The ‘Misogyny Thunderdome’ of Football Just Happened in Philadelphia And It Will Disgust You

In Philadelphia, the dead week between the end of the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl needed something. And for the past twenty-three years that “something” has been Wing Bowl — a beer-infused, debauchery-laden ode to sports and gluttony housed in an arena that one poignant Twitter user called, “the misogyny thunderdome.”

The point of Wing Bowl is supposed to be competitive chicken wing eating with a charity component, but it’s turned into a disgusting display of treating women like shit instead of the human begins they are so male attendees can “let off steam” and “have a good time.” Wing Bowl includes a jumbotron named the Can-Cam where, you guessed it, there are bare breasts, homemade “slut” signs, beer that flows like the Niagara, cat-calling, girls with low self-esteem participating, and that’s all before 8 am.

Philadelphia may be one city and Wing Bowl one event, but it’s endemic of a bigger issue: it’s not what you say (or how many ads you show in the Super Bowl) – it’s actions that count.

From far away, everything looks tip top at Wing Bowl 23:

Then, we get up close and BAM:

Let’s take a closer look at that jumbotron:

Because it’s the “liveblood [sic]” of the event…

Which is made abundantly clear on t-shirts for hugging Mom…

…And the long lines that develop at the strip club.

Everywhere else is a bathroom:

 

Yes, this is video of a guy walking and pissing at the same time. #wingbowl A video posted by Joshua Scott Albert (@jpegjoshua) on

And, if the jumbotron wasn’t obvious enough, there’s the elevator pitch!

Sidebar: I knew those Moby records weren’t selling…

Wing Bowl is passionate about misogyny AND hating Chris Christie!

And campaigning for Hillary…

And its own version of feminism!

If Wing Bowl is any indication, misogyny is alive and all too well, and it’s going to take more than ads and pink gloves to change it.

Why I Wrote “Trumping And Drinking”
Get Over Yourselves. We’re All Rory Gilmore
Hillary Clinton, Shake It Off, Taylor Swift, Hillary Clinton Campaign song
Six Reasons “Shake It Off” Should Be Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Theme Song
Nancy Reagan dies, Just Say No, Ronald Reagan
A Not-So-Positive Ode to Nancy Reagan’s Frothy “Just Say No” Campaign
I Married for Health Insurance
Why I Wrote “Trumping And Drinking”
A Case of Nixonian Deja Vu
Post-Election Munchies: What is Your Grief Snack of Choice?
Why I Wrote “Trumping And Drinking”
A Case of Nixonian Deja Vu
Trump Reality Check, Now with Actual Facts!
Fascism Facts
I Married for Health Insurance
Get Over Yourselves. We’re All Rory Gilmore
Post-Election Munchies: What is Your Grief Snack of Choice?
Women’s Elections Rights in Saudi Arabia: A Token Drop in an Abysmal Bucket & the Plight of Women Under Sharia Law
Maybe It Wasn’t Rape: Emerging Matriarchy and the Altering of Women’s Past Sexual Narratives
Paris attacks, Paris terrorism
Is Paris Burning?
Chinese government and women's reproductive rights, adopting Chinese girls, international adoption
Dear Xi Jinping, I Am Writing to You as an American Mom of a 19-Year-Old Chinese Daughter
The Vital Voice of Hillary Clinton: Part 1
Maybe It Wasn’t Rape: Emerging Matriarchy and the Altering of Women’s Past Sexual Narratives
The Eyes Have It!
Ashley Madison, Jared Fogle, sex, rape, sexual affairs
Ashley Madison vs. Jared Fogle: Rape, Sex and Hacking in America
women's viagra, Viagra, Flibanserin, sexual arousal, women's desire, sex after menopause
That “Little Pink Pill” Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Get our new weekly email
Broadly Speaking

featuring our best words for the week + an exclusive longread