Julia: A paean to subservience in the Hubby State?

posted at 4:16 pm on May 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

You’ve come a long way, baby.  The old advertising motto that targeted women who thought of themselves as liberated in the 1970s came with no small measure of irony, since the point of the ad was to get women hooked on Virginia Slims cigarettes.  Jessica Gavora sees a similar kind of irony in the Barack Obama campaign’s rollout of “Julia,” their composite woman who lives her 67-year life under the beneficence of the Obama presidency.  Gavora argues that Obama wants to create not just a nanny state but a Hubby State, in which women marry the federal government — a far from liberating existence:

“The Life of Julia,” the Obama campaign’s new interactive Web ad, follows a cartoon everywoman, Julia, through the milestones of a middle-class American life: education, work, motherhood, retirement. One milestone is pointedly missing: marriage.

But, then again, why should Julia get married? She doesn’t need to. Like a growing number of single women with children, Julia is married to the state.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in this rather creepy slide from the Life of Julia presentation:

Note that there is no mention of a husband, or even a father, biological or involved.  In the entire slide series, Julia never gets married, and indeed except for one single reference to having sex, is never shown as being with a man at all.  Her son shows up in just one slide, and is never mentioned again after the slide shows Julia handing Zachary off to the Nanny State:

Zachary then disappears from Julia’s life.  Meanwhile, Julia continues her lifelong reliance on the Hubby State, through to her 67th year, at which the Life of Julia comes to an abrupt end.

Gavora warns that women are selling themselves into bondage, and this time on the cheap:

Julia is just the latest makeover. She is the Democrats’ answer to Romney’s family Christmas card. A nation of women on their own, after all, doesn’t relate very well to fecund portraits of smiling white moms and dads with kids and golden retrievers underfoot. With her spare, faceless affect, Julia is meant to evoke a more modern, independent sensibility — with the exception of her life of endless government dependency, that is.

Julia is Mary Tyler Moore on the government’s dime. You’re gonna make it after all, Julia! Just remember who’s responsible on Election Day.

The problem is, like so much of our political rhetoric, Julia is not a composite; she’s a myth. Some of the nation’s single moms may be successful Web designers, but many are poor — fully half have incomes of less than $30,000 a year, compared with just 15 percent of married women. It’s not Pell grants and SBA loans these women rely on but Medicaid and food stamps. And it’s not comfortable retirements in community gardens they contemplate but bleak old age.

Whereas government benefits were once the state’s compassionate response to women who had lost their husbands, in Julia’s world they are the unquestionable entitlement of women who never married. The decline of marriage and Democratic political opportunism have combined to transform what used to be a situation to be avoided — single motherhood — into a new and proud American demographic, citizens of Obama’s Hubby State.

Gone is any acknowledgment that remaining single is a less than ideal situation for women — or for men, for that matter — or that raising children outside of marriage is anything less than these women’s inalienable personal choice.

The bleak, lonely existence of Julia is a warning to voters.  This is the Brave New World that Obama envisions for all of us — dependent on government instead of real families, children who all but become wards of the state and are nothing more than optional accessories that are easily discarded when appropriate.  This could be the bleakest political vision ever deliberately constructed as an argument to vote for someone.

 


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Every time I revisit that Julia slide show it gets creepier.

forest on May 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Oh, and they have no eyes and mouth either. Just right for 0bama’s caterpillar followers.

pedestrian on May 12, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Jessica Gavora’s article, taken in combination with the Obama Julia campaign and Charles Murry’s book COMING APART form the perfect trifecta of what is really wrong and really depressing about the direction of the country.

In Leftie World, the best thing a gay couple can do is get married and adopt or in-vitro a child; for the straights – well there is always Uncle Sam for the Gals and internet porn for the Guys.

Dependency and control – is this a great country or what?

Bruno Strozek on May 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

WOW!

Joey Goebbels is a little green with envy at that tripe.

jukin3 on May 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

NOW has all been for nothing.

PETA too – they approve of Obama’s dog-eating.

Lefties are sick and crazy.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Zachary then disappears from Julia’s life.

And appears in the cog-making-machine for the state called public schools.

“Just drop him off when he’s 5 and pick him up when he’s 17, Julia. And we’ll take care of the rest. We’re from the government and we’re here to help.”

Weight of Glory on May 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Ann Romney probably did something really strange, like pay for her own checkups. Hard to believe that’s even allowed anymore.

