Sarah Silverman recently took to Twitter to express her disdain at her recent mammogram experience.
The comedian was having her annual mammogram — a vital part of women’s health — when she encountered a wildly uncomfortable situation.
Silverman told followers about how her radiologist touched her breasts with ungloved hands.
Not only that, he smeared the ultrasound gel on her breasts without any gloves and even dragged his fingers along her breasts while he used the ultrasound wand on her.
Here’s her post.
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I had a shitty time at my mammogram appt today. I have to get an ultrasound after my mammograms because I have dense breasts (insert joke here) and this radiologist — the same man I had last year — I do not like him and here is why: He opened my gown and put gel on my breasts and smeared it around with his bare hands. Then he started talking to me about my chest X-ray (I also got a chest X-Ray) and was pontificating with my boobs just out and covered in gel and cold and finally I said “Hey-can we either talk about this when I’m dressed or WHILE your doing the ultrasound? I’m not comfortable with my breasts out just shooting the shit with you” Okay so — he smears the gel on with his hands and NO GLOVES on and when he glides the ultrasound wand thing over my breasts he drags his fingers on them and it fucking bothers me. Again, AS I TOLD HIM LAST YEAR, I said “Hey! Do you need to be touching me with your fingers?” He said “No”. And he pulled them off of me. Then he added “I do that for balance.” I said “Well I believe in you and I think you can do with without your fingers on me” Look, I truly don’t think he was getting off on it, BUT it is his job to be aware that this is vulnerable for a woman. Wear fucking GLOVES – this isn’t a date. For him to be so arrogant that he didn’t even internalize the problem when I said something to him about it last year is obnoxious and probably a subconscious power thing if we’re getting deep. That was my last mammogram with this dude. Or any dude. Look. I’m a grown woman and I’m fine. But this guy does this with everyone and I know that personally it took many years into adulthood before I spoke up for myself. It’s uncomfortable and too easy to think it’s all in your head. And arrogant fucks like this doctor take advantage of women’s socialized instinct to not speak up. All this to say speak up. Trust that thing in your gut that tells you this shit ain’t right. ♥️
She also describes how she called him out on his behavior.
Silverman said that she:
“truly [didn’t] think he was getting off on it, BUT it is his job to be aware that this is vulnerable for a woman. Wear fucking GLOVES – this isn’t a date. For him to be so arrogant that he didn’t even internalize the problem when I said something to him about it last year is obnoxious and probably a subconscious power thing if we’re getting deep.”
The doctor’s office is no place for women to be put in an uncomfortable position.
Sarah’s story has women shaking their heads with frustration while also nodding because they know the feeling.
Ever woman should read @SarahKSilverman's latest Instagram post about her recent mammogram. I've also been in medical situations where I felt uncomfortable, but didn't speak up for myself. It's fucking time women feel empowered to stand up for themselves. https://t.co/pOl9AlNxER
— Rachel Tepper Paley (@racheltepper) February 7, 2019
We all need to speak up! At age 49 I still didn’t, and a neurologist I saw after having cancer, “needed” to bare my breasts to listen to my heart. WTF? I helped get him canned shortly after. He was a pervert and I sensed it but still let the douche touch me. Ugh.
— Cat (@felinefine11) February 7, 2019
Breast cancer screening saves lives but what @SarahKSilverman endured is unacceptable. As a breast Radiologist, Im appalled at her treatment because it’s the bad experiences that dissuades people from going again. We must do better. #bcsm https://t.co/rG4q3fxSgG
— Nicole Saphier, MD (@NBSaphierMD) February 7, 2019
You are the voice of courage and empowerment for all women, Sarah Silverman @SarahKSilverman .
Comedian Sarah Silverman: 'That was my last mammogram with… any dude' via @fox8news
— Daniel Shane 1213 (@1213Shane) February 7, 2019
JUST 💖 that @SarahKSilverman! I get you g/f. I've had several ♂️ Dr's in my 56yrs who have pulled this kind of 🐎💩! Thank GOD my local @OrlandoVAMC who employs both a ♀️ 4 my annual mammogram & ultrasound exams. #KeepSpeakingUp!
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— ♀️Political Patty♀️ (@PoliticalPPatty) February 8, 2019
Omg that’s awful.
— Stacie (@DecklynsMom) February 8, 2019
sarah silverman's mammogram story bringing up too many bad doctor memories.
like when i was 19 & found a lump in my boob & when i spoke to a doctor about removing it he (with my tits out!) suggest i get a boob job while he was at it
— emily edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) February 8, 2019
Good for her! No one should have to put up with that and for sure should not remain silent.
— James Hall (@jamhall) February 8, 2019
What that man did was absolutely inappropriate. Ultrasound gel is never applied by hand. Just a glorified squirt bottle. The ultrasound wand moves the gel around. That's in. NO TOUCHY.
— Scary Betty 🥶 (@scarybetty) February 8, 2019
Women’s bodies should not be seen as sexual vessels unless the woman wants them to be seen that way in that moment.