Woman Furious with Men for Not Helping at Super Bowl Party

Gillian Sisley

The Super Bowl is a big deal—but should it mean men are exempt from helping with chores?

Sports, and especially football, are a huge part of American culture. Data from Statistica shows that between 2013 and 2020, over 40% of Americans reported either throwing or attending a Super Bowl party in any given year.

It's common during a Super Bowl party for appetizers and foods to be served while guests watch the game. However, this has become a contentious issue in recent years when many women have openly complained about being the ones who cook for and clean up after the party, while the men watch the show without helping or contributing.

This exact case was highlighted in a recent online post in which a young woman makes sarcastic jokes about how the men at the party are useless during the Super Bowl, and won’t lend a hand to the women who are doing all the work.

Is football more important than anything else? Including lending a helping hand?

A Reddit post published on February 25th, reported on by Taylor McCloud from Newsweek, has gone viral with 10,800 upvotes and 915 comments.

The author begins her post by clarifying that she is a college student who recently came home to visit her parents for a few weeks. Her parents were invited to a neighborhood get-together to watch the Super Bowl, and she was also invited along.

However, as soon as they arrived, the author says that there was a really weird vibe to the party. She explains that all of the women were cooking and cleaning, or watching the kids, while all the dads were watching football. She even pointed out that the little girls were doing chores, while the little boys were left to play. To ease her discomfort, the author says that she cracked a few jokes at the expense of the men at the party.

One of the jokes she made was suggesting that rather than bringing the men beers, the women could give them coffee instead so that they get off of their behinds and help out. When her mother heard the jokes she was making, she chastised her adult daughter for making them. The mother defended the situation by saying that they were from a different generation, and her daughter just didn’t understand.

The Super Bowl: the be-all and end-all?

COVID caused cancellations and restrictions to many things, including attendance at games played by the NFL. That said, surveys by Statistica showed that attending Super Bowl parties jumped in 2021 by 10%.

Of those watching the Super Bowl, between the ages of 18 and 44, surveys show that about 50% planned to watch the game at a Super Bowl party rather than in the comfort of their own home.

The author concludes her post by stating that her mother drove her home early, and is very mad at her for making the jokes. The author, however, is angry that her mother invited her to a party that was more like spending the day doing chores, rather than having fun.

What do you think? Was the author deeply in the wrong for making jokes about how the men were watching the Super Bowl while the women were cooking and cleaning? Or was she justified to point out this inequality in the division of labor, and her jokes were just harmless fun?

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