Saturday, October 27, 2012

Immature Obama Turns Off Women

26-year old Lena Dunham thinks she's funny:
Lena Dunham lost her innocence when she voted for Barack Obama, or so the 26-year-old actress-directrix claims in a creepy new ad for the campaign. "Your first time shouldn't be with just anybody," Dunham--no relation to Stanley Ann, as far as we know[?!?]--tells the camera. "You want to do it with a great guy." She plays off that ambiguous antecedent for a wearisome 63 seconds. Her own "first time," she explains, was in 2008, with Obama, "someone who really cares about and understands women. . . . My first time voting was amazing. It was this line in the sand: Before I was a girl, now I was a woman." "My first time voting was amazing." An especially odd statement: "[It's] also super uncool to be out and about, and someone says, 'Did you vote?' and [you say], 'No, I didn't feel--I wasn't ready.' " The Washington Examiner's Joel Gehrke notes that Dunham seems to be mocking sexual innocence: "If a girl's not ready, she's not ready. The president, who has two daughters, surely understands that." Slate's L.V. Anderson notes that Dunham was 22 in 2008, which means she was eligible to vote four years earlier. Why didn't she? Anderson suggests Dunham's 2004 reticence was a product not of modesty but of hypergamous selectivity: "I'd rather lose my voting virginity to Barack Obama than John Kerry, too." He has the hat to this day. The ad occasioned widespread mockery from conservatives, which lefties have answered in a seethingly defensive manner. Our favorite such response is from Amanda Marcotte, also of Slate, an extreme feminist and onetime John Edwards campaign aide. She calls the criticism "unhinged," "crazy" and "frothing" and begins with an exegesis of the ad:
[Dunham] means first time voting, but of course the joke is that it sounds like she's talking about your first time having sex. Dunham's considerable charm drives the joke home.
How many feminists does it take to change the country? THAT'S FUNNY!!!! Is this sort of thing really going to motivate the "youths" to go to the polls and cast ballots for Obama? Color us skeptical, but what do we know? We haven't been a youth in some years. It does seem to us, however, that it's unlikely to help the president with the vast majority of voters who are a decade or more removed from puberty.

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