fortune 500 firms with the best records of putting women at the top were 18 to 69 percent more profitable than the median companies in their industries."
  • ESPN takes a look at the state of women's sports, and it ain't good. Seems to be partly because of the economy, partly because of a lack of stars in some sports, and partly because people just don't watch. (Did you know that "a full WNBA payroll still works out to less than the NBA minimum salary for a single player?" Ugh.)
  • Sticking to the sports theme, Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle pitched a perfect game this week. This is one of the rarest accomplishments in all of sports; his was only the 18th perfect game in all of Major League Baseball history. has highlights and video of all 27 outs. Congrats to him. (Buehrle even got a phone call from President Obama. Cute!)
  •'s "When sports culture meets rape culture" is definitely worth reading, if you haven't yet. The article talks about the sexual assault case against Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. It references another good article on the topic, "This is what rape culture looks like," posted at the Yes Means Yes blog.
I've been keeping an eye on the Roethlisberger case, and the Erin Andrews story (which could have its own Sunday reading column at this point), and I hope to have updates to both of those soon, once I get a chance to sort through all the crap out there about both. If you come across anything worthwhile, please let me know! You can e-mail me at

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