Tuesday, February 02, 2010

We need more Tim Tebows

Sports columnist, Sally Jenkins, scores a touchdown with this column chastising the ninnies at NOW or, as she calls them, "The National Organization for Women Who Only Think Like Us" and "National Organization of Fewer and Fewer Women All The Time" for making a huge stink over Tim and Pam Tebow's ad celebrating the decision she made to have him despite the advice of doctors to have an abortion. Whether you agree with the Tebows' pro-life stance, and Jenkins doesn't, she is absolutely right that we would have a lower need for abortions if more young men took Tim Tebow as their role model.
Here's what we do need a lot more of: Tebows. Collegians who are selfless enough to choose not to spend summers poolside, but travel to impoverished countries to dispense medical care to children, as Tebow has every summer of his career. Athletes who believe in something other than themselves, and are willing to put their backbone where their mouth is. Celebrities who are self-possessed and self-controlled enough to use their wattage to advertise commitment over decadence.

You know what we really need more of? Famous guys who aren't embarrassed to practice sexual restraint, and to say it out loud. If we had more of those, women might have fewer abortions. See, the best way to deal with unwanted pregnancy is to not get the sperm in the egg and the egg implanted to begin with, and that is an issue for men, too -- and they should step up to that.

"Are you saving yourself for marriage?" Tebow was asked last summer during an SEC media day.

"Yes, I am," he replied.

The room fell into a hush, followed by tittering: The best college football player in the country had just announced he was a virgin. As Tebow gauged the reaction from the reporters in the room, he burst out laughing. They were a lot more embarrassed than he was.

"I think y'all are stunned right now!" he said. "You can't even ask a question!"

That's how far we've come from any kind of sane viewpoint about star athletes and sex. Promiscuity is so the norm that if a stud isn't shagging everything in sight, we feel faintly ashamed for him.
In this era of Tiger Woods revelations, feminists should be thrilled that there is a famous and popular young athlete who displays so much respect for women and their choices. But the increasingly out-of-touch women at NOW are so incensed that he and his mother would want to share their story that, with their silly protests, instead amplified his message way beyond one thirty-second spot. Now, that is dumb.