Where's My Dykes At?

Any lesbians in the house want to head on over to Queerty and explain that "[A poll of 500 Scottish women finding that 20% of lesbian and bisexual women in Scotland had deliberately harmed themselves in the last year and 5% had attempted suicide] also shows that the ladies aren't taking proper physical precautions, like getting tested for cervical cancer and the such. You would think lesbians would like that sort of thing" isn't funny?

You know, for a lot of women, a pelvic exam is a very stressful and unpleasant experience—and especially, but by no means exclusively, for survivors of sexual assault, it can be triggering and traumatic. Is that the "sort of thing" lesbians are supposed to enjoy?

And why, I wonder, is it that lesbians are supposed to enjoy pap smears more than bisexual and straight women? Are they only supposed to enjoy "that sort of thing" if they've got female doctors…?

Maybe it's because I'm only an honorary dyke, but I've never enjoyed a pap smear no matter who was doing it.

[H/T to Shaker Juliemania.]

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