Stephen Colbert


Colbert’s Spin On Free Contraceptives And Breast Pumps

To get you in the mood for the weekend, here’s another inspired Stephen Colbert video. This time he’s targeting the Obama administration’s new mandate that private insurers cover preventative health services for women, like contraceptives, breast pumps and lactation support.

Again, thanks to Our Bodies Our Blog for noting this clip in a recent post, which reports that news of the new health coverage mandate “rankled some conservatives:”

Take, for instance, Sandy Rios, a FOX News contributor and vice president of the Family-PAC Federal, a conservative political action committee, who likened women’s health needs to beauty services: ”We’re $14 trillion in debt and now we’re going to cover birth control, breast pumps, counseling for abuse? Are we going to do pedicures and manicures as well?”

[Colbert responds with equal outrage] for instance, he notes that “a woman’s health decisions are a private matter between her priest and her husband,” and insurance companies should be in the business of covering only “necessary medical expenses — like boner pills.”

Must-See Video: Colbert Send-Up Of Summer’s Eve Ads

Really, there are no words to characterize this video of Stephen Colbert marveling over ads for feminine “wash” products featuring vaginal puppeteering (and suggesting his own male-only version). “Warning: What you are about to see, you can’t un-see,” Colbert says, introducing the Summer’s Eve douche commercials, which also target African-American and Latina women in cringe-inducing fashion.

Thanks to Our Bodies Our Blog for highlighting this unbelievable ad campaign and for the group’s unwavering opposition (1970 and counting…) to the marketing of special vaginal cleansers. “The vagina is very good at cleaning itself,” Our Bodies Our Blog notes. “So if Summer’s Eve really believed in its tagline, “Hail to the V,” it would leave our vaginas alone.”