Wendy Davis is running for Governor of Texas. A little less than a year ago she was a Representative in the Texas Senate. She made headlines when she filibustered for almost 12 hours on the floor of the Texas Senate against Rick Perry’s draconian anti-abortion legislation.
Wendy Davis is now running against Greg Abbott, a particularly nasty Texas Republican. The above giant sized posters showed up in California when Wendy visited Los Angeles for a fund raiser.
The posters show a near naked barbie doll only in panties, a full term fetus in her belly, a scissors and the face of Wendy Davis. “Hollywood Welcomes Abortion Barbie – Wendy Davis”.
The Abbott campaign denies knowing anything about the posters (but of course), however the San Antonio Express-News reported that the posters were funded and commissioned by Kathryn Stuard, a conservative political donor in Texas and a big donor to the campaign. She said she paid a street artist in Los Angeles named Sabo to create a total of 20 posters.
“It hits people with the truth,” said Stuard, 53. “The artist is very edgy.” Right.
Conservative “pundit” Erick Erickson first called Davis “Abortion Barbie” after the filibuster and the echo chamber immediately picked up the noise trying to paint Davis as a one issue candidate – which she is not.
The attacks from the Abbott campaign go on – a high level member of the campaign was quoted as saying that Davis – a Harvard educated state senator was ” too stupid to be Governor”. Last year, Abbott thanked a Twitter follower for a tweet in which he called Davis “Retard Barbie”.
“Affiliating Wendy Davis with Barbie attempts to transform a political leader into a vapid and empty-headed doll famous for her over-sexualized body. The pink Barbie-like frame of the poster plays up girlhood and downplays womanhood. Barbie dolls come in boxes that show one particular job or quality (for example, Nurse Barbie or Shopping Barbie). This Barbie’s sole role is to have abortions. The poster removes Davis from the context of her election, her accomplishments in politics, and focuses solely on her body. The image of this fictional toy makes it appear that consumers can “buy” violence towards women, particularly Wendy Davis. Dolls can be dangerous, and this doll image fetishizes and commodifies a woman’s body and abortion in a new and horrifying way” stated Molly Rosner in an article on Huffington Post
Sorry but all I can say is that any woman in Texas who votes for a pig like Abbott deserves to be kept in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant.
Maybe someone should create a poster of the 796 babies in the septic tank, placed therein like so much refuse by the “Brides of Christ” in Ireland who care so much for the unborn; place the poster in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York as a reminder that the babies were not only treated like garbage – they were sold, denied baptism and a Christian burial because they were “illegitimate”. Their mother’s were treated like dirt.
Wendy Davis didn’t do that.