Sunday evening, I tuned into the Super Bowl. If I’m being honest, I don’t care about the football aspect of it at all. For as long as I can remember, I’ve watched the Super Bowl for two reasons only – the commercials and the half-time show. Jokingly, prior to this year’s half-time show, I said to myself, “I can’t wait to get on the Internet when it’s over and see everyone talk about how much they hated it.” Let me tell you, the Internet did not disappoint.

Maybe I was being naive, but after watching and enjoying the show, I thought the uproar would be about how people just didn’t like the music. No, instead, it was about how Jennifer Lopez and Shakira dressed and the way they danced. Come on guys – it’s 2020, why are we still worried about what women do with their bodies?

Last year, when Adam Levine of Maroon 5 danced shirt-less onstage, little was said, but fully-clothed J-Lo and Shakira sent people clutching their pearls.

Women’s bodies are not sexual objects and they are not anything to be ashamed of. If you found anything sexual with the half-time show, the problem just might be within you.

What I took away from the half-time show was unity and women’s empowerment. It was beautiful. Lopez’s use of the Puerto Rican flag was also a reminder that the United States is diverse. People forget that Puerto Rico is a part of the United States and that we are united under the same desires of freedom of things like expression and individuality. The event also allowed J-Lo to share a special moment with her daughter, singing together in front of the biggest audience of her life.

Admittedly, I was also impressed with how good of shape both women were in and a tad bit jealous. What I did not feel was disgust for their dancing or outfits.

Perhaps my main issue with people’s “disgust” of the half-time show is the irony. To me, it is ironic that this half-time show was labeled “x-rated” and “not family-friendly” while we have a president who thinks women are objects that he is allowed to grab, kiss, and touch because “when you are rich they just let you do it” (his words, not mine). If people were half as disgusted by the sexual-preditor type actions of our president as they were females dancing, maybe half the world wouldn’t be laughing at us.

Women, how about instead of criticizing other women about what they do with their bodies and how they dress, we unite together to support each other. Some are saying that this sends a bad message to our youth, but I think what sends a worse message is telling young girls that their bodies are something to be ashamed of.

During the Super Bowl, there were plenty of female- positive messages being sent. Olay reminded women they can be astronauts and that there is plenty of “space” for girls at whatever table they want to sit at. Katie Sowers reminded females that they can do anything men can do. And Jennifer Lopez and Shakira reminded women that they can feel confident in front of millions in their bodies.

Ladies, lift each other up the ladder.