Power to the Pussy (Part 1)

“No power to the people without power to the pussy!”

FADE IN:

INT. ALEXA’S APARTMENT — AFTERNOON

ALEXA MADEIRA, 21, sits crisscrossed on the tattered couch of her small studio apartment as she eats a bowl of cereal. She is watching TV.

She has an olive skin tone with Middle-Eastern and European looks. The thick waves of her hair are pulled sloppily into a messy bun that sits on the top of her head. She’s wearing an oversized shirt and no pants.

Once the commercial break ends she turns the TV up, fully absorbed into what’s happening on the screen with DR. HARPER LYNN, 45, and her two guests MARGARET PATTON, 32, and TIMOTHY SMITH, 36.

ANNOUNCER (O.S.)
We’re now back with Dr. Harper Lynn on “Doctor Divorce.”

TIMOTHY
She knew what she was getting herself into. I never lied to her!

DR. HARPER
This true?

MARGARET
OK, yes he had a girlfriend…

INT. DIVORCE DOCTOR LIVE STUDIO — CONTINUOUS

Margaret continues to speak as the audience observes. Some silently chuckle and others solemnly shake their heads.

MARGARET
… Yes, I knew she was pregnant but at the time I was in love with him.

Disgusted, some of the audience members start to groan and boo.

DR. HARPER
(to audience)
Wait for a minute guys. Let me get this straight.
(to Margaret)
You knew he had a girlfriend?

MARGARET
Yes…

DR. HARPER
And you knew said girlfriend was pregnant?

MARGARET
Yup!

TIMOTHY
See what I mean Dr. Harp!

Dr. Harper holds up her hand to Timothy silencing him. She purposely pauses for dramatic effect leaning in towards Margaret.

DR. HARPER
And you still thought this was gonna end well for you?

AUDIENCE MEMBER
Bitch, you’s stupid!

INT. ALEXA’S APARTMENT — CONTINUOUS

On screen, the audience laughs. Alexa puts down her bowl of cereal. She reaches for a medium sized bong on the ground.

She grabs a lighter off of the coffee table and lights it. She sucks in air from the top for about five seconds before pulling the stem and clearing all the smoke.

DR. HARPER (O.S.)
I think what my audience means is you can’t actually be surprised that he cheated on you.

Alexa holds in the smoke for a moment… and then blows. She waves the smoke away from her face.

ALEXA
(coughing)
Tell her doc!

ON TELEVISION SCREEN

MARGARET
Well to be honest doc he had a big — 
The show is abruptly cut off and the flashy logo of “National News Daily” appears on the screen.

BACK TO ALEXA

ALEXA
What the fuck?!

ANNOUNCER (O.S.)
We now interrupt your daily scheduled program for an NND Breaking News Exclusive.

INT. NEWS STUDIO — CONTINUOUS

The news anchor, TAMMY LAWRENCE, 26, shuffles the papers on the desk as the opening graphics come to an end. She has what some would refer to as All-American looks. She’s white, beautiful, but a bottled blonde with noticeable clip-in extensions.

Her show’s PRODUCER stands off to the side next to her camera crew. He resembles George Clooney if he was twenty pounds overweight.

PRODUCER
OK, everyone! Tammy, we’re live in 4… 3… 2…

The red lights of the various cameras that surround Tammy’s set turn on signaling that the broadcast has begun.

TAMMY
Good Afternoon Boston. My name is Tammy Lawrence and I’m coming to you live with breaking news. Despite many attempts and protests to protect what some refer to as a women’s right to choose, moments ago the Supreme Court of the United States of America rescinded Roe v. Wade.

INT. ALEXA’S APARTMENT — CONTINUOUS

Alexa’s jaw drops.

ALEXA
(quietly)
What the fuck…

INT. NEWS STUDIO — CONTINUOUS

Tammy continues her report.

TAMMY
For those of you at home who are unfamiliar, this was the case and decision that legalized abortions in the first trimester of a woman’s pregnancy. It struck down many state anti-abortion policies.

INT. ALEXA’S APARTMENT — CONTINUOUS

Tammy’s voice fades into the background as Alexa pulls out her phone to check her Twitter. The news is already trending as she scrolls down her feed. She clicks on the hashtag #EndtoRoevWade

ON THE IPHONE SCREEN

Among the memes and tweets several sticks out to Alexa. She pauses as she reads.

@judybooze: Coat hanger abortions about to come back with vengeance! #EndtoRoevWade”

TAMMY (O.S.)
Let’s bring in Oscar Pena who has been following the story today in Washington DC.

@DantheMann: Every woman on my timeline just became $300 richer. Drinks on you tonight? #EndtoRoevWade”

OSCAR (O.S.)
Well, it seems like history certainly has been made today, to say the least. Quoting our president, it’s a “YUGE historical moment for women’s rights everywhere.” I’m sure many women would disagree as this comes on the heels of the administration deeming Planned Parenthood as a domestic terrorist operation.

