For those of you who are unfamiliar with wacky U.S. politics, a filibuster is “a type of parliamentary procedure where debate is extended, allowing one or more members to delay or entirely prevent a vote on a given proposal.” During a filibuster, one cannot eat, drink, sit, lean, use the bathroom, or stray off-topic. Yesterday, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis completed a thirteen-hour filibuster of SB5 (Senate Bill 5), a bill that would shut down 37 of Texas’ 42 abortion clinics, drastically restricting Texas women’s access to to a safe, legal medical procedure.
The outcome of Senator Davis’ filibuster is still unknown, as SB5 was passed with an illegal vote several minutes after midnight (the entire point of the filibuster was to delay the vote until midnight, after which the bill would expire). The heroism of her efforts, however, is far more certain.
As I was watching the Texas state senate on the Texas Tribute live stream last night (wearing Jour d’Hermes, with its prominent lemon note, to help me stay awake), I thought about what kind of perfume I would choose to make such an important stand. It would have to be something that would keep me alert, something that would give me strength and support, maybe something with “pour Femme” in the name to remind me why I was doing this in the first place. Our own Alyssa Harad, author of Coming to my Senses, wore Frederic Malle Carnal Flower as she
stood sat in the balcony of the Texas senate for the entire length of the filibuster for approximately twelve hours.
What perfumes would you wear to filibuster a bill (not necessarily one with the same content as SB5)?