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The Soapbox: The Problem With Wendy Davis’ Abortion Story

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First, let me say that I’m a fan of Wendy Davis. I look forward to reading her recently debuted memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid, and I admire her amazing energy, her dedication to public service, and her impeccable choice in footwear while filibustering for 11 hours in the Texas Senate last year. I’m way thrilled that she’s running a tough race to become the first Democratic governor of Texas in two decades.

No, my problem isn’t with Davis at all — or even with the way she candidly detailed her abortion experiences in her book.

But we have come to the point where, like rape, and domestic violence, and so many other “women’s stories, there’s the ‘good” story—the acceptable one, the defensible one, the OK to discuss one — and the others. Women still have to justify their choices about their bodies, their sex partners, and who they allow (or don’t) to punch them in the face. Keep reading »

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis Opens Up About Abortion 17 Years Ago

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Texas State Senator Wendy Davis had an abortion 17 years ago, she revealed in a memoir being published next week. In her book Forgetting To Be Afraid, Davis shares that in 1997, she and her husband terminated a second-trimester pregnancy after they learned the fetus, a daughter, had serious brain abnormalities. Keep reading »

“Abortion Barbie” Posters Greet Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis In Los Angeles

"Abortion Barbie" Posters Greet Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis In Los Angeles

Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis flew to Los Angeles this week for a campaign fundraiser and was welcomed with warm temperatures, the promise of In-N-Out and, oh yeah, these “Abortion Barbie” posters. Created by the “conservative street artist” Sabo and paid for by Midland, Texas, woman Kathryn Stuard, the posters feature a pregnant Barbie’s body with Davis’s head, the fetus’s body visible (yeah, I said fetus, not baby) in the doll’s stomach. “Abortion Barbie” comes with her own accessories, namely a pair of scissors for, uh, the aborting, I guess. ”It hits people with the truth,” said Stuard, 53, apparently not realizing that abortions are not and have never been performed with scissors. “The artist is very edgy … I do support (Greg) Abbott [Davis's opponent] but the campaign had nothing to do with these (posters).” Keep reading »

When Willie Nelson Met Wendy Davis

This photo of country singer Willie Nelson and Texas Democratic rabble-rouser Wendy Davis fills me with patriotism. Two of my favorite Americans standing side by side, united by a love of country (literal and musical) and great hair. Wendy Davis is of course running for Governor of Texas and while Willie’s pro marijuana legalization stance might be a little controversial in a conservative state like Texas, I think he should still be tasked with writing her campaign song. What do ya say, Willie? [Facebook]

New York Times Magazine Comes Up With World’s Most Creative Cover For An Article About Female Politician

Why does the mainstream media have to ask if politicians who are also mothers can “have it all”? We never ask if dads can “have it all”; instead, we presume someone back at home (wife, nanny, second wife) is taking care of the kids and the kids are fine and we do not need to worry about them. But when a mom runs for office — or is up for any other kind of huge role, like CEO — there’s the implication that she’s going to fail in one area of her life because she has too many competing responsibilities. By asking whether she can have it all, we suggest she can’t have “it all.”  There are literally hundreds of other headlines The New York Times Magazine could have used for this article and cover story about Wendy Davis, who is running for governor of Texas as a Democrat. I don’t doubt the Times Magazine article about Davis will be really interesting. I simply wish the  mainstream media reported on male and female politicians more equally. [New York Times Magazine]

Anti-Abortion Christian Groups Push “Cookie-cott” Of The Girl Scouts

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  • Anti-abortion Christian groups launched a national boycott of the Girl Scouts current cookie selling fundraiser, because the group’s Twitter account tweeted a link to an article which included Texas Democrat Wendy Davis as a ‘woman of the year.’ The groups are warning parents that the Girl Scouts are promoting politicians who support abortion. Oh, for fuck’s sake, people! This smear campaign gets more ridiculous every day. [Think Progress, Slate]
  • The late Rep. Shirley Chisholm, who was the first Black woman elected to Congress and the first Black person to run for president, is being remembered on a U.S. postage stamp. [New York Daily News]
  • Here’s Frisky contributor Veronica Arreola with her take on The Nation‘s piece, “Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars.” [Viva La Feminista] Keep reading »
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