FEMINISM: Wellness center policies are sexist to women
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Student Health Services is personally my favorite service on campus; it’s very convenient, and the women working there are all very compassionate and great at what they do. That being said, there are some questionable policies implemented by the clinic.
If you are a woman visiting the clinic for a yearly woman’s wellness exam — it doesn’t matter how old you are, if you’ve ever been sexually active or if you plan to be sexually active — you are required to watch 60 minutes worth of informative videos about sexually transmitted diseases, safe sex and breast exams.
When you ask the nurses why they have these, they say it’s because they want everyone to be educated, which is a good thing. However, there is no equivalent of these videos for men visiting the clinic — even the ones going for STD testing.
That is where the problems with these videos begin. It is not only important for women to know these things, but men should be getting this education, as well.
There really is no logical reason for not educating men on these subjects. The fact that they aren’t being educated implies that the 60 minutes of their lives are somehow more important than the female students, or that women are inherently less intelligent and need to be told about their bodies as adults while men don’t.
Additionally, the videos are all very old. Most of them are from the 90s and have information that is now irrelevant. It’s 2016; there are plenty of educational YouTube videos a student could watch on their own time instead of skipping class or being late for work to watch outdated videos during the limited hours of availability of UL Lafayette’s health clinic.
They give a short questionnaire after the videos to verify they were watched, so there’s really no reason they couldn’t give an option for students to watch them at home.
I don’t think it’s a bad thing that the clinic tries to educate its students, but it is a bad thing that they force only women to sit through the outdated videos. Perhaps it should just be revamped with more modern videos that could be watched at home and required for both sexes — or neither.