Marybeth: Obama ad suggests, “Lose your virginity to Barack”
Two of my four children are voting for the first time in this election. They approach this civic duty seriously – they know voting is a privilege and a right that comes with the responsibility to be well informed about the campaigns, educated about the issues, and decisive about the direction they’d like our country to go.
Knowing the serious conversations I’ve had with Betsy and Jimmy about politics makes me even more disgusted by the new Obama internet ad starring actress Lena Dunham directed at young adults that uses sexual humor to reach new voters. That’s right – they’ve sexed up new voting for young women by comparing it to losing your virginity. (If you thought there was anything liberals won’t sexualize, it’s time to wrap up your naivety in a box and put it on the shelf.)
This is how liberals define female empowerment – brandishing your sexuality to prove you’re uber cool and not a prude. Because hip young women just love to talk about who they’re “doing it” with, right, Mr. President?
It’s insulting to all young adults that the Obama campaign believes they are so easily and transparently manipulated. And it’s the height of condescension to produce a campaign advertisement – in THIS economy – aimed at college-aged women that nowhere mentions the job market, the government’s addiction to deficit spending, or the estimated $51,636 of debt our government has incurred on behalf of each American citizen.
Of course, Dunham isn’t too concerned about the economy. She just signed a book deal with Random House for $3.5 million, in which she’ll dispense more pithy and profound advice to her contemporaries.
Dunham claims she supports women’s rights, which apparently amount to contraception and a hot guy:
“Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody,” she says, before listing various qualities that ladies should look for in their ideal candidate. Among them: “someone who really cares about and understands women,” “a guy who cares whether you get health insurance and specifically whether you get birth control — the consequences are huge,” and someone who believes that same sex couples should be able to have “beautiful, complicated weddings like the kinds we see on Bravo and TLC all the time.”
“Think about how you want to spend those four years,” she challenges. “In college-age time, that’s 150 years.”
Birth control, the Lilly Ledbetter act (a boon to trial lawyers and NO ONE else), and “doing it” for the first time with Barack. Gross.