@JimJimmy6: If the price of condoms goes up you can cash me going raw, how bou dat? #EndtoRoevWade”

Alexa retweets @JimJimmy6’s tweet.

TAMMY (O.S.)
(chuckles)
I think it’s fair to say that this is more of a historical moment for the rights of the unborn. I think this ruling provides a firm definition to what that actually means.

BACK TO ALEXA

Alexa returns her focus back to her TV screen where it shows Tammy on the right and the news correspondent, OSCAR PENA, 32, on the left in a split screen. Oscar is Hispanic, tall, dark, and very handsome.

OSCAR
Very true, Tammy.

TAMMY
Can I for one say I’m not sad about this?

Oscar’s and Alexa’s face contort simultaneously but Oscar quickly regains his composer.

OSCAR
I’m not sure what you mean, Tammy.
Alexa reaches for her bong again.

ALEXA
Yes, bitch. Please explain!

She puts her mouth over its opening and lights it.

ON TELEVISION SCREEN

TAMMY
Woman need to stop relying so much on the government and take control of their reproductive organs. Taxpayer dollars have been funding this, birth control, and etc. for far too long. I think it’s time many people start reevaluating some of their personal life choices.

BACK TO ALEXA

Alexa scoffs and shuts off the TV. She rubs her now droopy, bloodshot eyes. Alexa goes back to her phone, this time on FaceBook, and starts to write a status.

ON THE IPHONE SCREEN

“Since abortions are illegal, does this mean every time a man ejaculates he’ll be arrested for child neglect or abuse? And if he sells said sperm will it be considered trafficking?”

BACK TO ALEXA

Once she posts it she stands to go put her dirty bowl in the sink. 
Alexa’s phone starts to vibrate. Several people have already liked the status and someone commented.

ON THE IPHONE SCREEN

“JOHNNY YAYO: Quit complaining. If you don’t want to get pregnant don’t have sex. If you have sex and get pregnant it’s your own fault. No slut shall prosper.”

BACK TO ALEXA

ALEXA
Cute.

She throws her bowl in the sink and it shatters. She storms away not even bothering to clean the mess.

INT. COLLEGE DINING HALL — EVENING

Alexa carries her tray of food through the hoards of college students in the dining hall. She stops and takes a seat once she finds her Kappa Sigma Chi sisters SAMANTHA, 22, and TANISHA, 20.

Tanisha is mixed with medium brown skin and short, loosely coiled hair. Samantha is Asian with long jet black hair.

Both Tanisha and Samantha wear similar block lettered shirts.

SAMANTHA
So I have to change my birth control.

ALEXA
Why?

SAMANTHA
Roe v. Wade! It’s literally impossible to get the pill and I saW one pack go for $200 the other day on Ebay.

ALEXA
Ugh. Why is it that a bunch of men got to decide what we can and can’t do with our pussies?

SAMANTHA
Right!

TANISHA
Can we talk about anything else?

SAMANTHA
Sorry, but I need to know my options now that our fail safe is gone and the only other form of contraception now requires me to sell my kidneys.
Alexa rolls her eyes but chuckles at the dramatics of her friend.

ALEXA
You did not just refer to abortions as a fail safe?

SAMANTHA
Lex, spare me. I know women can die or have their brother’s baby. I’m just saying it was nice to have the option for you know, other reasons.
Tanisha scoffs and almost looks dumbfounded. She puts her face in her hands shaking her head.

TANISHA
Is anyone else concerned that she puts death, having your brother’s baby, and a wild night in Cancun all in the same category?

ALEXA
As her little, I plead the fifth.

SAMANTHA
Fine, let me backtrack for a second. My point is I’m a raging bitch when I’m off birth control. I can’t afford any more mood swings, Chad is going to dump me. Even if I could afford it I can’t find a doctor that’s prescribes birth control, I’m not down to stick that thing in my arm, or put that IED in my yahoo.

TANISHA
It’s an IUD. An IED is a bomb.

SAMANTHA
Literally the same difference.

Alexa and Tanisha laugh and Samantha joins them although it’s clear on her face she doesn’t understand why they’re laughing.

The girls catch the attention of ANGELICA, 19, who is sitting a few seats down. She turns her head away from the girls but it’s clear that she’s listening to their conversation.

She has straight natural platinum blonde hair that is pushed back in a pink headband. She looks very Type A.

The girls quiet down and suddenly the mood is more serious as they pick at their food.

Samantha finally breaks the silence.

SAMANTHA (CONT’D)
(serious)
Riding dick was already risky, now it’s expensive.

The girls nod.

TANISHA
And the church said amen.

SAMANTHA
Ugh. That reminds me of what that bitch Tammy said last night.

ALEXA
I saw that.

TANISHA
(to Samantha)
YOU watch the NEWS?!

SAMANTHA
I major in poli-sci bitch. I can’t let men continue to destroy our government.

Tanisha, clearly impressed, makes a motion like she’s locking her lips.

SAMANTHA (CONT’D)
She was all like as woman we shouldn’t rely on the government and the taxpayers. True feminists take control of their reproductive organs and don’t look to the government for handouts.

