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. KellyinCA

    Why am I hearing this meme with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's voice?

    October 3, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Puddin

    "the democrats are NOT pro-abortion they are pro-choice, and the republicans are NOT pro-life (otherwise they wouldn't support the death penalty) they are anti-choice." memememememe

    The Repubs confuse me regarding their beliefs about abortion. Regardless if a couple has been told by their doctor that if their pregnancy continues to term, the baby will be born a "vegetable," they believe it should not be aborted. And we've all seen the result with people who were brought into the world that way being pushed around in wheelchairs with no control of their minds or bodies whatsoever. Then there are people who have a spouse or a parent who has a major stroke, and, yet, they won't allow them to be recessitated (?) because they will "just have to live as a "vegetable." Also, when babies grow up, they can be sent off to a stupid war, and it's okay with the Repubs if they get killed then. I simply don't get it. I'm never happy about anyone's demise, but there are some instances when good sense should rule. If those who would have to live as a vegetable could be consulted before they are born, I expect they would decline because THEY would not want to "live" in that condition.

    October 3, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. GI Joe

    PRO-Choice beats having choices taken away - which is what the republicans want. They want government so small it can fit into every woman's vagina and watch YOUR every move in the bedroom.

    Obama/Biden 2012 because GOD gave women and men free will.

    October 3, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. dave

    over 50% of abortions end in the death of a female.

    you cannot be pro-choice without denying choice to half of all the people responible for pregnancy

    women and men do not have the right to do whatever they want with their own bodies. They cannot walk down the street naked for example.

    If you cannot prove beyond all doubt that a fetus deserves no protection, then you cannot let teenage drug addicts kill them.

    All women who get pregnant without a father can choose

    In vitro fetilization kills embryos - if life begins at conception fetility clinics must be shut down too.

    October 3, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. dave

    It is illegal to fire a gun in the air b/c there is a tiny chance somebody could get hurt.

    Please convince me that a fetus deserves no protection. there is not a tiny chance a fetus deserves protection?

    A five month fetus in a uterus can be killed. A five month fetus in an incubator cannot be killed. Explain

    October 3, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. MS OF NY

    It is simple and clear from what we know of Obama and Romney for the past 4 years. Romney flip flops depending upon the Audience and time of the day. He cannot be trusted to stick to one stance or the other. Atleast with Obama who is a know quantity we know that on majority of important issues he has stuck to his stance throughout the last 4 years. He has already defined himself with his actions. When Romney does not defend his own positions during his stint as Governar, how do you expect Romney to defend women's rights, minority's rights etc..

    October 3, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Gerg

    The difereence here is htat th OBama folks removed the video (which I have not seen, so cannot say more either way about it). Sounds like, though, something akin to people calling in false reports to major events, aka, White Bronco ride, that were later untrue. Is that the media outlets fault? If you are tlaking 47%, that is clear and Romney remains unapologetic. Doesn't matter what he "meant", the words were harsh, demeaning, hurtful and largley untrue in terms of the character of the people reperesented by the "47%". In contrast, but only to a somewhat lesser degree, Biden's remarks were stupid and he didn't finish his thought, he just rambled on. Romney was clear, Biden was, well, not clear, to say the least...

    October 3, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    This abortion nonsense is getting religion nonsense–quit–if woman wants it let her have it done. What a bunch of nonsense in 21st century.

    October 3, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. informed voter

    Republicans want a government so small it can fit inside "lady parts."

    October 3, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Critical Thinking

    Lady Parts? So now women are thinking with their Lady Parts after all the years that men were critisized for thinking with their man parts?

    October 3, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. surp

    PLEASE save me from morons that make me count only for my body parts!

    October 3, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. CarolinaGirl

    @jose sorry but you are incorrect being pro-choice does not make you pro-abortion. If a woman's life is in danger or is sexually assaulted if should be left up to that woman to choose no one else. How in the world does that make someone pro-abortion? BTW, don't put everyone in the same category, I mean most dems? Give me a break!

    October 3, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. CarrotCakeMan

    One thing is for sure, Willard and the GOP HATE women as much as they hate everyone else.

