Garry Trudeau on Texas’ 10-inch “shaming wand” and comedy malpractice

With today’s strip, Gary Trudeau’s Doonesbury starts a week-long ridicule of Texas’s mandatory transvaginal ultrasound law, also known as the sonogram law.

The strip has a young woman coming in for a sonogram and is told to take a seat in the “shaming room” where “a middle-aged male state legislator will be with you in a moment.”

Tomorrow, she’ll get asked, “Do your parents know you’re a slut?”

Yep, and apparently, some papers are running away from the strip this week. Romenesko.com reports that the  Oregonian features editor, JoLene Krawczak says, “We thought the strips were over the line for the comics pages and won’t be running them.” I’m sure some other papers will not run the strips for fear of ruining “the funnies.”

Not sure if Gov Rick, or male legislators, or male state judges who made the law possible in Texas will make a strip appearance.  But we have days to go till Friday.

In an interview with WaPo, Garry Trudeau, creator of the Pulitzer-winning comic strip tells Micheal Cavna:

Texas’s HB-15 isn’t hard to explain: The bill says that in order for a woman to obtain a perfectly legal medical procedure, she is first compelled by law to endure a vaginal probe with a hard, plastic 10-inch wand. The World Health Organization defines rape as “physically forced or otherwise coerced penetration — even if slight — of the vulva or anus, using a penis, other body parts or an object.” You tell me the difference.
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I chose the topic of compulsory sonograms because it was in the news and because of its relevance to the broader battle over women’s health currently being waged in several states. For some reason, the GOP has chosen 2012 to re-litigate reproductive freedom, an issue that was resolved decades ago. Why [Rick] Santorum, [Rush] Limbaugh et al. thought this would be a good time to declare war on half the electorate, I cannot say. But to ignore it would have been comedy malpractice.

Can somebody please, please invent a 10-inch shaming wand for male legislators only?

You may or may not want to read Where Was the Outrage Over Texas’s Sonogram Law?

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