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Women’s Media Center Holds “Jockocracy Watch” on Super Bowl Sunday Live Chat to Feature Notable Gues

February 5, 2010

February 5, 2010 (New York, NY) – The Women’s Media Center is not backing down. CBS, the NFL and Super Bowl advertisers are still planning to air the anti-choice Super Bowl ad, and we continue to hold them accountable. This biased policy reversal in favor of the anti-woman, homophobic organization Focus on the Family should be seen as a referendum on the status of women in the media and marks the first time the Super Bowl will be used to push a polarizing, political agenda. Though we have not been allowed to see the Tebow ad, our understanding is that it is a mild telling of the Tebow family story. We respect the ability of every women to make important personal medical choices for herself and her family, and Pam Tebow had the opportunity to make the choice to carry her high-risk pregnancy to term – a right that Focus on the Family is aggressively working to undermine. Focus on the Family has spent millions of dollars in an attempt to fool the American people, when their true intent is to have the government intrude in women's reproductive health decisions. Women’s Media Center supporters have sent more than 200,000 emails to CBS, the NFL, and Super Bowl advertisers, with hundreds of thousands more letters sent in from coalition partners allied organizations. CBS and the NFL gambled that women would allow this biased decision to go unchecked, but as a result of our actions, Focus on the Family’s anti-choice, homophobic agenda has been exposed. The Super Bowl has always been a showcase of overt sexism with advertisements that objectify and demean women.  The Women’s Media Center will host “Jockocracy Watch,” an online live commentary with WMC Co-founder Gloria Steinem, WMC President Jehmu Greene, Shelby Knox, and other special guests. It will be an interactive, lively discussion of feminism, sexism in the Super Bowl, and the ongoing fight to protect women’s reproductive rights. “Jockocracy Watch” will be taking place Sunday, February 7, 5:30pm – 10:30pmET, at http://bit.ly/ustreamwmc. To speak with WMC President Jehmu Greene, or to book other experts on health reform, health care politics, or women's reproductive rights, please contact Rebekah Spicuglia, (212) 563-0680, rebekah@womensmediacenter.com.

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