Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger, Betty Friedan, The Spice Girls. Some of the most well known names in the feminist canon, each one revered for her pioneering relentlessness in the push for gender equality. We can now add two more names to this roster: Texas State Senator Wendy Davis and Lil’ B.
Last Tuesday night, Davis launched a 13-hour filibuster that successfully blocked SB 5, a bill straight out The Dark Ages that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks, place impossible restrictions on the opening of abortion clinics, as well as effectively shutting the doors of 37 of Texas’s 42 existing clinics. I know what you’re thinking: “Filibusters are old white people reading from phonebooks on CSPAN typa shit. That’s not only easy, it’s mostly symbolic.” Welp, not quite. Everything’s bigger and more lethal to the reproductive health of women in Texas!
Under the state legislature’s rules, Davis couldn’t go to the bathroom, eat or drink anything, or Snapchat anyone the entire time—she had to speak continuously and only about the bill. She couldn’t even lean against anything to support herself while explaining to Texas Republicans why their systematic attempts to excise absolutist sociopolitical and physical control over women’s bodies are really fucked up. Davis broke any of these rules, the filibuster would die and SB 5 would become law. Despite using every possible tactic to derail the filibuster, including an attempt to change the time-stamp of the vote before midnight, Davis’ bravery prevailed and SB 5 is kicked—for now.
Though Lil B was in the Netherlands on Tuesday night, his based echolocation intercepted massive #rare and #positive vibes eminating out of Texas, and took to Twitter to broadcast support for Davis: “SHOUT OUT TO WENDY DAVIS STAY #BASED AND POSITIVE! FIGHT FOR WOMENS RIGHT!” Lil B has since dictated an editorial to Rolling Stone about a woman’s right to chose. While you should absolutely read the whole thing, I want to conclude the same way the Based God did:
“Wendy Davis matters. She’s a woman fighting for what’s right. A lot of people aren’t agreeing with her; she’s doing something that’s out of the norm. A lot of people who do agree are scared to speak, or they’re not in a position to be heard. So I definitely respect Ms. Davis for planting new seeds for women’s rights. I’m trying to do that on my level, too. I think women are going to keep excelling. We’re going to have a woman president. We need more women in the workforce, way more women involved in running everything. That’s our problem.”