Feminist Friday: Revoke My Feminist Creds – I'm Watching the SuperBowl!
Posted February 5, 2010on:
Yes, it’s true. I’m going to watch this shameless display of male supremacism on Sunday, and you know what? I’m going to enjoy it, too!
Is my blogsister Violet right about the SuperBowl being sexist? Absolutely. But here’s how I see it: in our society, which feminists agree is structured in a patriarchal manner, we are surrounded by sexism all day, every day, in every area of our lives. In this environment, it is quite easy for an awake, aware person to go completely insane from the barrage of anti-woman, misogynist propaganda. For Goddess’ sake, on my way to work I have to see ads for a sex toy shop, with a headless woman’s body being pawed by male hands. (I find the fact that the woman has no head robs her of volition, which connotes rape to me, not consensual sex.) In the subway, I see posters for a new show called “Caprica,” which is about artificial intelligence and cloning, so of course, they display a picture of a naked woman with an apple! Makes perfect sense. Cloning = science = teh Bible = wimminz are teh EVIL and tempt you to defy God by trying to transcend humanity! Booga booga!
The CBS (surprise!) crime drama, “CSI New York,” recently did a show that prominently featured female football players. Empowering role reversal, right? Not so fast! They were in a “lingerie league;” i.e., they played football in their (Victoria’s Secret) underwear. Illegal forward pass, CBS! (The women wore “protective” pink shoulderpads and helmets and shinguards, though. All righty then.) It was possibly the most sexist thing I’ve ever seen on TeeVee.***
***Oh, who am I kidding? Bridezillas? Hung? All the shows about the poor little toddlers who are forced to compete in beauty contests? Everything on Lifetime “Television For Women?” Choosing the most sexist thing on TV is like trying to eat only one dark chocolate truffle from La Maison du Chocolat. Mmmm….chocolate…arglarglarglargl…
Ahem. My point is, there are certain types of things that really press my buttons, yet probably don’t annoy other feminists nearly as much. When the very air you breathe is contaminated with patriarchal excreta, there are filters you must apply in order to survive. Although I wouldn’t care if football never existed, or if it stopped existing tomorrow, I see it as a symptom of patriarchy, one of billions; and one that isn’t nearly as bad as the constant reinforcing of negative female stereotypes in our television shows, movies and advertisements. It’s probably my background as an artist that makes me see the patriarchy this way, but I tend to dwell on cultural sexism much more than sports sexism.
So, I ‘ll watch the SuperBowl, while other feminists find it disgusting and untenable. I think that’s okay. There’s plenty of outrage to go around.
Oh, and here’s an activist idea: if that ridiculous Pam Tebow ad does, in fact, air after all the calls and letters and protesting (in which I did participate, thank you very much), why don’t we all change the channel? CBS will be scrutinizing who watches what type of ad very closely in order to see which ads to purchase next year, and I think it might make quite an impression if our eyes were elsewhere during that inappropriate and hateful moment in time.
What do you think? Have I lost all my feminist creds because I think Drew Brees and Peyton Manning are great football players, and I enjoy drinking and having fun with my husband? Heck, do I lose my creds because I HAVE a husband? And are YOU going to watch the Super Bowl? (We can have a liveblog and drinking game that day too, folks, if you want it!)
This is an open thread.
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