It might seem a little strange for me to question an odd topic like the practice of gynecology on here a few times:
http://agalltyr.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/a-pelvic-exam-is-rape/ (A Pelvic Exam Is Rape)
http://agalltyr.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/innocence-lost/ (Innocence Lost)
but it might not seem so strange to question the TSA’s security procedures. Well, there’s a connection between the two. They’re both situations in which people are subjugated and dehumanized, and it has apparently also occurred to some people across the web that the procedures of the TSA are much less invasive than the procedures of a gynecologist, and since so many women submit to gynecologists on a regular basis, they seem to think it should be no problem for everyone to submit to the TSA. I find this to be a dangerous trend.
Here are three such comments:
You can opt out entirely by not flying, and if you *really* thought this was sexual assault, anywhere near anything like a rape, you wouldn’t fly. This isn’t sexual assault any more than a woman getting a pelvic exam is sexual assault. Plenty of women do that even though they don’t like it because they’ve decided the benefits outweigh the downsides. It’s the same here.
It’s called a pelvic exam, and your wives, sisters, mothers and girlfriends have been enduring these for years.
So excuse me if I roll my eyes at the thought of your trauma if some TSA guy’s fingers brush your testicles as he runs his hand up your leg looking for a patch of, say, plastic explosive taped to your inner thigh.
A million people surrendering to abuse threatens the freedom of us all.