Quick hit: A template for writing about Wendy Davis

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Via Wendy Davis

Have you read any articles discussing Wendy Davis’ gubernatorial candidacy in Texas? They seem to follow a mold. Texas political reporter and hilarious person Andrea Grimes poked fun of the familiar and condescending narrative forming around Wendy Davis’ candidacy in this hilarious template for journalists discussing her political solvency:

Acknowledgment that Wendy Davis is both physically and politically attractive, however abortions. Pricey running shoes and abortions. Mention of boots, because Texas. Condescending nod to people who believe Wendy Davis has a viable chance at winning the Texas governorship, but declaration of the veracity of the author’s singularly noteworthy ability to perceive political reality, in which the electoral landscape in Texas conveniently reflects author’s worldview. Curious absence of evidence that author has ever stepped foot in Texas.

I’m finding it particularly on point and reflective of my own one-on-one conversations with folks. People I’ve talked to who are outside of Texas have been generally pretty skeptical about her having a shot despite pretty minimal knowledge of the political landscape of the state. Meanwhile, the people I know who are organizing and doing political work in Texas are strong believers that she has a shot. I’m gonna go ahead and place myself in the camp of the believers. Go Wendy!

Read the rest of Andrea’s hilarious piece here.


1bfea3e7449eff65a94e2e55a8b7acda-bpfullVeronica is an immigrant queer writer, domestic artist, and music video enthusiast. 

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  1. Posted October 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    After you read Andrea’s piece, you can go to Burnt Orange Report & do a Why Wendy Can’t Win Mad-Lib.

    Then, you can get busy volunteering on the campaign if you’re in Texas, or donate or write about it if you’re not. We are totally going to do this!

  2. Posted October 17, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Oh my God, that is AWESOME! “Because abortions”, lol.

    Hope she wins. Texas is the state that writes all our textbooks, after all; if we can turn it purple, well, just imagine the possibilities…

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