RBMN on May 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Stupid women deserve Obama’s disdain.

Smart women see through the charlatan he is.

He hates women and pretty much all, except himself.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

“This is the Brave New World that Obama envisions for all of us —…”

Don’t forget…

… in Julia’s world, we are $100 Trillion dollars in debt.

Seven Percent Solution on May 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

You’ve come a long way, baby. The old advertising motto that targeted women who thought of themselves as liberated in the 1970s came with no small measure of irony, since the point of the ad was to get women hooked on Virginia Slims cigarettes.

It was a pretty old fashioned trick bag for the 70s, Ed. Selling the newly bra-free woman on the 50s ideal of being both “slim” and “virginal” (thank you, pop-psych Subliminal Seduction).

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Next Obama will invent Joey and float free Viagra for him.

Watch for the next composite-crisis and fakery.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Her abrupt death at 67 was after an ObamaCare panel of bureaucrats decided that at her age it wouldn’t be cost effective to give her the medical care she needed to survive an unspecified condition.
Romney would leave it up to her if she wanted to live.

cartooner on May 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

On this Mothers Day weekend, Obama’s Misogynistic War On Women is an insult to everyone!

Ask Debbie Wassamatterwitherhair Schultz if this is the life she envisioned under Obama’s Socialistic Plan!

Kini on May 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Whatever happened to truth in advertising? That entire “Julia” add is a lie.

Ditkaca on May 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Next Obama will invent composite Joey and float free V*ag*a for him.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM

No idea why I quoted that, sorry.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Many women (and men) are abdicating their responsibilities to government.

CW on May 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Evidently the sex was done under President Obama as well.

sanclemman on May 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Every time I revisit that Julia slide show it gets creepier.

forest on May 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

The slides communicate more than the actual words: The people have no eyes (soulless). Life is incredibly flat and 2 dimensional. Each person is drawn with as little detail as possible to heighten conformity and decrease any sense of individually. There is no expression on any individual’s face; you can’t tell if anyone is happy, or sad. The only thing that matters is the “program”. In other words, this story is told from the vantage point of the detached, cold, callous bureaucrat who condescends long enough to tell you what’s good for you, but not long enough to know anything about you and your life. You’re not Sally or Tiffany or Jamie or Rebecca. You’re “JULIA”.

Weight of Glory on May 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Gavora argues that Obama wants to create not just a nanny state but a Hubby State, in which women marry the federal government — a far from liberating existence

Pay your taxes like a good obedient wife.

And while you’re up, make me a sammich.

RINO in Name Only on May 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Out: “I am woman. Hear me roar…”

In: “I am Julia. Hear me whine…”

And, for those who didn’t see it the first time that I posted it:

Picture of the Day: “Hi, My Name Is Julia!”

Resist We Much on May 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Women, the world over, wake up.

This is what Obama stands for.

He and Hillary never voiced disagreement with the new shariah against women, signed by Karzai and the Taliban.

Europeans, you s/b shamed of Obama.

Women, you should hate and despise this man.

Libertarians, freedom, equality and human rights lovers, you should detest Obama.

Wake up media.

Name one people, especially women, who are free or freer due to Obama, I triple dare you.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

In the mind of the Left, repealing Obamacare means repealing health care itself. This is actually how they think. Trust me, I’m in one of the bluest areas in the country.

Economic illiteracy is the foundation of the modern Left.

visions on May 12, 2012 at 4:50 PM

The sick story of Julia (and the demented idea behind it) have to be one of the biggest epic fails of this subversive administration.

The faceless slave of a welfare state who is dependent on the government for life. No motivation to have anything but what The State can give her. Not even a husband.

Truly disturbing and dangerous.

Philly on May 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Eleanor Rigby

or Eleanor Clift, but not Eleanor Roosevelt. She would wholeheartedly disapprove of the lillies of today.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Weight of Glory on May 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

And from their point of view…

… they are always looking “Left”.

Seven Percent Solution on May 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

And from their point of view…

… they are always looking “Left”.

Seven Percent Solution on May 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Good point.

Weight of Glory on May 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Why didn’t Julia get free contraception like Sandra Fluke?

Khun Joe on May 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Big fat lies from one who’s always been a leftie.

WASHINGTON – Betty White says she usually keeps her political views private but in this presidential election strongly favours one candidate.

As the 90-year-old actress prepares to visit the Smithsonian Institution and National Zoo next week, White told The Associated Press she “very, very much favours” President Barack Obama in the election.

