While passing a café, I look into the narrow room, dimly lit inside, with blazing neon signs outside. A woman is standing on the serving counter…………..and to my horror is in the process of undressing while men sit back in the shadows and watch her emotionlessly.
Recently I had a similar experience, almost a déjà vu at a Midwestern Airport.
I have arrived at the security check point. My stuff goes through for the umpteenth time through the X rays, (since I travel a lot with the same stuff). I advance towards the security door and The TSA guy stops me and waves me towards the total body scanner.
In the scanner is a Midwestern woman in shorts and sandals standing with her arms raised above her head the way photographers ask their models to position their arms to make the bosom taut for the sexually explicit photo.
I tell the TSA guy that I am not going through the body scanner. He calls a woman twice my height who very politely and painstakingly explains “the pat down “ process to me. She is wearing blue gloves.
She asks me why I did not want to go through the scanner. I wanted to say “because I am not an idiot to want a dose of radiation nor do I have any desire to become the object of a voyeur” But I said “I am a physician, this causes cancer and it has indecent exposure of the body’
She tries to reassure me that it is safe because of “back scatter X rays” and that “strategic parts of the anatomy are covered” from the observers.
I wonder what those “strategic parts “ may be.
The bottom line is the use of total body scanners is indecent, they provide graphic and detailed view of the body of a woman or a man without clothes that can be watched by a bunch of strangers. In normal language it is called pornography, and I guess if a child or preteen is put through it the end result is child pornography.
What I do not understand is the mindset of the mid western woman in the scanner obediently raising her arms to get scanned to be visualized by all and sundry men and women when ever they want. What happened to decency, privacy and right to safeguard ones modesty.
Even as physicians we provide all kinds of cover to our patients when we examine them for disease. We don’t stand them in the middle of a street with a hundred people looking on while they raise their arms, circle around and have photos taken for the voyeurs behind the scene!
As for cancer the range is unlimited as one reviews the articles.
the most defensive ones that downplay the radiation dose being from the makers of the scanners.
For children it is even worse. Here is what Dr Brenner says: ‘If there are increases in cancers as a result of irradiation of children, they would most likely appear some decades in the future.
“I am willing to go through this to make America safe” a woman standing in front of me said once at the airport while watching an 80 year old woman in a wheelchair being almost stripped naked to go through the security door at the airport.
People have no idea when something is being instituted to make big money for few pockets, not to make America safe but to fill some pockets with a lot of money belonging to the American people.
A good business man knows that Scanners are expensive and airports are many and fear and paranoia is rampant.
The FDA has asked the Radiation control folks in the Government to come up with some answers to their questions……..not many answers are available except from the makers of the scanners who say “it is okay”
It may be okay but scientists say “it changes the DNA of your cells” which is another way of saying it creates cancer.
When will American women, Christian, jews, hindus and muslims stand up for their rights to modesty and their right not be used as objects to be looked at by TSA employees and whoever else passes by.
When will the TSA Employees question what will happen to them with these open scanners where all day long radiation is scattered back to them, and what about the passengers in line who receives some of the radiation from all of the others in and out of the scanner in front of them?
Is it reasonable to give a steady dose of radiation to all the TSA Employees as well as the travelers and make them sick with radiation and then claim that we are trying to keep them safe from a sudden death rather than a prolonged torturous and painful death from cancer.
I s this an intelligent way to keep a nation safe and healthy?
NOTE FOR ALL: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO GO THROUGH THE BODY SCANNER. YOU MAY HAVE TO ENDURE A “BODY PAT” WHICH SHOULD BE DONE RESPECTFULLY.
Muslim women can and should refuse to be scanned. May Allah protect us!