Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 - Gabriel Films and Smith&Nasht
Australia's Got Balls! World Vasectomy Day
Australian men are being asked to put their balls on the line to save the planet as part of a global campaign to encourage vasectomy.
Organisers of the inaugural World Vasectomy Day (WVD) are seeking men from around Australia to have their snip performed at RiAus (the Royal Institution of Australia), on camera and live-streamed online to a global audience, in the world’s first vasectomy-athon.
WVD is the largest male-oriented global family planning event ever, taking place on October 18, 2013. The goal is to have 1,000 vasectomies performed across 25 countries in 24 hours.
However, this is not just a call out to men but a call out to women as well, to encourage their partners to sign up.
“It’s not only men who benefit from a vasectomy but women who no longer have to take pills or use an IUD or worry about possible unintended pregnancy. So this is very much a call out to women to encourage their men, as much as it is directly to men. Only together can we overcome our antiquated ideas about virility,” says Dr Doug Stein the cofounder of WVD.
Dr Stein, the world’s most prolific vasectomist, is the star of a new international documentary THE VASECTOMIST - about a US doctor’s quixotic journey around the world to get men involved in family planning. Produced by Smith&Nasht and Gabriel Films, the documentary will be broadcast in Australia on SBS close to WVD, and around the world by international broadcasters CBC (Canada), DR (Denmark) and VPRO (The Netherlands).
The flagship event of WVD will be the live vasectomies performed in front of invited experts and a live studio audience, webcast from RiAus in Adelaide. The 15 minute medical procedures will be performed by Dr Stein alongside his Australian ‘vasectomy brother’, Dr Nick Demediuk (aka Dr Snip).
Men around Australia, willing to travel at their own expense to Adelaide, can register to receive a free vasectomy as part of the webcast event. Men unable to travel to Adelaide can also register their interest to participate in WVD. Doctors in other locations around Australia are being asked to donate their time to the campaign and a series of WVD doctors’ rooms will be set up for this purpose.
Individuals who would like to contribute to WVD’s success but are not necessarily in the market for a vasectomy, can contribute to the WVD online fundraiser here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/world-vasectomy-day.
WVD founder and filmmaker Jonathan Stack made his contribution to the campaign by having his own vasectomy performed before the camera while filming THE VASECTOMIST.
“We’ve started an online CROWD FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN to launch World Vasectomy Day. Help us achieve unparalleled success by joining forces and spreading the word about this amazing event,” says Stack.
And while a key aim of WVD is to draw attention to the role vasectomy can play in helping to prevent unintended pregnancies for the benefit of the planet, Stack emphasises the vasectomy option is only viable if it serves a man’s personal needs as well.
“My biggest fear about getting a vasectomy was the idea of loss of libido or potency neither of which I would have sacrificed even for Mother Earth. The reality is, sex without fear of pregnancy is liberating and therefore much more pleasurable. There’s nothing manly or sexy about creating an unintended pregnancy. Vasectomy is a win for yourself, for your family and for the world,” Stack says.
Registration for WVD follows the full due process according to Australian medical standards for all men wishing to have their vasectomy performed. From today, men have until September 12, 2013 to register their interest via an online sign up form available directly from http://worldvasectomyday.org or http://www.thevasectomist.net/registerforwvd
WVD is produced by Jonathan Stack’s New York-based Gabriel Films and Simon Nasht’s Sydney-based Smith&Nasht – both media production companies are focused on social issue storytelling.
For all media enquiries and interviews contact:
Ruth Cross (Producer)
+61 435 556 339
Gabriel Films and Smith&Nasht
Gabriel Films is a documentary production company founded by Jonathan Stack in 1991. Smith&Nasht is an Australian media venture formed in 2011 as a partnership between philanthropist and entrepreneur Dick Smith and filmmaker Simon Nasht. Both companies focus on social issue storytelling.
Ruth Cross - Producer
P: +61 435 556 339
World Vasectomy Day, national callout