1. Think Progress links to a studies which found that men’s Olympic events get greater primetime television coverage than women’s sports. And when women’s sports do get covered in primetime, networks show the sports in which women wear minimal clothing. This is news?
2. Another ObamaCare assumption seems to be on shaky ground. Researchers from the University of Illinois looked at 900 health industry firms to determine the truth behind an ObamaCare claim: that greater primary care health care will result in fewer overall hospital admissions and expenditures. The researchers determined that this was not the case and that primary care was more often used wastefully. This comes after the piece in the New York Times arguing that ObamaCare will exacerbate the physician shortage that exists in this country.
3. As some commenters discovered, Role/Reboot has a piece about a fat advocate who only wears crop tops and mini-skirts.
4. Laurie Essig, the editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education who fired Naomi Schaeffer Riley for criticizing black studies, has a piece making the familiar argument that “mass murderers are white because of white privilege.” The problem with that argument is that the white men who are actually most privileged (someone like Mitt Romney, let’s say) doesn’t commit these kinds of crimes. Her argument is essentially that white privilege is an overlay for all whites and that some handle their privilege differently according to their class. This is a problem of feminist sociologists making these types of assertions on blogs without much in the way of evidence.
5. Theodore Dalrymple on the Olympic opening ceremony.