The “Golden Girls” star said Friday she is very bi-partisan and has stayed away from politics her whole life. She usually never says who she is for or against because she doesn’t want to turn off any of her fans.

White says in this year’s election, she likes what Obama has done and “how he represents us.”

Her comments come after Hollywood turned out at George Clooney’s home to raise $15 million for Obama’s re-election, a record for a single fundraiser.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Interesting that the Hubby State replaces the heterosexual male as father & provider.

Since Obama prefers the company of women (e.g. “The View”), does not wish for his daughters to be “punished wit da baby”, and is all but openly mandating gay marriage, I can see that I’m just a square peg trying to fit in a pink triangle world. I’m willing to bet that deep within the bowels of ObamaCare are tax credits for both women who abort heterosexual males and those who carry to term genetically-encouraged homosexual males.

A Brave Fabulous New World, indeed.

SnarkySam on May 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

The Life of Julie

redridinghood on May 12, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Re: Betty White

I guess you don’t stop being a slutty foul-mouth socialist just because you’re 90 years old.

RBMN on May 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Why didn’t Julia get free contraception like Sandra Fluke?

Khun Joe on May 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

When she is 18,Julia’s name is drawn from a lottery, and she gets to be impregnated by a high ranking member of Obama’s politburo.
She is very thankful to Obama for this once in a lifetime opportunity , to serve her hubbyland. She reports to the hospital for the procedure . After the procedure she is given $ 40 , a box lunch and 2 lbs of rice and 1 quart of fat free milk,
then she is dropped by a rickshaw at her unit in the Obama provided housing. After the baby is born in Mooch’s hospital, Julia is told that the Mooch has decided that Julia does not need her
” tubes” anymore, so Obama graciously provides for the procedure of tying them up, plus another generous $ 40 and a coupon for a bar of chocolate , for Julia’s services to her hubbyland.
Julia doesn’t need anymore contraception, and she is issued a card to verify the same, valid for 5 years and renewable at any
Mooch hospital , for free.
What ?

burrata on May 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

… to her 67th year, at which the Life of Julia comes to an abrupt end.

.
But before the JEF took office, the life expectancy of women in the US was 80.
.
How is an abrupt end to life at 67 an improvement? That’s a 13 year decrease
.
.
… wait … ObamaCare … Death Panels …

Arbalest on May 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

WASHINGTON – Betty White says she usually keeps her political views private but in this presidential election strongly favours one candidate.

She usually never says who she is for or against because she doesn’t want to turn off any of her fans.

Heh. Too late now. I hope she gets a LOT of angry pushback from now-former-fans.

White says in this year’s election, she likes what Obama has done and “how he represents us.”

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Let’s review, shall we?
What SippyCup has…ahem…”done”:
* More debt
* Flat economy
* More unemployment
* Higher gas prices
* Fewer religious liberties (except Muslims, of course)
* OWS
* Improved (maybe) his golf game

Now, let’s review how SippyCup represents us:
* Iran laughs at us
* Russia ignores us
* Poland hates us
* England hates us
* Israel doesn’t trust us
etc.

So yeah, Ms. White, your little Golden Calf-God/Man-Child is quite the Wonder of the World.
/s.

SnarkySam on May 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Zachary then disappears from Julia’s life

because poor little Zac is shipped off at age 14 to China and forced to assemble iPad 12′s to pay off debt, since there is no cash or private jobs left in Progressive States of America.

Wallythedog on May 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

note that Julia has no eyes and no mouth. She is not to see her dependency nor utter a peep against her captors. She is the ideal woman. Dependent, quiet and devoid of all purpose than that of state service.

Welcome to 1984

ted c on May 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

What happens when liberated Julia desires a divorce from her sugar daddy? To whom does she turn?……

ted c on May 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

note that Julia has no eyes and no mouth…

ted c on May 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Well, there is this portrait of Julia by Hot Gasser Immolate62.

de rigueur on May 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM

this is state worship. The State is divine. There is no God. There is only the State. Julia will be trained to rant against whomever the State deems an enemy–an Emmanuel Goldstein. She will be kept as an ignoramus working herself away at some job in the Ministry of Truth, minding the memory hole for the Party. She will have a menial job to which she will ride a light rail train back and forth from her non-descript and State provided flat apartment, devoid of color, individuality and purpose.

