“How many fallopian tubes does a woman have?” asks comedian Tiffany Springle, wearing a bright purple dress, in the latest Roe v. video. Bros. “Wow! … What’s a Fallopian Tube?!” her male subject answers seriously. How do you use a tampon? What does PMS mean? Can pregnant women swim? How big is a human egg? From New York to Georgia, Springle questions men about female bodily experience, and the answers she gets expose a hidden fact: the sex education gap is very real.
Roe’s Intention vs. Bros, a video game series, is not about shaming or mocking the men who participate. Indeed, some of the members of the Roe v. Bros are actually dudes. The series was created by art director Ivan Blotta, writer Billy Custer and director, editor and producer Brian Neaman. Tracy Moore is the executive producer of the show, while comedian Springle has been brought in as host. The first episode, which asked men whether or not women can pee with a tampon, went live on Nov. 2, just days before the midterm elections.
And that timing wasn’t accidental. The conversation about reproductive care has only gotten louder in the wake of the Supreme Court overturn Roe versus Wade in June. Reduced access to abortion has meant that many reproductive decisions are no longer in the hands of the person with the uterus, but in the hands of lawmakers – often male legislators. This is what inspired the title of the video series.
“We wanted to show the hypocrisy of how little men know about women’s bodies, [even though] they’re the ones who vote and they’re the ones who make the decisions in government,” Custer tells Yahoo Life. “We had the idea for the game show and collaborated with Brian Neaman, who came up with the plan to put it on TikTok. We found Tiffany’s and within a week we were in Union Square Park [in New York City] and made it happen.”
Roe v. Bros quickly took off online, amassing 424,000 TikTok followers. On Instagram, the account has more than 148,000 followers, including stars like Sophia Bush and Amber Riley.
Roe v.’s TikTok video comments Bros show how much people love the content, if not also moaning about what men don’t love they know they don’t know.
“The confidence of these guys is what gets me,” one commenter wrote on the first video. “As if you know nothing but act as if you know everything.”
Another added, “I don’t blame men for not having the answers to these questions, but I do blame them for thinking we can still rule our bodies with so little knowledge lol.”
Neaman explains that the videos from Roe v. Bros wouldn’t be as funny if the questions were too difficult, stating that the perfect question is “something every woman knows the answer to, but guys might not know about.”
“It would be like, ‘Why are there different sizes of tampons?’ When my wife sent me to Duane Reade to buy tampons, I thought, ‘What does all this mean?’ I get that, but it’s not something I knew coming out of college,” she says.
As funny as it may be, there are reasons why men aren’t as knowledgeable about these matters as they should be. Sex education in the United States ranges from comprehensive to completely deficient, according to experts, and only 22 states require puberty education to be medically accurate. It’s no surprise, then, that many teens are also turning to TikTok for the education they don’t get in schools. Social stigma can also keep men from learning about things like menstruation from family and friends.
Roe v. Bros has refused to publicly take sides politically so they can be open to people across the political spectrum. In fact, that’s why Springle wears a purple suit, a mix of red and blue, to show that the issue of bodily autonomy is not a partisan issue, but a matter of human health.
The way Roe v. Bros is able to keep things civil, Springle explains, is by making sure that, as host, she doesn’t “shame or judge or create anyone as the butt of the joke.”
“This is really to see what a person knows,” he tells Yahoo Life. “We’re trying to strike up a civilized, light-hearted conversation about topics that are considered quite serious or taboo. If we can laugh together and then have a thoughtful and well-meaning conversation about it, I think that’s how we move forward.”
The response to the videos has been overwhelmingly positive. Custer says he’s proud that one of their latest videos received nearly 20,000 comments, most of which were “cordial talk.”
“People learn and communicate,” she says. “It’s very refreshing.”
Springle loves that viewers use the comments section of posts as a place for “knowledge sharing,” and says people are “willing to delve into” shared responses on screen to explain certain topics to people who may not understand.
“We have received some messages from parents showing these videos to their children to educate them,” she says. “They’re using these videos as an educational tool, which is pretty wild and promising.”
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