You may remember Rebecca Carton from her wildly popular Smile video, where she took on street harassment in her very snarky and hilarious way. The producer, writer and actor is back with her latest… The Inseminette, a parody of ABC’s The Bachelorette, that “plays out inside a uterus the moments following a successful… insemination.”
Following the “insemination” a cast of eligible sperm vie for the affection of their one true love – a woman in an egg suit. Yes, she goes there!
Humor aside, we connected with Rebecca to learn more about what drove her to write the sketch…
When I was first toying around with the idea of writing a parody of The Bachelorette that takes place inside of a uterus, I was mainly driven by the desire to create something goofy, bizarre and a little bit provocative. However, as I journeyed through the process of having a concept, to writing out that concept with collaborator Liliana Tandon (creator of the Period Piece series), I realized that this particular video, at some point, had begun to take on a life of its own.
It began to embody some pretty fundamental beliefs of mine and issues that I am interested in exploring through my filmmaking. I started to realize that I had, almost subconsciously, produced a very bright, cotton-candy-colored, quick-paced and goofy backdrop in order for me to provide a more palatable and safe space to explore often controversial or uncomfortable subject matters.
How often do you see a comedy video that takes place inside a vagina? How often do we openly talk about, laugh about and get comfortable with the vagina? The vagina has always either been explored through an oversexualized lens or through a very fragile and protected lens. It’s rarely just talked about or treated as a normal, natural, healthy part of the female anatomy.
This piece has many layers to it, but one of the larger efforts of this video is to normalize the female anatomy and female sexuality and normalize the concept that just as every other living being in the world is responsible for and fully owns their own bodies so should that same basic fundamental right be given to all women around the world.
The hope is that one-day as people continue to communicate and be exposed to more perspectives, when the old and tired concepts have been replaced by more nuanced and thoughtful ones, that women and their bodies won’t be a source of debate and women will be left alone to be fully in control of their own bodies. That is the hope. In the meantime, I will continue writing and producing strange, quirky, uncomfortable but usually funny video content.
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