Welcome to your life, Julia.

ted c on May 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

We need to discourage single motherhood so that the Democrats don’t create an class with so much interest in government giving them things. The pro-life movement is part of the problem here.

thuja on May 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

VICTORY MANSIONS, where Winston lived, were old flats, built in 1930 or thereabouts, and were falling to pieces. The plaster flaked constantly from ceilings and walls, the pipes burst in every hard frost, the roof leaked whenever there was snow, the heating system was usually running at half steam when it was not closed down altogether from motives of economy. Repairs, except what you could do for yourself, had to be sanctioned by remote committees which were liable to hold up even the mending of a window-pane for two years.

The fabulous statistics continued to pour out of the telescreen. As compared with last year there was more food, more clothes, more houses, more furniture, more cooking-pots, more fuel, more ships, more helicopters, more books, more babies – more of everything except disease, crime and insanity. Year by year and minute by minute, everybody and everything was whizzing rapidly upwards. The only evidence to the contrary was the mute protest in your own bones, the instinctive feeling that the conditions you lived in were intolerable and that at some other time they must have been different.

ted c on May 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

In Fidel Castro’s Cuba children are only cared for by the parents. The state provides what they need to do that, which is not much, but at least their is powdered milk in the monthly food allowance. When they reach school age they become the states children. They are taught to tattle on anyone, even parents, who are doing something no allowed by the state. Most imporantly, they are taught that Castro is their father.

On another thought, poor Julia reached retirement age and since she had no further use or comfort to her husband, the death panels know what is best for her and of course she agrees since she would not want to take away the limited resources need for the younger people.

Franklyn on May 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Someone once described the old Soviet Union as not red, but dull gray. Julia is the new model of the soviet (socialist) woman.

tngmv on May 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Big fat lies from one who’s always been a leftie.

WASHINGTON – Betty White says she usually keeps her political views private but in this presidential election strongly favours one candidate.

As the 90-year-old actress prepares to visit the Smithsonian Institution and National Zoo next week, White told The Associated Press she “very, very much favours” President Barack Obama in the election.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Well, that explains why the folks over at icanhascheeseburger.com are such fans of BW. Used to read quite a bit of their humor, but given their obvious leftist leanings (abortion good, homosexuality and gay marriage good, religion bad), I read only a few of the captioned animals and fails.

AZfederalist on May 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

We need to discourage single motherhood so that the Democrats don’t create an class with so much interest in government giving them things. The pro-life movement is part of the problem here.

thuja on May 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Stop welfare and food-stamps and free WIC and free housing and free medicaland free foster care and free rehab and free incarceration and free public defenders and free cell phones and other financial incentives for breeding, immediately .
Make sure this is announced in English and spanish , on TV and Facebook.
Our financial woes will be over in less than 9 months.

burrata on May 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

The problem here is that way too many women (and others) want the government to take care of them from cradle to grave. Many are indoctrinated, some just prefer a responsibility free life. We see this all over Europe.

William Teach on May 12, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Under president Obama: Julia decides to have a child.

So at least O’bozo IS doing SOMETHING to delay social securities bankruptcy!!!

WryTrvllr on May 12, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Why didn’t Julia get free contraception like Sandra Fluke?

Khun Joe on May 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

because the state doesn’t have that whole decanter thing down yet.

WryTrvllr on May 12, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Julia handing her son to the state is very spooky. Socialist/communists typically separate children from parents. The state and become mother, father and family.

waitwaitdontsmellme on May 12, 2012 at 7:36 PM

While the Democrats claim the Republicans are waging a war against Blacks, gays, Latinos, and women, the truth is Democrats are waging a war against adults.

While they want you to be dependent upon them (because it helps them direct your lives, as well as get reelected), their actions are bad for you and the country. Their actions sap individual initiative, reduce happiness, and, in the long-run, bankrupt the country.

So rather than follow the Democratic path of dependence (and have to kiss Nancy Pelosi’s tuckus to get what I want), I’d rather follow the Republican path of independence (and have Nancy Pelosi kiss my tuckus to get what she wants).

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on May 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM

So rather than follow the Democratic path of dependence (and have to kiss Nancy Pelosi’s tuckus to get what I want), I’d rather follow the Republican path of independence (and have Nancy Pelosi kiss my tuckus to get what she wants).

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on May 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM

either way, a disturbing visual.

