Couldn’t care less about the Super Bowl. I don’t think I’ve watched since the Janet Jackson episode. That one I was at gathering in San Francisco and I was so irked with the placid, fleece wearing group of watchers. They lacked dynamism and reinforced my decision to move back to LA where the quality of life can be harder, but people have more pep.
Instead of rooting for big corporations to injure young men’s bodies I’m hosting a seminar on Sparkling wines with two other moms from Vivien’s school as a fundraising event. A sommelier wine friend of mine is educating us while we get soused. We didn’t mean to do counter programming, but after checking for religious holidays, national holidays who knew we had to worry about football? Two ladies dropped out and I was left to think… why?
Isn’t it kind of a feminist issue the amount of time, money, energy that is put into propping up sports which offer NO advancement to women? One dad chided one of my co host for holding an event on Super Bowl night. We have to watch all your action movies on date nights and feign interest in football? Would he reschedule his beer night for figure skating finals? What message do we as moms send to our daughter’s if we follow along the hubby to watch his game of men? Shouldn’t we be going to a Take Back the Night rally? Or in my case, Take back the wine lounge.
I’ve gotten into the particulars of a game when I was being paid to understand football for a show I hosted. But, otherwise the enjoyment of Super Bowl parties is lost on me. Let’s sit around, drinking beer and eating mediocre food, no one looks good, not much conversation is going on and watch a TV. If I liked football I’d watch from home. Of course some women on their own enjoy the game. But, plenty don’t and feel they need to cozy up to their dude. I’d the like the time back I spent sitting next to some dude I thought was Mr. Right on his couch eating pizza and acting like I gave a shit.
If you don’t like Football don’t pretend. The Football Industrial Complex doesn’t need you. Thoughtful feminist who think for themselves and raise girls to not fixate on men’s needs do need you.