Cervical Exams Or Lose Your Job?

Hopefully after reading this article, you’ll be offended. Now, I don’t hope that after people read what I write they get ticked off, but this is such a crazy story that I hope it gets some attention.

My friend Sarah posted a link to this story about how the Polish government is attempting to make pap smears mandatory. While the reason behind the government pushing for cervical smears is to help prevent cervical cancer (or catch it as early as possible) – and I admire this – mandatory gynecological exams? Really? I don’t care if they are free, I am really bothered by the fact that they’re mandatory. Instead, how about the government step up efforts to explain the importance of these exams, or even have special programs? Further, in Poland there is no push for men to undergo mandatory prostate exams (and the article notes that prostate cancer is more common than cervical cancer). If you are so inclined, the article has a link to a petition to sign to support the women who do not want this mandatory exam to be put into law.

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About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.

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    From what I understand, Poland is an incredibly difficult country when it comes to sexuality and gender. Their view of sex is extremely complex.
    I know a few guys who came to England in the last few years, two of whom came here to avoid the homophobia that they say is rife. But, they also say that gay sex is rife – just that men do not view a lot of male/male sexual activity as being indicative of sexuality (under specific circumstances).

    I think this goes a long way to explain their reluctance to even contemplate the mandatory prostate exam, or to even discuss it openly, while promoting a suggestion like this.

    It is a very masculine and, dare I say, sexist society. Their attitude in this instance doesn’t surprise me at all.

    Although, it does raise the issue of responsibility for the health of the individual. For instance, should a person be denied free medical treatment unless they comply with mandatory preventative measures? Should I be refused health care on the NHS if I choose to smoke?