ALEXA
She’s so dumb. Getting contraception is like buying a new car. Planned Parenthood has gone underground. Healthcare is a shit show. What the fuck are we supposed to do?

SAMANTHA
(shrugs)
Make better life choices as she put it.

TANISHA
(chuckles)
Oh, so she means abstinence.

SAMANTHA
Exactly. Only the fabulously wealthy can afford to have sex now anyway.

TANISHA
What a time to be alive.

Alexa thinks about this for a second. Her face changes suddenly as if a light bulb went off in her head.

ALEXA
So let’s do it.

TANISHA
Do what?

ALEXA
Let’s just stop having sex.

Angelica, who sits a few seats down, turns her head now looking straight at Alexa not caring if they figure out she’s eavesdropping.

SAMANTHA
You lost me.

ALEXA
Some guy commented on my status last night and told me that it’s my own fault if I get pregnant. If we don’t want to get pregnant or catch STD’s we shouldn’t have sex. I’m thinking I might take his advice.

SAMANTHA
I told you to delete those dumb townie fucks from high school. Unfortunately, we can’t ignore our vaginas.

TANISHA
You’re crazy. Who does that help?

ALEXA
What other option is there? Sam, you said it yourself, riding dick is risky and now it’s expensive. We can’t afford the pill, or the STD and cancer screenings. Plus god forbid we do get pregnant! How you gonna pay for the check-ups, prenatal vitamins, and let’s not forget the actual fucking baby?

SAMANTHA
I’m still not gonna deprive myself.

ALEXA
Think about it like this then. Maybe if women stopped having sex they’d stop trying to govern our bodies.

Angelica subconsciously starts to nod her head, agreeing with what Alexa is saying.

SAMANTHA
Although I appreciate the truth in that I don’t like the action plan. But even if every woman in America stopped having sex it wouldn’t do jack shit.
Alexa scoffs and turns to Tanisha sensing she might be the more reasonable one. She waits expectantly for her reaction.

TANISHA
You’re high, right?

EXT. QUAD — LATER
Alexa walks through the quad among students who are leaving and going to class. Angelica trails behind her almost in a full sprint trying to catch up with her.

ANGELICA
Hey! Alexa, hey!

Alexa turns hearing her name and sees Angelica barreling towards her past annoyed college students who try to get out of her way.

ALEXA
Um, hi?

ANGELICA
(panting)
You probably don’t know me but —

ALEXA
 — Oh, I know you. You’re that bitch that’s been organizing all those pro-choice rallies around campus.

ANGELICA
(annoyed)
Please don’t refer to me as a bitch. My name is Angelica.
Alexa rolls her eyes and starts to walk away.

ALEXA
Look, I got a class to get to.

ANGELICA
No, wait. I heard what you said at lunch.

Alexa stops and looks back at Angelica.

ALEXA
So?

ANGELICA
I think I can help.

Alexa is intrigued but her face still questions Angelica’s motives.

ANGELICA (CONT’D)
(off look)
I’m the president of Femme Fatale —

ALEXA
 — I already said I know who you are and I know all about your hippy dippy feminist club? What do you want?

ANGELICA
(chuckles)
Those girls hardly know what it actually means to be a feminist. Half of my club thinks feminism is just following girl code and the other half are lesbians that hate men. We can use that to our advantage.

ALEXA
We?

ANGELICA
Look, those girls will do whatever I say. I can get them to back and fund your idea.

ALEXA
What are you talking about?

ANGELICA
Your idea to stop having sex. I’ll admit at first I thought it was a little extreme, but it could work. If women across America put men in the doghouse they’ll do whatever we want!

Alexa, as if hearing her own idea for the first time, looks back at Angelica likes she’s crazy. She shakes her head and turns to start walking away once more, but Angelica follows.

ALEXA
Listen, I was just joking around with my friends.

ANGELICA
No, you weren’t. I’m telling you this could work!

Alexa picks up her pace and Angelica has trouble keeping up with her.

ANGELICA (CONT’D)
This is gonna happen with or without you but I’ll be more effective with you by my side!

ALEXA
You really need to get a grip. You heard what my friends said. They’re not just going to give up sex for some crazy liberal protest.

ANGELICA
Please! I need you!

Angelica reaches out for her and grabs her arm. Alexa stops but yanks her arm away. The two girls stare each other down.

ALEXA
Why me?

ANGELICA
Those rallies and protests I ran never made a difference. We made a lot a noise, but without an actual plan, it was always for nothing. Susan B. Anthony wasn’t the first suffragette and MLK wasn’t the first Civil Rights Leader. They were the successful ones though because they had a vision. They were the faces of their movement. They were revolutionary.
(beat)
You’re revolutionary.

Alexa’s expression softens.

ALEXA
I’m listening.

ANGELICA
Just come to our meeting tonight and explain your idea. Leave the rest to me.

Angelica sticks her hand out for Alexa to shake. Alexa stares down at it for a moment and then she extends her own.

The two lock eyes and smile.