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12/10/2013 09:02 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Are Male Gynecologists Creepy?

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BuzzFeed set some hearts aflutter, and made a few shudder, when it published photos of the man it deemed “the hottest gynecologist ever.” While some commenters swooned, others seemed disturbed by it all—“it” being the hot doc’s hotness, and, frankly, his gender. The fact that a doctor specializing in women’s health care was essentially turned into an international sex object raised an increasingly debated question: Are male gynecologists weird? More specifically, in this day and age, are they downright creepy?

Asked just that question, 28-year-old Pamela answered with a resounding “yes.” She said she’s never been treated by one and never would. The mere thought makes her uncomfortable, she added. That sentiment was echoed by Tiffany, who is in her 30s and said in an email, “My OB-GYN is a woman—all of mine have been, and that’s by design. I do think male OB-GYNs are a bit creepy.”

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