Journo Takes on Doc’s Obsession with Titties and Twatties

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Men shouldn’t have to worry about HPV – the virus that causes cervical cancer in women and, according to sappho-journo, Kelly Jean Cogswell, neither should she.

In a Gay City News piece entitled, “What’s Really Killing Dykes”, Cogswell takes a stab at the medical profession’s obsession with pap smears and breast exams. Sure, some of you men may not really care about lesbian health, but even the biggest lesbian hater can’t resist such wonderful prose as this:

If health providers want to be useful to the dyke community, they’ll dump their tits-and-twat health care model, and focus on what really kills us. Like coronaries. And smoking… I know it’s 2007, and we’re supposed to pretend we’re all liberated and bendy, and okay with strangers having their hands up our twats, but I’d rather let Torquemada loose on my toenails.

Cogswell goes on to say that doctors and the media make HPV out to be the baddest of the baddies, but there are plenty of other malevolent maladies:

Check out the women’s mortality charts listed on the Mayo Clinic Web site, and you’ll find cervical cancer isn’t even mentioned.

Heart attacks kill 489,000 women in the U.S. each year. Cancers are all lumped together at the deadly number two spot with lung cancer alone knocking off 73,000 women.

Breast cancer gets a mere 40,000. It’s colorectal third at 28,000, and cervical isn’t even on the list. You’ll die of kidney cancer first, and who ever checks for that?

We certainly don’t, but we’ll be sure to keep our peepers peeled.

If you’re into Kelly’s brand of journalism, head on over to her blog. It’s totally lesbianic and totally boffo.