By Jessica Roy / current.com / @CurrentJess
Lena Dunham's tongue-in-cheek video about her first time voting is the latest installment in an ongoing series we like to call "Republicans Ride the Sanctimony Pony."
Republicans across America clutched their pearls simultaneously, with self-righteous outrage. #MyFirstTime began trending on Twitter, with unctuous tweets flying: "hapless pussy baiting," "pandering to uninformed young women," "it's comparing voting to being deflowered by a 50-year-old man" (are we still using the term "deflowered"?), and "Democrat moms, do you really want your president talking to your daughter about her first time???" Rush Limbaugh called it "insulting to women," which, to be fair, is a subject on which he is an expert.
Today, the National Federation of Republican Women sent out a press release. It was titled "Obama Campaign Sinks to New Low with Ad Comparing Voting to First Sexual Encounter" and subtitled "Young Women Exploited, Insulted by Campaign's Reckless Lack of Judgment." It goes on to say:
The ad is clearly targeted to young, single women, particularly college-aged women, and implies that Barack Obama is the guy these young women should want to have their first "voting" encounter with, because he "cares about and understands women." The ad is laced with sexual implications and double entendres, including this: "My first time voting was amazing. It was this line in the sand. Before I was a girl. Now I was a woman."
Appealing to young women? Implying that he cares about and understands women (note the scare quotes they used)? Oh, the humanity!
The same thing happened a couple of months ago when the Barack Obama campaign's Tumblr posted an image that said, "Vote like your lady parts depend on it." Conservatives got #ladyparts trending, and Michelle Malkin smugly said she would vote with her lady SMARTS, not her lady PARTS.
How dare Obama reduce women to their "lady parts"? A real politician would reduce them to just a uterus, am I right?
Here's the thing, Republicans. Here's the real reality of the situation:
Your side is the one trying to limit our access to birth control and abortion (a legal medical procedure).
Your politicians are the ones talking about how girls "rape easy," and your sainted Ronald Reagan is the one who started the simultaneously racist, sexist and classist myth of the "welfare queen."
Just this week, one of your own said he supported forcing women to give birth to a rapist's baby, and your presidential candidate said he would not withdraw his support for him.
You're the ones pushing the rumor that Obama's mother was a porn star who gave birth in Kenya.
Your candidate slammed single mothers right in front of the first president ever born to one.
You're the ones suggesting bills to cut aid to new mothers.
You're the ones attempting to defund Planned Parenthoods across the country, which primarily serve young women.
You're the ones voting down bills like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Violence Against Women Act.
Oh, and you're the ones trying to kill Obamacare, which insures millions of American women.
So you'll have to excuse me if I can't get my hackles raised over a double entendre about voting and sex. If my choice is between a candidate who lets a celebrity make a cutesy video about her first time and a candidate who will not withdraw his endorsement of a man who says rape babies are part of God's plan, it's pretty clear who to choose.
Republicans have been hopping on the "Oh, no! Obama mentioned something about vaginas" Sanctimony Pony every chance they get because even they aren't dense enough not to realize their party platform is inherently anti-woman. They will do whatever they can in order to pivot the conversation away from "women's bodies should be subservient to their husbands and fertilized eggs" — because they know that both lady parts and lady smarts tremble in fear at the idea of a Romney presidency. And with good reason. As far as I can tell, most Republican politicians actually do hate me and every other liberal woman out there.
As a young woman, my health, reproductive rights and livelihood are directly threatened by a Romney presidency.
Your team is the one waging the War on Women. Trying to get my feathers ruffled because an ad subliminally mentions sex isn't going to make me forget that.
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