Woman Asks for Female Nurse During Sensitive Exam, Gets Social Justice Instead


Can a society “progress” too far? For one UK woman, the answer is a resounding, “Yes.” She learned the hard way that when a society champions itself as “progressive,” there are serious consequences. And those consequences can backfire at any given moment.

One woman went in for a very private and personal cervical smear test and specifically asked for a female NHS nurse to administer the exam. What she got, however, was something else entirely.

According to the Times, the woman said she was “embarrassed and distressed” when a man with “a deep voice summoned her for the intimate procedure.”

She explained that the nurse “had an obviously male appearance … close-cropped hair, a … large number of tattoos and facial stubble.”

The patient then voiced her concern and expressed there must have been some mistake. The nurse, however, let her know there was no mistake. “My gender is not male,” he said. “I’m a transsexual.”

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Of course, the woman decided not to proceed with the exam.

The woman told the Times it was “weird where somebody says to you: ‘My gender is not male’ and you think: ‘Well, what does that even mean? You are clearly a man.’”

The patient then sent an official letter to complain about the situation. She wrote, “People who are not comfortable about this are presented as bigots and this is … kind of how I was made to feel about it.”

The NHS sent a formal apology to the woman. “We apologized to this patient for the recording error and because the staff member accepted they didn’t manage the situation appropriately; the patient needed to feel listened to. Trust policy is to consider seriously all requests for clinicians of a particular gender.”

This incident, however, raises broader concerns as the UK’s governing Conservative Party is considering proposals which would allow people to legally change their gender without a doctor’s diagnosis.

Opponents of the legislation argue that allowing people to change their gender whenever they so desire would make instances like the one mentioned above more common.

“Politicians have not thought through all the implications of allowing self-certification,” said James Caspian, a psychotherapist who specializes in working with transgender people. He also explained that these situations would occur more often if “self-certification went ahead.”

He’s absolutely right.

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Issues are bound to arise when you allow people to dictate their gender on a whim. This case is a prime example of such consequences.

Sadly, though, these types of complaints may soon be commonplace. And those who do not accommodate requests like the one mentioned in this article? Accusations of “hate crimes” or at the very least “hate speech” will likely become commonplace as well.

So, can a “progressive” society progress too far? Absolutely. And unfortunately it doesn’t seem as if anyone is stepping on the breaks.

H/T Breitbart

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