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  1. bleh
    bleh February 4, 2010 at 9:35 am |

    awesomeness!

  2. Q Grrl
    Q Grrl February 4, 2010 at 9:48 am |

    oh, that made my day!

  3. Lucy Gillam
    Lucy Gillam February 4, 2010 at 10:12 am |

    Wow, that’s…seriously pretty awesome.

  4. Jeremy
    Jeremy February 4, 2010 at 10:33 am |

    This video is all sorts of dope. I especially appreciate the fact that it’s two men–not to support the dominance of patriarchy or anything like that, but just because debates over this issue typically feature women speaking out for the pro-choice side (and rightfully so). It’s refreshing, and important, to feature male support for this issue as well.

  5. scribe
    scribe February 4, 2010 at 11:56 am |

    Here’s a quick transcript – hope the formatting works out

    I’m Sean James I’m a former college and professional football player
    I’m Al Joyner I won the Olympic Gold medal in the Triple Jump
    I love my family and I love sports.
    And Superbowl weekend is a perfect time to honor both – sports and family.
    There’s a lot of talk leading up to this Superbowl, about an ad focused on sports and family. The ad features a great football player, Tim Tebow, and his loving mother, discussing a difficult medical decision she made for her family.
    I respect and honor Mrs Tebow’s decision.

    I want my daughter to live in a world where everyone’s decisions are respected.
    My Mom showed me that women are strong and wise. She taught me that only women can make the best decisions about their health and their future.
    My daughter will always be my little girl, but I’m proud every day as I watch her grow up to be her own person, a smart confident young woman. I trust her to take care of herself.
    We’re working toward the day where every woman will be valued, where every woman’s decision about her health and her family will be respected.
    We celebrate families by supporting our mothers, by supporting our daughters, by trusting women.

  6. scribe
    scribe February 4, 2010 at 11:59 am |

    Ok, so I managed to italicise all of the text, instead of just Sean James’ dialogue. (I was aiming for italics vs non-italics to differentiate) Woops!

    Here’s the text again but with who’s saying what:

    If someone can format this better, please do! Thanks and sorry for the double post

    SJ: I’m Sean James I’m a former college and professional football player
    AJ: I’m Al Joyner I won the Olympic Gold medal in the Triple Jump
    SJ: I love my family and I love sports.
    AJ: And Superbowl weekend is a perfect time to honor both – sports and family.
    SJ: There’s a lot of talk leading up to this Superbowl, about an ad focused on sports and family. The ad features a great football player, Tim Tebow, and his loving mother, discussing a difficult medical decision she made for her family.
    I respect and honor Mrs Tebow’s decision.
    AK: I want my daughter to live in a world where everyone’s decisions are respected.
    SJ: My Mom showed me that women are strong and wise. She taught me that only women can make the best decisions about their health and their future.
    AJ: My daughter will always be my little girl, but I’m proud every day as I watch her grow up to be her own person, a smart confident young woman. I trust her to take care of herself.
    SJ: We’re working toward the day where every woman will be valued, where every woman’s decision about her health and her family will be respected.
    AJ: We celebrate families by supporting our mothers, by supporting our daughters, by trusting women.

  7. Niki
    Niki February 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm |

    I can’t watch the video right now but I’m going to echo Jeremy’s statement: it’s really important to have male allies voicing the importance of choice. I think the fact that these men are athletes, and therefore fit in with the real “man’s man” jockish type, further helps that point too, especially since this all revolves around a Superbowl ad; as in, “look, these awesome rugged, tough jocks believe in a woman’s right to dictate what happens with her body!” It undermines the (false) concept of women’s rights being “emasculating.”

    The pro-choice message is one that is, and should be, owned and dominated by women, but we can never de-value the importance of having men on our side. We always say “Women make up half of the world!”; but men make up the other half. They are important and valuable allies.

  8. Niki
    Niki February 4, 2010 at 12:34 pm |

    Now that I’ve read the transcript (thanks scribe!) I’m going to reaffirm my statement above that I think this is a great and important ad, considering who’s in it. However, I really really wished they had actually said the word “abortion” or even just “reproductive choices,” and made a point to explain exactly what “choices” they’re referring to; this is kinda ambiguous otherwise, if you were watching it and didn’t know what the ad they’re basing it on is promoting.

  9. Leigh
    Leigh February 4, 2010 at 12:48 pm |

    Rad. That was just the pick-me-up I needed today.

  10. Angel H.
    Angel H. February 4, 2010 at 2:45 pm |

    Thank you for printing something warm and fuzzy on a cold winter’s day!

  11. Andrea
    Andrea February 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm |

    And for a moment, things seem right in the world.

  12. PixelFish
    PixelFish February 4, 2010 at 4:01 pm |

    Oh, hey, I suggest going to Sean James’ site and leaving a note mentioning how awesome you think this ad is. (I say this because I already saw the link up on anti-choice sites, with people telling other folks to protest James and his abortion stance. They had linked both his site and Al Joyner’s but I couldn’t use Joyner’s form. It might already be down.)

    http://seanlewisjames.com/

  13. Andrea
    Andrea February 4, 2010 at 4:13 pm |

    Good call, PixelFish. My message is sent!

  14. Angel H.
    Angel H. February 4, 2010 at 4:49 pm |

    Thanks for the link, PixelFish! I sent a thank-you message, also.

  15. RD
    RD February 4, 2010 at 6:21 pm |

    I sent a thank you too. :)

  16. Kathleen
    Kathleen February 4, 2010 at 7:07 pm |

    Oh my gosh. I actually got teary watching this! Thanks PixelFish for the link — I wrote, too! You really do feel gratitude for this kind of solidarity.

  17. lauram
    lauram February 5, 2010 at 12:23 am |

    Just sent PP $75 because of this ad. Thank you Mr. James and Mr. Joyner and PP.

  18. goldnsilver
    goldnsilver February 6, 2010 at 12:37 am |

    That is a brilliant add. It’s good to see respect for everyone emphasised.

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