Did you know that female and male reproductive organs aren’t all that different from each other? During the first few weeks of fetal development the internal and external sex organs are the same in both boys and girls. It is not until the 16th to 18th week of pregnancy that a baby’s gender can be determined. Basically, the structures are very similar – it is just the placement and purposes that vary. If you compare a woman’s cervix and the glans of a male’s penis you can see how similar they look:
When the cervix is pulled down through the vagina it looks similar to a penis – but without the skin. The cervix (followed by the uterus) is being pulled out through the vagina in the image below:
Female reproductive organs remain inside the pelvic structure while male organs descend. The descent is not complete until after birth, as male testicles do not drop down into the scrotum until about 6 months of age:
Did you know that incidence of testis cancer in men is similar to incidence of cervical cancer in women? Incidence of testis cancer per 100,000 is 6.75, incidence of cervical cancer of per 100,000 is 7.46 (Canadian statistics). Incidence of prostate cancer is much higher at 140 per 100,000.
Given the similarities between female and male sex organs . . .
Why are women’s sex organs depicted as vulnerable and in need of constant examination?
Why are men not subjected to the same pressures? Why have womens’ reproductive organs spawned such a lucrative medical industry?
Why are women subjected to invasive exams so disproportionate to the risk or to the attention given to men?
Why are women castrated at rates that are unimaginable for men?