Funny or Die's Women's Health "Experts" Video: Hilarious Yet Depressingly Accurate

It's a shitty time to have a uterus, especially if you don't want the government telling you what to do with it. Since we'd rather laugh than cry, check out this spot-on video from the folks at Funny or Die, featuring eight middle-aged men giving their "expert" opinions on women's reproductive health.


Transcript available here!

How sad is it that some of the more outrageous lines in here are real quotes from Republican presidential candidates? It doesn't make the sentiments about women's health and putting aspirin between our knees (still confusing, by the way) any less terrifying/terrible, but at least this bullshit goes down easier when Nick Offerman and Tim Meadows say it. Maybe we can get these guys to read transcripts of all of the Republican debates?

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We need to speak with purpose not sarcasm!

I appreciate these men for standing up for women's reproductive rights and demonstrating the ignorant chauvinism of the "expert panel." However, I feel like this video is counterproductive to the plight of women. If we want to promote women's reproductive rights, we should be doing just that. We should not be mocking the opposition. When we do that, we perpetuate the stereotypes the "expert panel" espouses. When someone tells a racist joke with the intent of demonstrating the absurdity of the racist situation, that person is still presenting that racist philosophy with some degree of truth. Basically, we should not be making light of serious issues. We need to speak with purpose not sarcasm.

Re: We need to speak with purpose not sarcasm!

I completely disagree. Often satire is one of the most effective ways to expose the absurdity and prejudice in a view presented as truth.

I disagree - as do people who study these tactics for a living

Humour is a highly effective way of making your point. For a better explanation than I can provide, watch this TED presentation on the topic

http://www.ted.com/talks/chris_bliss_comedy_is_translation.html

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can't have it both ways

Very funny video. A few points. . .

1. Agree. This sarcastic attack (also Amy Poehler's SNL skit from last week) is too easy. Nobody seems to be asking WHY these men are saying these things or WHAT the world will be like when women lose control of their family planning options. I'd love to see an hilarious mocumentary about a world without birth control (that doesn't just rely on that tired old trope about overpopulation), or a fake news report about increases in the sale of vibrators amongst Catholic health care workers (are you reading this, Onion?).

2. We can't keep asking our men to be more educated about our bodies and to play integral roles in family planning and disease control in one breath (ok, that was maybe two breaths) and then say they can't talk about birth control because they are men in the next breath.

3. I miss Corey Stoll's mustache.

4. Did I actually ever think Judd Nelson was hot?

yes, we can (pardon the pun)

Speaking with only purpose is more often than not portrayed in manners that give fodder to the right-wing media punditry to attack us and call us out by negative stereotypes. Examples: Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Maggie Gallagher, anyone representing the Concerned Women of America, and other like-minded ilk, all of them are NOT for reproductive rights AT ALL.

In fact, Rush Limbaugh recently called out the student who testified before congress on birth control last week as a slut and a prostitute. Negative shaming and stereotyping of women who use birth control cannot get any worse when the reality is that straight, cis, hetronormative man/woman married couples are the ones that use birth control the most.

Don't get me wrong. As a single cis, heteronormative woman who feels strongly that she morally chose not to have children, I take birth control seriously. But "beating the bully pulpit" as the only purpose of getting the message accross can, unfortunately, be more counterproductive and harmful than productive and effective at making change.

As someone who has used humor and laughter to help heal from some serious real-life traumas that I have experienced, I found this video very funny, very much the mark and yes, I am saying it, probably better than what many pro-choice activists say every day. My advice on better, more effective activism? Get at least some sense of humor.

I don't know that anyone is

I don't know that anyone is saying that men can't talk about birth control. It's probably a very good thing from discussions of birth control to go on in every relationship. What I think is being said is women need to be included prominently in policy discussions that are primarily about women's bodies and politicians and religious leaders should not be passing themselves off as experts on women's bodies.

