PRO-CHOICE: In response to growing controversy over CBS’s decision to allow an anti-choice ad sponsored by Focus on the Family to air at the Super Bowl, Planned Parenthood has released their own video, starring former professional football player Sean James and gold medalist Al Joyner. Jezebel says: “Nearly 100 million people usually watch the Super Bowl; this new (and excellent) Planned Parenthood video response to the Tebow ad so far clocks in at under 500 views. Let’s hasten that new media revolution, shall we?”:
[Also the Huffington Post has the Top Ten Banned Super Bowl Ads]
FOOTBALL: The Advocate talks to New Orleans Saints Linebacker Scott Fujita about his support for gay marriage rights and excitement for Sunday’s game:
So far, it’s been you and Brendan Ayanbadejo who have been vocal proponents of gay marriage. Do you think there will be a third player anytime soon to express the same sentiments?
I thought what Brendan wrote was incredibly insightful, thought-provoking, and completely on point. And many people would call it courageous. But if Brendan’s like me, I don’t know if he’d consider what we’ve done all that courageous. We have strong feelings about equal rights, and to me, expressing those feelings isn’t courageous, it’s the right thing to do.
I think there will be a third player who expresses support for gay marriage… and a fourth player, and a fifth, and so on. All it will take is someone who asks more guys their opinion. By and large, the business of football is still pretty 1950s, where the status quo and conformity to the principles of “just shut up and play football” are intact. But the athletes themselves are more than that. We’re more than just football players, and many of us are much more open and tolerant than we get credit for.
MCCAIN: John McCain: Cranky Old Jerk Who Hates Gay People. (@gawker)
GROPING: I Wanted Him to Feel Physical Pain: The Revenge Fantasies of Groping Victims: how women fight back when “even the most low-contact public groping incidents assault the nervous system.” (@washington city paper)
HOT: The Daily Beast loves doing totally bizarre studies with weird sample sizes and then making big desicions, like declaring which state is the best looking. (@the daily beast)
TALL: Maybe you’re straight girl friends will admit to refusing boys shorter than them, but are gay ladies heightest too? (@velvetpark)
HAIR: What Does It Mean To Be Black And Blonde?: This problem of only having one standard of beauty—which is blond hair, blue eyes, and white skin—has gone on far too long. It’s high time women liberate their own selves and redefine beauty. That is, there are MANY standards of beauty. (@jezebel)
COOKIES: Girl Scout Cookies Mania: They’re like, “OMG TAGALONGS SO GOOD WANT THEM IN MY MOUTH RIGHT NOW!” And if you’re like, “You know you can get basically the same things at the grocery store any time you want, right?” they’re like, “NOT THE SAME, HEATHEN.” (@salon)