Viewer’s Guide to Super Bowl XLV

Will you be one of the 110 million people watching the Super Bowl today? Enjoy the game, the party, the beer and the snacks. For smart commentary on what’s happening on the field, check out Sarah and ClumberKim over at DraftDaySuit. But also, be an informed viewer about the culture that surrounds the game marred by sexual assault charges.

Have you heard the oft-cited statistic that incidences of domestic violence increase on Super Bowl Sunday? Not true. Domestic violence is a problem everyday and there is no proof to support a spike on game day. According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. Why is it important to set the record straight about Super Bowl Sunday? Because some have used the misinformation as a way to discredit the advocates and feminists working towards awareness, education and help for domestic violence victims. If you need help, call the Domestic Violence Hotline 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.3224 (TTY).

Dallas officials and sex trafficking advocates are warning people that Super Bowl host cities are hot spots for sex trafficking.  Deena Graves, executive director of child advocacy group Traffick911 told Reuters, “Law enforcement agencies and advocacy groups rescued around 50 girls during the previous two Super Bowls.”  Full disclosure, we didn’t fact check this claim about the spike in sex trafficking, so just like with domestic violence, remember these crimes happen everyday. For more information on how to spot and help victims, visit

Usher is expected to make a surprise halftime appearance. I think Janet Jackson’s nipple is much more family-friendly than hearing from the artist who tops a list of “Top 10: Songs with Unhealthy Relationship Ingredients,” according to the Boston Public Health Commission.

At least there are no cheerleaders performing at this year’s game. Neither team has a squad, hence the lack of sideline entertainers.

And let’s hope the ads are actually entertaining this year. Last year’s ads had a common theme: men whining about the supposedly emasculating women in their lives.

The best action could easily be President Obama’s pre-game appearance on The O’Reilly Factor (4:45 p.m. ET). Wouldn’t it be amazing if the President took this opportunity to address the anti-woman legislation Congress has been cooking up this session? How ’bout it Mr. President?

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