The left often accuses the right of being anti-woman while hypocritically treating women as sexual objects or helpless victims. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of Obama’s ads targeted at women is the underlying assumption that women need the government to succeed. The prime case in point is the Obama campaign’s paternalistic Life of Julia storybook ad that depicts a fictional woman who is dependent on the government from cradle-to-grave.
Is this really the message that we want to communicate to our daughters? Julia is no role model for young girls. She is not strong or independent. Julia is an example of what not to be. She is a hopelessly dependent woman who is defined by her interactions with the government.
When she is 31 years old, Julia “decides” to have a child. Who is the father? No one knows. There is no man in her life except for Uncle Sam also known as her sugar daddy. She is more than willing to trade self-reliance for a big government that will take care of her.
The Life of Julia rightfully received negative reactions from most women. All too often, Democrats wrongly act like women only care about birth control and abortion. That is simply not the case.
Birth control is hardly the most important issue this election cycle. Despite all the scare tactics from the left, there are no serious proposals from any GOP lawmaker to ban birth control. Just because someone does not want the government to subsidize something with taxpayer dollars, does not mean they want to forbid it.
Women of childbearing age are more likely to be concerned with finding and keeping a job than who is going to pay for their birth control.
Millions of women are deeply concerned about the stalled economy, the exploding national debt, and the attacks on our civil liberties. Unemployment among women has risen from 7 percent to 8.1 percent during the Obama administration, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The national debt has risen by more than $5.4 trillion over the last four years. Obama has extended the unconstitutional Patriot Act, signed the horrendous National Defense Authorization Act, and allowed the groping from the TSA to continue.
Women have come a long way. The Obama campaign’s sexist ads that reduce women to nothing more than our private parts are setting us back decades.
Julie Borowski is a Policy Analyst at FreedomWorks, an organization dedicated to lower taxes, less government, and more freedom. Her writings on economic policy have appeared in numerous newspapers and online outlets. She is on the Board of Advisors for the Coalition to Reduce Spending and she launched an independent YouTube channel called TokenLibertarianGirl in June 2011.
She was previously selected to be a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow with the Institute for Humane Studies where she worked at the Center for Competitive Politics. Most recently, she was a government affairs associate at Americans for Tax Reform.
Julie has volunteered for political candidates in Kentucky and in her home state of Maryland. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Frostburg State University in May 2010 where she studied political science, economics and international studies. She is now located in Washington, D.C.
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