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Hi Wil- I know other women have already commented on this too, but I'll add my voice to the chorus. As a rape survivor, I find the TSA's new policies disgusting, invasive, and violation of my human rights. I'm sorry you went through that, and really happy you're speaking up about this issue. The issue for me isn't that the search is overly physically invasive per se; it's that I don't have a right to refuse. Sure, I putatively can refuse by not flying, but since that's not a *realistic* option, it's not really an option at all. The argument I find most annoying is that the TSA pat-down is "like going to the doctor". I always want to slap people who say that- to me that's like saying rape is like consensual sex. The difference is consent- the doctor won't touch me unless I want him or her too; the TSA agent will. It makes me ill.
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