It is sad when our society labels husbands who do not want their wives to see a male doctor for intimate health issues as jealous and possessive, but has no problems with husband who does not want the next door male neighbor to see his wife bathing naked or a plumber watching his wife using the toilet. Male doctors are no different from other men. You cannot take the "man" out of a doctor.
There are plenty of good female gynecologists women can go to today. The husband has the right to ask his wife to not go to a male doctor for intimate female health issues. His wife also has the right to ask him to not go to a female doctor for intimate things. The truth is when a woman and a man get married; they own each other’s body. Look at this verse: 1 Corinthians 7:4 (The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife). It is very special for a husband to be the only man who can see his wife naked and a wife to be the only woman to see her husband naked. The bond between a husband and a wife is stronger and very special when they choose to let each other be the only sexually mature person of the opposite sex to see and touch each other’s private parts. There is no evidence in the bible that God allows men (including doctors) to touch and see private parts of women to whom they are not married to. 1 Corinthians 7:1 makes it clear that a man should not touch the private parts of a woman who is not his wife. Also, look at this verse in Proverbs 6:29: So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.We do not support a man if he decides that his wife could not receive any medical treatment at all from a female gynecologist (let’s say that she was bleeding so much and needed treatment). Husbands have the responsibility to protect their wives from male doctors. Many male doctors have sexually abused women. Check out a web site about sexual misconduct by doctors. Look at their tips on how women can prevent sexual misconduct in medical settings.
What about Christian husbands who are okay with their wives going to a male gynecologist?
Many of those husbands who do not care about their wives going to a male gynecologist do not know really what all goes on in a gynecological exam. Also, they probably have fallen to the cultural blind spot that doctors are exempt from God's moral standards. Those men have accepted that doctors are experts on the body and that it is okay for them to do pretty much anything in name of medicine.
We encourage all husbands who are upset about their wives going to a male gynecologist to be persistent in convincing their wives to not go to a male gynecologist anymore. Check out the article, Are Male Gynecologists Biblical?
Check out this wonderful article, Holy Matrimony By Robin Phillips. Especially read the modesty section and the below paragraphs about modesty:
The Female Perspective. Some women have
told me that modesty is important to them, not only because it helps
men not to stumble, but also because it helps them place a high value
on their own sexuality. They have told me that modest apparel affirms
the true importance of a woman's sexual identity, since it proclaims
that her body is not a tame, benign, and commonplace thing. Modesty
affirms that our bodies in general and our sexuality in particular are
special, charged, even enchanted, and too exciting to be put merely
to common use. As Kathleen van Schaijik suggested in a 1999 article,
"If we revere something, we do not hide it. Neither do we flaunt
it in public. We cherish it; we pay it homage; we approach it with dignity;
we adorn it with beauty; we take care that it is not misused."
*We recommend that you consider using Hopewell Counseling for marital counseling if you have a struggling marriage due to wife using a male gynecologist. You should do whatever you can to save your marriage. Keep in mind that God hates divorce. See Malachi 2:16.
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