Since you're so dependent on anecdotal evidence, here's some more: I really think that men are in fact not empowered to have knowledge of their own bodies, but that women are. I have never met a man who was up on his genitals, prostate, moles, etc. in the way that I am about my breast & genitals. I think that my yearly exams aid me in knowing about my body, just as others here have pointed out. I do not see it as abuse by the medical industry to go yearly (well now, every three years) to my CNM who I know and have a relationship with. In terms of birth, I can see the argument, which is why I birth at home - I don't want to be abused by the medical industry, but for pap smears? No way. I am not interested in dying of cancer or having a hysterectomy that could have been easily prevented. Thanks anyway for this shot at "empowerment", but I find your argument to be severely deficient in that arena.
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8/26/05 at 4:38pm