TikTok users have been involved in a debate on whether it is appropriate for a gynecologist to hang pictures of attractive men in their office and incite sexual responses from women when they are obviously going through an already uncomfortable situation.
TikToker's 'Weird' Gynecologist Puts Pictures Of Attractive Men On Exam Room Ceiling
A visit to a gynecologist is never a pleasant experience, and this is one thing that almost everyone out there will agree with. For obvious reasons, the experience is invasive and visibly uncomfortable. In fact, for many, it is literally painful and triggering.
Gynecologists usually sympathize with their patients for these reasons and usually sought out information from them beforehand to make their experience as comfortable as possible.
They also try to make the atmosphere more comfortable for their patients.
However, TikTok user Kelsey, who goes by the name @smelseylol on TikTok, caught one such example on camera, even though she found the details very weird.
While visiting her current gynecologist's office, Kelsey noted three printed black-and-white photos of subjectively attractive men.
The video shows her sliding the camera over to the pictures. She zooms on her camera to the photos, which were positioned directly over where the patient's head would be, giving them direct visual contact with the images.
Many thought the gynecologist was trying to be funny and make the environment relaxing
Kelsey captioned the video:
"At the [gynecologist] office, and he has photos of handsome men taped to the ceiling above the exam table."
"Is that weird, because it feels weird."
Few found the pictures unimpressive and thought this was mocking or sexualizing the experience.
It is true in most cases gynecologists usually prepare their offices in a manner that makes the experience for their patients relaxing and pain-free. There are some offices that will dim the lights, use incense or candles, and play music or a TV show.
While these adaptations may be helpful and relaxing to many patients, they are consensual additions to the appointment, and they inspire physical relaxation during an uncomfortable, sometimes threatening, time.
Hanging photos of "attractive" men do seem to inspire a sexual response from women who are already in a painful situation, in which case the majority of the patients won't appreciate such an action and in most cases, it won't inspire them to make a follow-up appointment.