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Go Motorola! Brilliant satire! I was rolling on the floor!

John Molina

Chula Vista, CA

Feb 9 2010 - 2:37pm

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I received from Planned Parenthood today an e-mail expressing its position, inappropriately fetal relative to the issue, on the CBS/Tebow ad. Here is a pathetic and essential example of the weakness of liberal ( single-issue) advocacy devoid of a broad political context. I, who once raised mucho dollars for PP, am now severing my ties with the group, as I should have done long ago. The letter is signed by PP's executive director and was delivered with the subject, "That Super Bowl ad.

Jeff Weinberger

Plantation, FL

Feb 6 2010 - 4:50pm

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Is the problem advocacy, or the ad itself? For the record, I am prochoice. I too look forward to watching the Super Bowl with family and friends. I may or may not be bothered by the Tebow ad. Aside from the coverage, I've yet to see it.

But here are some of ads I have seen, and probably will see again while watching the game with my wife, son and daughter, and friends (including theirs). Viagra, Cialis and other ED solutions. And yes, other suggestive ads intended to arouse (or perhaps, embarrass) me and countless others stupid enough to watch. Might I have a problem with a prolife ad? Perhaps. But it is likely to be surpassed by others. Lastly, and I apologize for pointing out the obvious. Football, the cheerleaders, the commercials and more are specifically geared toward men. Chauvinism, sexism, and anything a dollar can buy. Where, by chance, is the prochoice ad from your organization?

Laurence Winer

Oak Park, MI

Feb 4 2010 - 7:37pm

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While I agree with Jacylyn Friedman wholeheartedly and vociferously, I have a quibble with one detail she got wrong. Katie Hnida's historic points were earned after her rape and at a different university. She was abused, undermined, and eventually raped at the University of Colorado, where the coaching staff and the team were allowed to treat her terribly. After some time off to heal, she earned a spot on the University of New Mexico roster, where she was a valued team member and eventually went on to score the first points earned by a woman in NCAA Division I football. One of the reasons why this distinction is so important is that reversing the order of events diminishes the tenacity that brought her this accomplishment. She not only survived, she made history afterward. It's also important to recognize that there are places (even in football) where women can be respected and treated as equals. Katie proves that hope is possible.

Miriam Mara

Fargo, ND

Feb 3 2010 - 9:01pm