Date: September 10, 2019 03:20AM
I follow Dr. Jen Gunter on Facebook. She is a Canadian OB-GYN who is very vocal about protecting women's reproductive rights. She unapologetically provides abortions and has written a well-received book called The Vagina Bible.
Last night, she posted a blog post she wrote about "premarital exams" being offered by the University of Utah's OB-GYN office. Clearly, she hasn't had much exposure to Mormonism, so this concept was completely foreign and weird to her. I was heartened to see that besides me, there were a few folks who were brought up Mormon who explained.
Personally, I have mixed feelings about the "exams" myself, although I was never LDS. I don't think it's bad for young women to find a health provider with whom they are comfortable. And given how sexually repressive Mormonism is, it's not a bad thing to have a frank discussion about sex with someone in the know, although I think the same should be offered to men. But I don't think they should be "premarital exams". I think they should be regular doctor's appointments.
Hell, I think the Mormons simply need to join us in the 21st century and stop being so weird about what comes naturally. Every time I think of what it must be like to be two LDS garment wearing virgins trying to consummate their marriage after having been taught sex is forbidden, dirty, and wrong unless it's to make babies, I want to puke.
Anyway... her post is well worth a read, I think. https://drjengunter.com/2019/09/09/why-does-the-dept-of-ob-gyn-at-the-university-of-utah-offer-a-premarital-exam-for-women/?fbclid=IwAR0xQfHXK3NkVpS7wGSV195NrW1IchPNrDB7epKKxAWy4pQh62c0G0wbXJY