How #ladyparts went viral
October 2nd, 2012
06:27 PM ET
2 years ago

How #ladyparts went viral

(CNN) - It started as an ecard, became a post on a Obama campaign blog, and eventually became fodder for conservative websites.

It wasn't the average get-out-the-vote banner.

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"Vote like your lady parts depend on it," the meme read.

The post appears to have been posted first to the blogging site Tumblr by someone known on the site as Vennstiel on September 25.

When posting it last Tuesday, that user added, "Because they kinda do."

Someone with the Obama campaign "reblogged" it on their official campaign Tumblr this week, adding the commentary, "Really, though," plus a link to the women's health page on Obama's campaign website.

The post has since been removed from the Obama campaign Tumblr, but the page was first saved by web sites that "cache" or save the impressions from web sites over time. Google's caching service provided a snapshot of the page showing it online just before 4 p.m. ET on Monday afternoon.

A spokesman with the Obama campaign did not return a request from CNN for comment on the post.

It was done in the style of the ecards on the website Someecards, whose website shows it was posted there by a user of the site known as WiscoWoman on May 27.

The Obama campaign post brought the meme to prominence online. On Tuesday afternoon, the original Tumblr post had over 8,700 "notes" which includes other users posting the graphic to their Tumblr pages.

Conservative websites, including The Drudge Report and The Weekly Standard noted the post, and it drew a flurry of comments on Twitter.

Obama's campaign website lists Tumblr alongside other popular social networking websites, including Twitter and Facebook, where supporters can interact with the campaign online.

A separate Tuesday afternoon post mentioned women in a different context, noting the platform differences between Obama and Romney on Planned Parenthood and reproductive health care.

Tumblr says it has 75.8 million blogs and that nearly 63 million posts are added daily.

As the Tumblr user who posted the original meme noted on a separate Tuesday afternoon post, "It's got a life of its own now."


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soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "It's got a life of its own now."

    Sometimes I think so do our manparts.

    October 2, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Danile6

    "Lady-Parts"-"Latinos"–"Seniors"--"Students"-–This POTUS just keeps "Uniting" us eh??? What a metamorphosis in 4 years--

    October 2, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. Should have kept it there

    The republicans have now decided to put their full support behind Akin (legitimate rape) for Senate. This in and of itself should remind women that old white men, with back woods logic, are still trying to tell women what is best for them. So the conservatives want to take a message like this and make it sound bad? LOL, just shows what they know... the statement is true and it should serve as a reminder to all women that republican men do not have your best interest in mind. I know that there are good little republican wives who have been convinced by their church and husband that their body now belongs to men... so I don't expect them to change their brainwashed minds.

    October 2, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. Alger Dave

    To say that the GOP isn't interested in women's health is insane. I love it when the Obama campaign reminds the voters that it's pro-abortion. African Americans and Latinos need to take heed of this. This one Obama stance (and there are plenty more) goes directly against the teachings of the Catholic church, and most protestant churches. Blacks and Latinos need to wake up to this fact. Are you going to vote for a guy who supports killing babies? I hope not. Now let's talk about Obama's evolving views on gay marriage......

    October 2, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. Sharon

    The health care industry has never been equal with coverage for women, especially when men can buy their birth control off the shelf at Walgreens.

    October 2, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. Pete

    If it means what I think it does,then ladies Pres.Obamas right vote to protect yourselves because the republicans really don't care about women's anything..Remember the abortion issue,contraceptives,equal job rights and ask Romney face to face specificly about single mothers rights,he'll chock because as a Mormon bishop he opposed single parents especially woman he says they're irresponsible and shouldn't be allowed to be having children while single,no matter what,just ask him...He's taken children from single mothers while bishop to give to other Mormon families,he's threatened single Mormon mothers with excommunication if they don't comply by giving up their children in exchange to stay Mormon.Is this the man you so called Christians believe should lead this country,no womens rights having children by themselves,it is the 21st century right,not a couple of centuries ago,but he's your nitwit and I bet you wished you didn't have him now right the way he really is,pathelogical liar and all,but he's yours,a loser representing losers,boy can you pick some doosies ,can't yah!!!

