Sarah Silverman details uncomfortable mammogram from male doctor on Instagram

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Sarah Silverman is finished getting mammograms from men.

In a lengthy Instagram post on Wednesday evening, the 48-year-old comedian described an extremely uncomfortable interaction with her mammographer. Silverman decided she was finished with male mammographers after several complaints went unacknowledged, and used her story to encourage other women to feel empowered to stand up for themselves.

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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. ♥️

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“He opened my gown and put gel on my breasts and smeared it around with his bare hands,” Silverman wrote. “Then he started talking about my chest X-ray and was pontificating with my boobs just out and covered in gel and cold.” Finally, Silverman said something.

“I said ‘Hey can we either talk about this when I’m dressed or WHILE you’re doing the ultrasound? I’m not comfortable with my breasts out just shooting the shit with you,'” she wrote. The mammographer continued, still with no gloves on, to perform her ultrasound. “When he glides the ultrasound wand thing over my breasts he drags his fingers on them and it fucking bothers me.” Silverman clarified that she had this same conversation with the man last year when he made her similarly uncomfortable.

“I said ‘Hey! Do you need to be touching me with your fingers?'” According to Silverman’s story, he said “no” and took his hands off of her before explaining that “I do that for balance.”

Silverman explained that she genuinely doesn’t think there was anything intentionally creepy about the encounter, but stressed that it is this man’s job to ensure that patients are comfortable. “It is his job to be aware that this is vulnerable for a woman,” she wrote. “This is my last mammogram with this dude. Or any dude.”

After sharing her story, Silverman pivoted to make a resounding point about women and our societal need to be polite. “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,” Silverman said. “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.”

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Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.