If I were home in New York, there’s no way – unless I were co-hosting a feminist counter Super Bowl Show, like I was last year– I’d be watching the Super Bowl. I don’t care much for football in general and the ritual around this game especially elicits shows of hyper-masculinity that often cross into downright misogyny. But this year, a speaking gig has landed me in my hometown of Lubbock, Texas, in my parent’s house – and the combination of a white-out blizzard outside and tasty Southern game day food inside are making my usual boycott a little hard.
So, I decided to take to the internets to live-blog the misogyny and rape culture promotion that will captivate most of America for the evening. Below, a list of warm-ups to fill the hours before the game – check back here at 6:15 EST for live-blogging to begin!
Feminist Super Bowl Pre-Game
- 8 players in the big game have been accused of sexual assault – 7 Packers and 1 Steeler, Mr. Ben “Rapistberger” Roethlisberger
- Jackson Katz has a great guide on ‘What to Say to Boys and Young Men About Big Ben’
- Kevin Powell writes about ‘The Super Bowl and Violence Against Women’
- Some advocates are surrounding the alarm about child sex slaves being trafficked into Dallas for the Super Bowl, while others warn of thousands of prostitutes will be in the city for the big game
- Sex worker activist Audacia Ray disputes both claims, saying the outrage is trumped up and takes away attention and resources away from girls who are really trafficked and really in danger
- Ms. Magazine has compiled a preview of misogynist commercials expected to air this year. If you’re in a flashback sort of mood, check out my 2010 Super Bowl Sexism By the Numbers.
- This is the first Super Bowl in history that won’t feature cheerleaders – not for any feminist reason, of course!
Click on the link below to launch the Cover It Live window in which the live-blogging will take place. You can add your comments by commenting directly from the window or using the #femsuperbowl tag on Twitter.