    October 3, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. James Klimaski

    Getting bent out of shape over a euphemism is grasping for straws in the wind. How is this a story? Why is it that the press jumps at stories like this, but ducks reporting on candidates stands on the issues? do they find them too technical or boring?

    October 3, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Gerg

    GonzoinHouston...and others... Pro-Lifers - how about our liberties in general? Freedom of choice! No abortion under any circumastances. How about "legitimate rape"; how about "intellilgent design" (if there was ever a politically motivated "beilief" to divert your attention, there it is); killing choice by murdering physicians who perform abortions, saying "no" to stem cell research (that by the way, could help the viablity of premies and the unborn) and on and on. Tell me how the conservative viewpoint protects our liberties... I am sure they do, as long you share their beliefs. Abortion, Planned Parenthood, contraception... all have to do with the health and welfare of the woman - yet, the GOP wants to take that all away and/or make it as difficult as possible to obtain (talk about preying on the poor!). The high and almighty viewpoint of the GOP in this regard is really quite pathetic and hypocritical at the very least. That's what people are revolting against and voting Democratic again.

    October 3, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. Wilson

    The average national unemployment rate in the previous administration was 5.2 percent. The average in Mr. Obama's presidency is 9 percent. The budget deficit totaled $1.18 trillion over the last four years of George W. Bush's presidency. Mr. Obama's four deficits have added $5 trillion to the national debt. When Mr. Obama was sworn into office on Inauguration Day 2009, regular gas was selling for about $1.90 a gallon. Today, under Mr. Obama's energy policies, it is approaching $4 a gallon. Mr. Obama says that 'we're making progress.' This is the 'new normal.' We're moving forward, not backward. Just what kind of Orwellian compass is he using? In his '60 Minutes' interview, Mr. Obama kept falling back on his excuse that he 'inherited' an economy that was in a deep recession. Ronald Reagan inherited a deeper one where the unemployment rose to 10.8 percent. Four years later, when he ran for re-election, the economy was expanding at 6.3 percent, the jobless rate was about 7 percent and he won re-election by 49 states to 1. Mr. Obama lamely insists things would be better but for the House Republicans. But Reagan faced a Democrat-controlled House and it gave him the across-the-board tax cuts that got our economy moving again.

    October 3, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "TRENDING: How #ladyparts went viral"

    I'll tell you how ladyparts end up viral: if we let religious zealots dictate that our children not be taught about contraception.

    October 3, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Gerg

    dave....wha-wha-what! Certainly 50% of abortions end in female deaths - about 50% of fetuses are female! No way, otherrwise, 50% of abortions end in the death of the mother - that certainly would be news. "Akin" must be providing your health education. This "news" just underscores the archaic and medieveal thinking going on within teh GOP and ultra-conservatives in general. Now that is truly scary.

    October 3, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Wilson

    For Obama, government is the thing we all belong to, the thing that 'made this country great.' Four more years of Obama will not make this country great, but it will ensure that we belong to government to an unimaginable extent. Obama's message is: 'You and everything you own belong to me.'

    October 3, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "Republicans want a government so small it can fit inside "lady parts.""

    That makes sense actually, since they pretty much think they have the divine right to dictate and control what goes in, what's already in and what comes out of ladyparts.

    October 3, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Sniffit

    "A five month fetus in a uterus can be killed. A five month fetus in an incubator cannot be killed. Explain'

    Are your fingers broken? Go read Roe v. Wade if you want to understand the balancing of interests and rights that the SCOTUS discussed. It's not our job to educate you. Nor is it our job to manufacture some explanation that's different than the one in Roe v. Wade just beacuse yuo decided you don't agree with that one.

    October 3, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. Jim

    When women sit around and talk about their private parts, they're erudite. When men do it, we're juvenile.

    October 3, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. oliverandmaggie

    Really? Lady Parts? Just how far will the Democratic party go? Is it necessary to demean people that disagree with your views? Women care about many things – not just their 'lady parts'

    October 3, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Skeeve

    "over 50% of abortions end in the death of a female."

    Wow... what a unique piece of nonsense

    October 3, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. PandoraDoggl

    I find it to be a shame that so many women are so self-centered and dismissive of the lives of the unborn that they could possibly think that anyone cares about their lady parts.

    October 3, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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