On 25 June 2013, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis filibustered for 11 hours to stop a bill (Senate Bill 5) that would have closed down 37 out of Texas’ 42 abortion clinics. During the filibuster, she wore comfortable shoes: the Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider 16 Running Shoe. Satire is an effective — or at least funny — way of combatting stupidity, and so satirists went to the Amazon.com page for these shoes and wrote such comments as these:
Shoegirl wrote, “If you live in North Dakota, make sure you purchase these within the first six weeks of your running program or you will be prohibited from purchasing them. It’s for the safety of the shoes.”
Beusen wrote, “Love the color and the fit … but would like to see an elephant pattern on the bottom; it would improve the traction!”
Heather wrote, “The next time you have to spend 13 hours on your feet without food, water or bathroom breaks, this is the shoe for you. Guaranteed to outrun patriarchy on race day.”
Christine Winslow wrote, “I’m not sure I could ever bring myself to buy or wear shoes like this. But you know, I’m so glad I have the option.”
GML wrote, “When I first began wearing these shoes I thought my reproductive rights were secure. Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Luckily these shoes are really great for kicking republican legislators out of office! They want to shut down reproductive and health care facilities for the poor in Texas? Use these shoes to shut down the state capital!
“These go perfectly with any back brace you may need after good old fashion filibusting for 9 hours (with 4 more to go). What’s that? Your crappy mean-spirited colleagues on the other side of the aisle say it isn’t fair? That’s right, ladies, this shoe is completely washable, so just shove it up their [*]ss.
“Most importantly, even if you wear these gems without sox for three days straight, they still smell better than a republican Lt Governor who tries to push a law through past midnight, which is absolutely and completely illegal. Yea, pretty stinky I know.”
Men got involved, too. Tom Miller wrote this one-star review:
“1) I am a man and these are clearly women’s shoes
“2) I have never gone through the experience of wearing them
“3) These shoes are not designed for my feet; and
“4) They are of a color I would never wear…
“I feel somehow compelled to decide for the shoe’s female target market whether or not they should own them.”
For Further Information: L.V. Anderson, “Wendy Davis Supporters Review Her Pink Sneakers on Amazon.” Slate. 27 June 2013
For Further Information: Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider 16 Running Shoe. Customer Reviews. Amazon. Accessed 28 June 2013.
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