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23 February 2012 @ 09:10 am
NSFW or Not?  
This article is describing the transvaginal ultrasound device. For those not in the know, Virginia is poised to change its law to require that women who seek an abortion have to have an ultrasound. That procedure is performed with a wand-type device. Now, whether you think abortion is right or wrong, or this procedure is right or wrong, or this situation is right or wrong, that's your opinion and not what I'm addressing today.

My issue is with the article being labeled as NSFW, especially with the article going out of it's way to not only include the acronym is the URL and title, but ending the first paragraph with "WARNING: Extremely NSFW image to follow." By the time I got to that, I thought I was going to be attacked by strobe-flashing, full-screen, HD/3D images of brutality, rape, murder, and kitten torture or something. Scrolling down, what I got was an image of the device (something like a wand-type hand blender, only smaller) being inserted into a training mannequin of a female lower torso (navel to upper thigh). Obviously, yes, this showed a plastic vulvar opening.

Is this really THAT big a deal? It's VERY OBVIOUSLY a hunk of plastic for training people to use this device. Are we really so frightened and creeped out at even the tiniest idea of genitalia that we can't show a medical training model without proclaiming a warning in triplicate (once even calling it "extremely" so)? I'm not sure which bothers me more, honestly, the fact that they went to such lengths to protect the frail and sensitive public form this picture or that the frail and sensitive public is such a bunch of whiny children that the site feels they'll get deluged with all-caps, badly spelled threat e-mails if they don't.

Seriously, humans. Toughen up a little. It's NOT taboo. It's just skin and organs.
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The Green Fairy: Cat of Doomabsinthecity on February 23rd, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd have the exact same reaction you did to that sort of wording. I do hate the way that female bits and anything that might remotely relate to them are always so particularly 'taboo' as well...grrrr
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Reanimatearchmage on February 23rd, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
It just seemed so excessive. Geez, let the public know that there are fake, medical ladybits below and move the fuck on.
IcyRavens: glasseskatlyn on February 23rd, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
To answer your title question, "NSFW or Not?", the answer is Not. Sorry, but even plastic representations of genitals aren't work-safe, unless of course you are actually in those medical professions where working with them is part of your job.

Whether it's EXTREMELY NSFW is stretching it, though.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on February 23rd, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
And, yeah, I can grok that and let it go with little issue. it was just the repeated hammering of it and the "extremely" that set me off.
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God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on February 23rd, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
Sure, I'm not a complete ass (usually!), though I figure you should be, y'know, working at work. Just was amazed at how much of a disclaimer they felt they had to have.
Teri Smithkitchenqueen on February 23rd, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
What do people think that they're going to see when they read an article like that? I can imagine about 3 scenarios in which one should be reading an article about transvaginal ultrasounds at work, and none of them involve the necessity of the NSFW label. If you feel you have to label an article like this NSFW, then maybe people shouldn't be reading those articles at work. Maybe they should be, ya know, doing actual work, and reading the news on their own time.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on February 23rd, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
Now you're just being silly!
Mari Adkins: srsly catmariadkins on February 23rd, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
man i should have gotten pictures of mine january last year and posted them on my blog!!!
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: 100% Zombiearchmage on February 23rd, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
Well, as long as you don't go batshit insane with the NSFW tags, i'm all for it. :P
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on February 23rd, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
LMAO

<3 the icon.
Aaron Hoffman: pic#116118679Aaron Hoffman on February 24th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
Damn it, when I see a NSFW, I want it to be freaking NSFW! I mean, seriously, false advertising like this can seriously overexcite my twisted expectations and then BAM, or rather *poof*. Nothing. Bastards.