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The Government Says Hospitals Have to Get Written Consent for Nonconsensual Pelvic Exams and It’s About Time

April 03, 2024

One expert told Jezebel that nonconsensual pelvic exams have had a lasting toll on victims. She’s heard from some whose PTSD prevents them from going to the doctor or seeking health care altogether


What’s So Complicated About Consent? (with A’magine Goddard)

January 24, 2024

This week is the 51st anniversary of Roe v Wade and it’s so disheartening to think that there are women alive today who celebrated that victory only to have it taken away from them. But although clearly the fight is never really over, we won those rights in the past and we can win them again in the future.

At Your Cervix: A’magine Goddard on Nonconsensual Pelvic Exams on Anesthetized Patients

December, 2024

I like to think we’re living in a more consent-aware world than we used to be. We speak about the sexual ideal of enthusiastic consent required before engaging in sexual acts. And yet, recent research demonstrates that in the medical community, what happens with our bodies is often far outside that consent, with almost 90% of medical students being asked to perform pelvic examinations on patients under anesthesia. Our guest this week, A’magine Goddard, is a filmmaker whose new documentary “At Your Cervix” examines how this happens and the effects of these exams. And listeners, be aware that this episode contains frank discussions of these non-consensual examinations.

IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine

Issue December 2023
Vol 17, Number 2
Article by Katianne Williams

Filmmakers A’magine and Renée Bergan discuss the making of the award-winning documentary, At Your Cervix with Katianne Willams in IEEE’s Women in Engineering Magazine.

Jameela Jamil presents Confronting Medical Assault with A’magine Goddard

November 13, 2023

This week, Jameela is joined by director, producer and sexual educator, A’magine Goddard to discuss her award-winning new documentary ‘At Your Cervix’ that breaks the silence about the continuous violation of bodily autonomy for educational purposes. Jameela and A’magine discuss the history of gynecology and obstetrics, why non-consensual pelvic exams on patients under anesthesia must end along with the many gynecological teaching alternatives, and plenty more. A warning before listening, this episode discusses medical trauma and sexual assault.

Watch the interview of Director/Producer A’magine with Embody Work LA and the School for Ethical Touch on Instagram



A’magine discusses At Your Cervix with School of Ethical Touch and Embody Work LA.They get into the amazing work being done by the Gynecological Teaching Associates (GTAs) to provide a teaching model rooted in feedback and consent for intimate exams for med students, and by AYC’s team alongside bipartisan lawmakers to get this practice banned, one state at a time.

Watch the interview of Director/Producer A’magine, Co-producer Renée Bergan, & Legislative Advocate Livia Fry with Babz Rawls-Ivy on LoveBabz LoveTalk 



A’magine, Renée, & Livia discuss the film, medical education and culture, and activism efforts with Babz as part of the promotion of At Your Cervix being screened at the New Haven Film Festival that took place from October 15, 2023.

What People Are Saying

Jameela Jamil

“One of the most amazing documentaries I have ever seen. It was so informative. There are ties between abortion, the history of midwives vs. gynecology, so much understanding of patriarchy and gynecology in this. You really connected so many dots for me throughout the documentary where I could understand the history and see how we got here and that made me feel actually genuinely hopeful we can find our way out. It was amazing. I thank you for empowering us to take back our autonomy, and you are amazing.”

– Jameela Jamil, actress, activist, podcaster, and television host and judge 

The Reproductive Health Project of the American Medical Student Association

“At Your Cervix confronts a common and particularly egregious violation of patient bodily autonomy under the guise of medical education and training. This film makes a vitally important contribution to the much-needed exposure of rape culture in medicine, and holds the medical education system to account for perpetuating professional norms rooted in domination, control, and disregard for the universal human right of bodily integrity. We hope this film inspires medical educators and medical students everywhere to be the generation that declares, This stops with us!”

– The Reproductive Health Project of the American Medical Student Association

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Michael Walls

“This film is an excellent presentation of the harm to both patients and physicians caused by non consensual pelvic exams performed purely for educational purposes. It provides concrete, trauma-informed strategies for programs and students to ensure patient safety without compromising education.”

– Michael Walls, DO, MPH President, American Medical Student Association

Watch the interview of Director/Producer A’magine and Co-producer Renée Bergan with Aaron Michael Sanchez on ABC 1490 am KMET



A’magine & Renée discuss the film as part of the promotion of At Your Cervix being screened at the 19th Annual LA Femme International Film Festival that took place from October 19-22, 2023.

A’magine a World Where Med Students Ask Before They Touch

May 31, 2023

The film is about gynecology through the lens of gynecological education. We’re looking at medical education in the film.

How many people actually think about, “where does a gynecologist first learn to do a pelvic exam? Do I want to be the first one? Probably not.”

These doctors have to learn in some way and many of them learn with trained teachers who use their own bodies to teach in medical schools and teach in clinical settings. 

Listen to the interview of Director/Producer A’magine with Missouri State Senator Arthur and legal and reproductive justice scholar Yvette Lindgren on NPR station KCUR with Steve Kraske, Up To Date.



The exams, which occur on anesthetized patients without their knowledge, are often done by medical and nursing students who are told to perform them by their superiors. While non-consensual pelvic, prostate and anal exams remain legal in 29 states, legislation that seeks to ban the practice has gained traction in Missouri.


3 Unethical Ways Medical and Nursing Students Are Taught to Do Pelvic Exams.


Most of us don’t grow up enjoying sexual agency and bodily autonomy. In fact, it’s rare these ideas would even be talked about. Who ever hears about bodily autonomy as a child?

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