The Daily Show on the sacrifices being asked of Teachers and Wall Street.

Ever since the last election the Republicans that have come to power seem to be hell-bent on doing everything they can to undermine the middle class while protecting those for whom the phrase “well off” doesn’t begin to describe how rich they are. If you were to believe the news items coming out of FOX News you’d think that Public School Teachers are spoiled fat cats who earn way more than they should while the uber-rich are struggling to make ends meet what with all the taxes they have to pay.

A point driven home by this segment from a recent episode of The Daily Show:

When you see these segments played side-by-side like this the blatant hypocrisy of FOX News and the Republicans stands out in stark relief. The fact that so many less-than-well-off Republicans buy into this bullshit is the part that truly amazes me.

Jobs I’m Glad I Can’t Do: The Pelvic Model.

There are people in this world who go to great lengths to give back to the community in various ways. Some are firemen who rush into burning buildings, some are policemen who patrol dangerous neighborhoods, and some are teachers of a very specialized sort that ensure our doctors know what they are doing:

I am a Pelvic Model.

More precisely, I am a Non-MD, Gynecological Instructor.  Sort of a “professional vagina,” I use my own body to teach health care professionals how to perform gentle and effective “well woman” breast and pelvic exams.   

It’s not your typical job.  Not something you tend to see advertised in the Classifieds.  Not a profession well represented on Career Day.  Type “pelvic model” into any search engine and you won’t get a lot of hits.  (Actually, you will, but they are of the “Secretary Whores” variety.)

Despite what people first think, the Naked Job, as I call it, is not sexual.  It’s not voyeuristic, it’s not freakish, and it’s definitely not glamorous.  (Admittedly, only one person ever thought it might be glamorous – and she doesn’t get out much.)

What the Naked Job is falls somewhere between “Rewarding/Giving Back” and “Well, I Guess Somebody’s Gotta Do It.”

[…] A “Gynecological Instructor” sounds odd, yes, but face it, the only other way young doctors learn how to perform pelvic exams on a live person is to learn on their patients – i.e. you.  So, besides being an exceedingly well paid gig ( it’d have to be), it’s actually rewarding in that I’m helping make pelvic exams kinder and gentler the world over and my students are always so appreciative… how many times are you hugged at your job?

It’s a fascinating read and will make you appreciate not having to undertake the job yourself, but also glad that there’s someone out there who is.