WryTrvllr on May 12, 2012 at 7:51 PM

never seen anything creepier than this in my life…it beats Aldous Huxley’s ‘Oh, Brave new world’….

jimver on May 12, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Ann Romney probably did something really strange, like pay for her own checkups. Hard to believe that’s even allowed anymore.
RBMN on May 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Actually, under Obamacare it’s not allowed. If the state says you can’t have that test, procedure or surgery, then you can’t. And, you can’t pay for it with your own money either. Yearly exams for women are about to become every 3 year tests. Want to pay to get the test more frequently? Too bad.

txhsmom on May 12, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Feminists give a wonderful choice: The patriarchy or the state. At least with the patriarchy it can be negotiated with.

kim roy on May 12, 2012 at 8:09 PM

…JugEars is doin’ Julia!

KOOLAID2 on May 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

The “Julia” presentation is disturbing… then I realized that someone had to think it up. I feel sorry for the person who thinks you need the government to have a life…

ajacksonian on May 12, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Julia Dependency 1-65737

affenhauer on May 12, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Why is there no black Julia?

BacaDog on May 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Why is there no black Julia?

BacaDog on May 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM

why pay for the same ground twice?

WryTrvllr on May 12, 2012 at 8:33 PM

…JugEars is doin’ Julia!

KOOLAID2 on May 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

dreams of his father

WryTrvllr on May 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM

This could be the bleakest political vision ever deliberately constructed as an argument to vote for someone.

We were never at war with Eurasia.

Theophile on May 12, 2012 at 9:13 PM

The most disturbing thing about this ‘julia’ is that obama and crew are actually trying to sell this to the public….as if it were a new concept and/or a wonderful idea.

It’s pure communistic crap. Anyone, I mean absolutely anyone that thinks obamas view is the way to go into the future really needs to just jump off a very tall building or cliff…..for the good of the many!

Wolfmoon on May 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM

creepy is being NICE to describe this.

TX-96 on May 13, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Why is there no black Julia?

BacaDog on May 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Obama’s world is a white world. He’s turned his back on working class blacks in favor of white urban pros, Colorado hikers, the gays gentrifying inner city blocks and art students. His color is only skin deep and a crispy drumstick wide.

jan3 on May 13, 2012 at 9:14 AM

This is what the Democrats did to black people. They could no longer enslave them on plantations, so they enslaved them to the state. And the results have been pretty disastrous to the black family.

kagai on May 13, 2012 at 9:45 AM

A perfect representaton of Statism. Human beings have no worth as individuals. The are merely cilents of the state.

Unspoken here is that if the state decides that certain individuals no longer have any value to the state, the state will dispose of them. After all it is the collective good that matters most.

Abortion. Euthanasia. IPAB. Take one for the team.

xrayiiis on May 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM

What’s not mentioned about Julia is that she has a sister Sara.

Sara rougly follows Julia’s trajectory but becomes a blogger instead of a website designer. She starts her own blogging business with “funding” provided by the government.

Sara is a little different though: against all odds, she maintains a streak of independence. One day she publishes something on her blog that offends the Central Committee. Abruptly, her “funding” from the government is cancelled, her student loans are called, her government mortgage on her government built home is foreclosed, and the Treasure Department and the new Civilian Security Force (CSF) begin their investigations of her. Julia also comes under investigation.

The stress makes Sara ill, so she goes to the government clinic, where she is inexplicably given a worse run-around than usual, finally being grudgingly given a soggy aspirin, but only after 3 days of filling out forms and waiting for decisions from the Medical Treatment Advisory Board.

Because Sara is not able to repay her $200,000 college loans, she is thrown in debtors prison (Gtmo has been repurposed, since all the former inmates there have been given American citizenship and government jobs for life as security advistors to the President for Life) where such traitors are kept 6 to a cell until they can pay their debts.

Julia, wishing to avoid the same fate, appears on numerous TV shows (the media being government controlled, as it is now) to denounce her sister and say how happy she is that Sara is receiving treatment for her illness, fully funded by Obamacare.

mr.blacksheep on May 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM

…JugEars is doin’ Julia!

KOOLAID2 on May 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Nah. Julia’s female.

Solaratov on May 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM

The NHS in Britain is spending $1m per week on repeat abortions for women who are using terminations as a form of free contraceptive:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2143936/NHS-spends-1m-week-repeat-abortions-Single-women-using-terminations-form-contraceptive.html

Sharke on May 13, 2012 at 7:53 PM