Wednesday 15 July 2015

The Scandal of the Doctors Who Upload Selfies Taken Next to Women's Vaginas During Childbirth

"Lady I can deliver your baby but first let me take a selfie," said smooth-talking Venezuelan student obstetrician Daniel Sanchez on his Instagram page lastWEEK. In the accompanying picture he smirks at the camera while a woman, naked from the waist down, gives birth behind him. Another obstetrician's fingers are still in, or around, her vagina as the baby's head is born.

Sanchez (who has since set his Instagram account to private) went on to boast that his team "bring kids into the world and reconstruct pussies", claiming their skills are such that women (and implicitly their partners) can look forward to being "brand new, like a car with zero kilometres on the clock". How splendid, say the image's 31 likers. Unfortunately for Sanchez more than 4,000 people, who've signed a petition calling for disciplinary action to be taken against him, think it's lessACCEPTABLE.
In an emailEXCHANGE with the petition's creator (Jesusa Ricoy of the Roses Revolution, a global movement against obstetric violence) Sanchez has apologised for any offence while denying taking the picture himself. He carefully mansplains to us all that the woman in question is respected because "you cannot see her genitals or her face" and assures that she gave consent. He's also keen to make it known that he is one of the most empathetic students in the team and that women often request that he specifically performs their vaginal examinations, saying, "doctor hagame el tacto usted que es mas delicado" (DOCTOR you touch me because you are more gentle").

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