Wendy Davis, kickass American hero, has lost the Texas gubernatorial election. I know I shouldn’t be surprised. For starters, she’s a Democrat, and Texas hasn’t had a Democratic governor in almost twenty years. To top it off, she’s a female, and a mother, and one of the thousands of women in this country who’ve had an abortion. It’s pretty devastating that basic facts of the female experience are political liabilities, but the fact is that while women can and have been elected to the gubernatorial office many times, it’s tough to do so without being characterized as a workaholic mommy, or a man-hater, or being bombarded with that bullshit question about “having it all.” As if a person’s entire life experience could be reduced to such benign stereotypes. That’s not to say that being a woman is the reason she wasn’t elected. People may simply not agree with her plans for the state. Maybe they did agree with her, but they were afraid of what change would bring. That’s what free elections are all about, so I can’t really speak for Texas voters, but the reality is that her loss means that thousands of women have lost their shot at having a say in what happens to their own bodies. Keep reading »
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 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 »
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 »
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]