“Really?” I was suddenly seething, defensive. I am a woman. I can’t help it. “Why is that? I am fully qualified to do a routine pelvic exam. It is an in and out, less than 2 minute process.”
Are you saying I am less capable as a female?
“Because it is unnatural for another woman to do a pelvic exam on another woman. Immoral.”
“Uh…. why?” What could be more natural than women helping other women? Admittedly, though, I was relieved. I relaxed a bit. I would rather someone questioned my moral footing than my skill, it would seem.
She shook her head disapprovingly. “Women just should not be looking at another woman’s lady bits…”
I have heard this argument over and over again through the years. Patients have the right to see whomever makes them feel comfortable, especially when it involves their “lady bits” and I am happy to oblige, but I have always been fascinated by this unnatural argument.
So, does gender matter to you? Why or why not? And fellas, I am not just asking pertaining to “lady bits” in case you want to chime in, too.