Not all fun and games

I need a break from those irritating Walmart commercials which show women making all the food for large Super Bowl parties. As if only women would make all the food for a party. As if women wouldn’t want to watch the game. Memo to Walmart: Dudes cook and chicks watch sports (at least at my house).

(sigh) Anyway, here’s some news:

  • Perhaps to get back in my good graces NOW is doing the 2008 Feminist Super Bowl AdWatch. Considering that something like 158 million people watch the game and that it is often a launch pad for new and/or good ads, this seems like a good way to highlight sexism and misogyny in ads. They have a website which will be updated with their feedback.
  • Nevada NOW reports that some Christian anti-choice organization called 40 Days for Life is planning to protest outside clinics in Reno (one of 59 cities in 31 states targeted) from Feb. 6 to March 16. They also plan to go door-to-door with “information” and to target local media outlets with “carefully targeted news stories.” Luckily, the folks at our state NOW chapter are on their shit and have handy info for those who want to counter-protest or just want to be up on info from religious folks who aren’t against abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood is reporting a whopping 2,600 supporters at the Caucus last month, far exceeding the 1,200 they were shooting for. Bravo! Now they are launching a Protect Women’s Health monthly activist meeting on the first Wednesday of each month to get folks together for the cause and hopefully do more good. The e-mail I got says the meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Feb. 6 at 3220 W. Charleston Blvd.
  • Did you know that Bill Clinton’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy turns 15 this year?
  • And the NY Times reports that finally, finally we’re in an election season where boogey man of gay rights is not being trotted out to scare conservative voters. I wish I could say the same was true for women’s reproductive rights.
  • According to The Advocate, the McCain campaign robo-called voters in Florida last week with an anti-gay message. The HRC is calling the act offensive. I agree! Here’s the relevant quote:

The Arizona senator’s campaign has set up a call targeting his main rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, on social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.
The call, featuring a woman’s voice, claims Romney has treated “social issues voters as fools,” according to
Mitt Romney thinks he can fool us,” says the voice. “He supported abortion on demand, even allowed a law mandating taxpayer-funding for abortion. He says he changed his mind, but he still hasn’t changed the law. He told gay organizers in Massachusetts he would be a stronger advocate for special rights than even Ted Kennedy. Now it’s something different.”

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