Sex and the Superbowl: Sex over watching the game? Nuns fighting against trafficking


From my opinion you can examine anything through the lens of sex. So with that stated. let's talk about the Super Bowl. 

For some, the Super Bowl is the best research vehicle in seeing the status of gender in this country, bring up ideas of both gender stereotypes and gender representations. From players patting each other on the butt to the types and tones of commercials launched to maybe even a little half time controversy it's a great window into the world of gender. According to Zoosk, a dating site with approximately 15 million active users, 91% of women would be interested in going to the Super Bowl on a date, yet the data from BabyCenter says 80% of moms would prefer sex to watching the game. Some interesting food for thought, no?

Many have also written about large sporting events, which attract large groups of men, and their impact on the location and communities in which they take place. From the Olympics to the World Cup, many a public health cry has been heard about the possibilities not only of consensual unprotected sex do to excessive drinking but also the increased presence of sex workers. Some have even wrapped in the idea of sex trafficking, defined by the United Nations as the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat, use of force or other forms of coercion, for the purpose of exploitation.” But in effort to address the situation of sex trafficking, a group of nuns have begun working with hotel employees, cab drivers and security officers in Indianapolis to help train them to look out for individuals or situations that may be linked to trafficking. "The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said there were 133 underage arrests for prostitution during 2011’s Super Bowl weekend in Dallas and estimates that 10,000 prostitutes were brought to the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami, according to Forbes Magazine." In response to this information, Indiana has strengthened its sex trafficking laws, now prohibiting "any person from arranging for another person to participate in any forced sexual act and makes it easier to prosecute traffickers who sell children" While not promoting  sex trafficking in any manner, some experts/activists have been quick to make sure sex trafficking is not used as a catch all phrase to describe sex workers who do not fall under this category. 

Super bowl, sex or a date?:

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