    October 2, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. CBR

    Women need to listen to the candidate very carefully. Unfortunately, our health does depend upon it. Just what do the candidates think about rape and the ramifications associated with rape for a man or woman, a women's right to choose, a women's right to make decisions with her doctor and without outside interests, a women's right to the best healthcare possible and a women's right to healthcare coverage for health issues that effect women. Healthcare now mandates some new tests for women which will be covered under our health care. Perhaps now we will have certain medications covered as the insurance carriers cover a man's prescription of Viagra and other male only medications.

    October 2, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. mk1

    The memo is spot on considering the GOP war on women. Consider governor vaginal probe among other things and there is no question the GOP hates women. Totally fits and is so true.

    October 2, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  9. trueblue

    women are voting because its true. the republicans have a plank on full personhood rites for the fertilized zygote. Scary.

    October 2, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  10. vink

    Welcome to the future.

    October 2, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  11. Liz the First

    They absolutely do! forcing women to carry an unwanted fetus is slavery at its most vile. and then the same folks who insist on no abortions don't want to help kids after they're born. no self-respecting woman can support this kind of demeaning oppression. the Democratic party supports women and all their rights. it cares about children and their futures. it cares that we have a clean, healthy planet for our kids to grow up on. repubs put greed over people every time.

    October 2, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  12. DocHollywood

    Just take a look at the laws passed in the states that have republican controlled legislatures/governors. Then you'll see that a woman's "lady parts" do depend on how they vote. From trans-vaginal ultra sounds to forced sonagrams, the gop likes controlling "lady parts". After all, who knows better what's good for "lady parts" than men? (sarcasm there for those who miss it)

    October 2, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  13. Common sense grandma

    Well, I certainly do not want the GOP and especially people like Akin and Santorum making decisions about anyone's lady parts. Keep your Mitts off our lady parts.

    October 2, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  14. Deb in MT

    What? Only the GOPers can mention "lady parts" now?

    At least the Obama campaign isn't forcing transvaginal probes on us.

    October 2, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  15. liberal christian

    That would make a great bumper sticker!

    October 2, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  16. DaveinDenver

    Give me a break, if this were a Romney post like this it would be on the CNN banner for the next two weeks instead of in a small ticker article that excuses it and will be gone in the next three hours. Could you all be more in the bag for Obama???????

    October 3, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  17. Thinking Texan

    How does this relate to Legitimate rape?
    Maybe that lady part is the thing Akin referred to that shuts down pregnancy.
    Conservatives going after this? There is so much to talk about like space aliens and area 41 or whatever.

    October 3, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  18. kerfluffle

    As funny as a dog on a hot car roof.

    October 3, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  19. Pam k

    Don't get the uproar from conservatives. The post just points out that it's Republicans who want to insist on ultrasound probes that aren't medically necessary, and who want to defund Planned Parenthood which provides much needed care for "ladyparts," and the GOP that wants to keep insurance from covering birth control, which has a lot to do with "ladyparts." The tweet was ded-on. Why deny it?

    October 3, 2012 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  20. sititng duck

    Can't we all focus on real stuff?

    October 3, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  21. Gurgyl

    Mitt eliminates planned parenthood., SS and Medicare. Self-deport too....

    October 3, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  22. ghostriter

    Alger Dave, mormonism is against Christianity. How can republicans vote for someone who's not christian?

    October 3, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  23. fernace

    And it's so true! The things that are really important are kind of getting lost in the last big push for the White House! Women have fought diligently to improve life for ourselves, our daughters & grandkids! When life is better for the mother it's usually better for the offspring, as well, in the form of medical care & education! Right now we have a choice to set our hard work back a couple generations or to go forward w/equal rights, equal pay, equal healthcare & affordable healthcare & education for our kids! I know who my lady parts will be voting for! Obama/Biden Nov6!!

    October 3, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  24. Hugh Jass

    Mitt is legitimately raping the GOP.

    October 3, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  25. DENNA

    LOL The heck of it all is that our "ladyparts" do depend on the outcome of this election. The Robme/Lyan Ryan ticket seems poised to "control" our parts and tell us what to do with them. I think I'd rather trust the current POTUS and his policies than the unknown, murkey policies of the GOP. Just sayin'.

    October 3, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
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