To me, this was hilarious

To me, this was hilarious (and I felt better after a good laugh) and part of a good start. I think any serious issue asks us to bring a diversity of tactics to address it, and this one - and humour in general - I think can help. It doesn't go all the way, but probably no single intervention could or should.

Thinking that having a uterus

Thinking that having a uterus makes you more knowledgeable about reproductive health is like thinking that being a marathon runner makes you an expert in physiatry. It would seem, by this logic, that we ought to find the woman who has had the most children and ask her opinion. If that sounds absurd, good.

You know, that makes a lot of

You know, that makes a lot of sense. It's a shame there are no female medical practitioners, such as gynecologists or OB/GYNs in the U.S. who could be called upon to weigh in on this matter. Let's face it ladies, we just don't have anyone trained in reproductive health who also happens to have a uterus to speak up on our behalf.

You're still saying that

You're still saying that having a uterus is a boon, an assertion with which I happen to disagree. Maybe you've menstruated, maybe you've experienced menopause. For my money, that's nothing compared to the work any OB/GYN does. I completely understand wondering why, out of five men (if we're deciding not to count the other panel that included two women) there wasn't a place for a woman, but I fully believe it's possible for the five smartest women's health specialists in the country to be men, just as I believe it's possible for the five best men's health professionals to be female.

I got the original analogy from a logic textbook that explained that a scientist who could explain exactly how muscles work isn't automatically capable of running a marathon, just like a marathon runner usually can't explain the science behind what he does.

Nice derailing attempt

You seem to be ignoring the fact that none of those legislators or the religious leaders at the congressional hearing had any medical background either.

That's the whole point of this, really. People who have no background in medicine shouldn't be deciding what medical procedures patients - regardless of sex - can decide to do with their doctors.

But good job completely missing the point! Sounds like that logic textbook was a sound investment.

And now you're ignoring the

And now you're ignoring the fact that the purpose of that particular hearing was to determine whether religious organizations would have to provide contraception as part of their health insurance packages, not whether a woman had the right to acquire contraception.There's no reason why one would need to be a medical expert to say, "My religious beleifs prohibit me from aiding a person in using contraception such as the morning-after pill."

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And you're ignoring the fact that the entire hearing was the anti-birth control movement in miniature, which is what this video is lampooning. These cismen, who will never risk becoming pregnant and who do not suffer from various ailments such as PCOS which require hormonal birth control to regulate the symptoms are being called to testify about what they consider appropriate medical care to be for women.

That's what this is about, at the end of the day, that's what these so-called conscience objectors are really talking about, they want the right to control women's health care and their bodies based on their own moral biases and they feel they can do that because they have never and will never have to worry about taking birth control to prevent an unwanted pregnancy or for other reasons of health. The fact that women, or, to be fair, individuals who have uteruses, were not being included in this debate is a huge problem because we're the ones this legislation is going to have the most impact on.

Do you honestly not see the problem with this entire debate?

And if I understand correctly

And if I understand correctly a large part of the debate hinges on whether or not birth control (particularly hormonal contraceptive) is not a part of preventive care. That is a question to be answered by health care professionals (It has been. It is.). Politicians and religious experts shouldn't be able to decide that something they disapprove of is not preventive care.

This gives me an idea...

That line about women who "get angry about us making all these decisions" just being on their periods gave me an idea.

As a woman who takes the pill in order to ease cramps and PMS symptoms, I personally volunteer to go off the pill and spend the week (actually it could be 8 days without the pill) of my period with any politician who has a problem with oral contraception.

If they're still alive at the end of the week*, I suspect they'd happily give me my pills.

OK. Maybe not, but I'd still be willing to try.

*This is meant as a joke. I wouldn't kill/hurt anyone.

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It doesn't make the sentiments about women's health and putting aspirin between our knees (still confusing, by the way) any less terrifying/terrible, but at least this bullshit goes down easier when Nick Offerman and Tim Meadows say it teethwhiteninggel