July 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Sen. Wendy Davis, Amazon and political running-shoe activism
“Do these shoes go with this filibuster?”
That’s the question many Amazon customers are asking themselves – or at least pretending to ask themselves – according to recent reviews posted on amazon.com.
Reviews for women’s pink Mizuno Wave Rider 16 running shoes have skyrocketed since Sen. Wendy Davis, a democratic state lawmaker in Texas, made the news sporting the sneakers during her 13-hour filibuster of an abortion bill before the Texas Legislature.
Hundreds of reviews posted to Amazon read like this:
“I desperately need a new pair of sneaks but I can’t decide on the color. Should I get the pink or the yellow? Oh, if only someone with a penis would make the decision for me.” – Posted by “Seymour35”
“Perfect shoe for long hours standing up for Women’s Rights! Let’s get moving and stand up for improvement in Women’s Healthcare!” – Posted by “Celia”
“Men, do not try these on! I tried on a pair at the local mall and suddenly Texas Republicans started telling me what to do with my genitals. They started explaining reproduction to me like I was a seventh grader. Unfortunately, being male, I had no way to shut the whole thing down. I’m so confused.” – Posted by “Joshua Jones”
Still, some Amazon reviewers have taken to posting critical reviews of the shoes, correctly pointing out that Mizuno’s North American director, Robert Puccini, has contributed to Republican campaigns and supported Mitt Romney in the past.
“You might want to read up on the company politics before clicking *BUY*. Donate to the cause directly, instead. ;0) They are sitting back smiling all the way to the bank. You buy these shoes, you are not supporting women’s’ rights! Sad but true.” – Posted by RStephens
Of course, that’s not to say that all the political reviews are pro-choice.
“This is the one for you apparently if you support infanticide as well. Just remember, Wendy Davis can be your hero because her mother didn’t “choose” to get rid of her.” – “StevenC”
For what it’s worth, Davis said she knew she’d have to stand for the whole time and so she wore her running shoes because she wanted to be more comfortable.
Pro tip: Don’t filibuster in high heels.
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