Many parents and children alike dread the day of the infamous “talk.” The one that discusses the birds and the bees, aka, sex. Some parents dread it so much that they rely on the educational system to do it for them. However, the problem is, according to an article on CNN, only 22 states are required to teach sex ed, and out of those 22 only 13 are required to teach medically accurate information. Insert celebrities Whitney Cummings, Jessica Biel, and Joy Bryant, who in a partnership with WomanCare global and Funny Or Die, have created a humorous set of videos part of a campaign titled “If you don’t tell them who will?”
The campaign takes a “no topic is off limits” approach to reproductive and women’s health in order to further educate teens and women alike. The campaign uses celebrities, as well as teenagers to educate on sexual issues such as contraceptives, “real sex,” and STDs. Although shocking, the videos aim to educate and dispel certain myths and misconceptions regarding sexual health.
A huge part of these videos include “shock value.” For example, in one video Biel, Bryant, and Cummings discuss IUDs and whether they can make you more likely to get struck by lightning, thus creating a “super vagina.” In another, Biel discusses how it is a pain to swallow the pill, and how she should have just been “swallowing all along.” Although humorous, the videos highlight the lack of knowledge about reproductive issues and contraceptives.
The videos also joke about humorous misconceptions and sexual practices, and then show how they are wrong. In one video, while discussing condoms, Cummings jokes how men buy condoms that are too big whereas they should be buying condoms that are too small so they make their penis look larger. Bryant jokes about a condom falling off and her later coughing it up, at which Cummings jokes about it being a trick for children at parties. At the end of each video a real fact is displayed. In this case it is pointed out that using the wrong sized condom can lead to unwanted pregnancies and STDs, and that this would not be a good idea for entertainment for children.
Although the president of WomanCare Global, Saundra Pelletier, has come under attack because she is also the CEO of a biotech company that makes contraceptives, the movement has gained much support and an overwhelming number of responses. The goal of the campaign is to educate, because as Pelletier explains, “the right information will make you powerful.”
The videos can be found on Funnyordie.com