Tuesday, June 30, 2009

This is an Awareness Test

I generally don't like to give websites like this more traffic than they deserve, but this is just too good not to pass along: http://www.guysforlife.org/. Watch the video (now - do it!) and then come back and read the rest of this post.

Ok got it??

So just one question - did you see the moonwalking bear?

This group - Guys for Life - thinks that the moonwalking bear "hidden" in the video is similar to the 650,000 men in the US who encourage impregnated loved ones to get an abortion. Their website says of these men, "No one is looking for them either - and like the moonwalking bear - they're weaving their way in and out of society in plain view, yet no-one sees them." Makes sense right? Right..

Just for the sake of argument - and mostly just to continue a completely absurd analogy - let's consider this example of the basketball passes and the moonwalking bear. I propose that if this scenario is really going to be applied to the fight for reproductive rights, it would look a little more like the following: anti-choicers are trying everything they can imagine to distract you - i.e. counting the number of passes the white team makes. But all the while, the real need for reproductive freedom is there staring us in the face - or in this case, it's moonwalking in a bear costume across a stage. So let's not let these schemes fool us - we have to remain vigilant for the moonwalking bear!

5 comments:

FeministPollyanna said...

Ha. What a weird video. You know they got a *seemingly* UK announcer to make their message sound fancier and legit....

Michael Hussey said...

I was trying to keep up with the number of passes and got it wrong. The "moonwalking bear" analogy is interesting and presents the point in an entertaining manner.

Michael Hussey said...

Shit! I didn't know the test came from an anti-choice web site. I thought it was about deadbeat dads neglecting their kids.

Danielle said...

This video has been circulating on the internet for several years. Guys for Life did not create the video, they just re-posted, as I understand it.

Great post!

Thuy-Lan said...

bonbon you're too funny!