Irin Carmon over at Salon addresses the increasing political and pop-culture backlash against forced transvaginal ultrasound laws, which we are all too familiar with now here in Texas. (Well, we’re familiar with the laws, less so the backlash, since ugh, we’re fucked.) Carmon addresses, in part, the question of why there seems to be so much more resistance to Virginia’s bill even though six other states, including Texas, are actually living the nightmare as we speak. I told her that I think it has a lot to do with influential political players living and working in Virginia, and also the epidemic-like spread of these bills that gain traction in one place and grow ever scarier.
As to why Virginia could be different than Texas, where the law is being contested in court but is already being enforced, Grimes said, “In my experience as a Texas feminist, even progressive people just kind of expect that Texas is shitty and backwards and oh well, that’s just what happens there with those poor, ignorant Red Staters so what can you do? But now we’re seeing that Texas… isn’t just the ignorant, backwoods exception to the rule–it’s the inspiration for an increasingly well-organized push to take rights away from women nationwide.”
And Jacobson says, “There’s just this confluence of factors where people are beginning to wake up to what’s going on. Part of it is that people are aware that it’s not just a culture war — it’s a war on women, evidence, health, and science.”
By “Jacobson,” Carmon means Jodi Jacobson of RHRealityCheck.org, which has been doing bold and fantastic continuing coverage of these bills, and if you’re not already checking the site every morning, bookmark that shit.