Why must there be such a medical concept as gynecology (“womanology”)? Is there such a thing as andrology? Is there an andrologist men must visit from the time they are 15 years old or so? Must they get constant penile exams and medical treatment in order to “prepare” them for sex? (Should the sole definition of “normal sex” even be “penis into vagina” anyway, and does this create more sexual problems for women than men)? Is there a special department in every doctor’s office dedicated to fixing that broken male body, telling it how messed up it is, how unpredictable and self-destructing it can be? No. So why must women be reminded they are merely weaker, sicker versions of males?
Girls and women in our society do not realize it isn’t necessary to have your reproductive organs inspected on a regular basis. We are not so weak our bodies cannot maintain themselves. Girls are taught earlier and earlier they are faulty versions of males and that their bodies are potentially self-destructive and malfunctional. Girls who read about their first gyno visit and what to expect dread it and wonder how they’ll ever go through it without pushing the doctor across the room in fear and pain. Would you want someone shoving their hand in your vagina and around your pelvis? (This practice actually exposes women to risk, including that of needing a hysterectomy, according to Dr. Carolyn Westhoff). Would you want someone shoving a metal speculum in your vagina? Inserting another finger, often without asking, because, no matter that the particular woman on the table says it hurts, women’s vaginas are meant to be penetrated? Women’s aversion to exams isn’t proof they are too “sensitive”; it is proof the exams are invasive and unnatural. These “early visits” are simply conditioning girls for a lifelong endurance of unnecessary and interventionist “check ups” and prescriptions that terrify and inconvenience women. In fact, cervical cancer screening procedures, studies have shown, have not had any hand in decreasing cancer at all.
“Going to the gynecologist is a must. It’s not so bad, and you’ll be sorry if you don’t,”……say all the gynecologists. (They want to make money, of course they are saying this!) Is it on gynecologists’ “to do” list to screen girls for sexual abuse? No. Instead, are “personal safety, binge drinking, and date rape” (how to blame the victim 101!), birth control for regulating periods (because those periods are so wacky, and women should be like robots and have them at exactly the same time every month), and the benefits and safety of the HPV vaccine (because having PIV- penis in vagina- sex with men is an automatic must). Apparently, in the minds of these gynecologists, it’s out of the question their patient might be a lesbian, uninterested in sex, or not want PIV. The vaccine Gardasil is given to girls and young women to prevent them from having sex (PIV) related health problems. It is given to girls as young as 10, which means our society is aware that girls as young as ten are sexually active. Merck, the maker of Gardasil, is testing its products on girls inIndiabecause it is cheaper, and they often die because the vaccine is dangerous.
The goal of gynecology isn’t to further women’s health; it’s to make money off female gullibility and to normalize the constant surveillance of female bodies by male society. If it were really about women’s health, doctors would be inquiring about why women have worse health than men, not setting up special needs health genres for females, and they certainly wouldn’t be pushing drugs or vaccines as the answer to everything. It’s all about damage control- it’s about “fixing” women who don’t like sex or penetration for their husbands or partners. It’s about telling young girls to wear tampons so they can “get used to” having a penis forced into their vagina. It’s about telling women who hate penetration they have made-up conditions, like “vaginismus”, and fixing her so her boyfriend can be less disappointed, but not about telling him to leave her alone! Because, apparently, male pleasure is more important than female safety.
Why must women- and girls- experience such psychological humiliation and physical pain, just so doctors can reassure them their bodies are faulty versions of males’ and prepare them for PIV? Why must women who refuse to undergo these degrading exams be denied birth control, migraine medicine, and sometimes any care at all- even non-gyno related (and, in the case ofPoland, denied a job with certain companies)? Why are doctors’ profits and patriarchy’s fear of women’s bodies more important than keeping people healthy and safe? They are trying to desensitize girls so they have more compliant women in the future. We need to ignore gynecologists and refuse to go to any more exams, and instead, practice natural medicine with trusted healers so we can finally be healthy and happy!