Pelvic Exams and the Death Drive

Bodies give, and bodies destroy

Rachel Vorona Cote
Sep 17, 2019 · 6 min read
Illustration by Louisa Bertman

Housing a pair of ovaries begets all manner of peculiar circumstances, but one of the most distinct endemic oddities is the sensation of someone touching them. I was nearly eighteen before I experienced it. Until then, my reproductive equipment chiefly manifested as textual, rather than felt — jumbled words and diagrams, a sapless explanatory narrative of…