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Man-handling and the Medieval Mammogram Machine: Lauren Liebenberg’s Cancer Screening

Cry BabyLauren Liebenberg is the author of Cry Baby and two other novels, and also an entertaining “bloggerina and lipstick feminist”.

Liebenberg posted an article on her blog about her first mammogram. It involved awkward man-handling by a woman, an unpleasantly medieval machine and more KY Jelly than was perhaps strictly necessary.

But, she says, everyone should do it if it means getting the opportunity to grow old and watch one’s children grow up.

Read the article:

So … There I am, my right cheek squashed against a perspex screen, my torso twisted at an awkward angle to my hips, my calf muscles quivering from a balancing en pointe for so long.

“Can you just lean in a little more dear?” the radiographer asks the back of my head.

My lips are puckered up for a sideways smooch of the perspex, but I still manage to silently mouth, “F*** off!”

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