Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies series, on the face of it, can be said to be playing a useful role in encouraging people to seek medical help, even when the problem is located in intimate parts of their bodies.
Indeed, a patient visiting a gynaecologist should not have a problem baring it all in order to get proper diagnosis and treatment. Whether it's a male or female doctor is largely immaterial though preferences exist.
That the producers manage to convince many patients to let their sessions to be recorded on camera and later broadcast to all and sundry, in itself is a testament of the noble intention to showcase why being shy about seeking treatment could be catastrophic.
But as a viewer of the programme, I am uncomfortable about following the conversation between the doctor and patient up to the examination room, where courtesy of the camera, I am accorded copious close ups of another person's nether regions.
I am also not exactly sure every male viewer will be looking at such explicit clips without straying into the terrain of impure thoughts, or for that matter, whether all the female viewers will be able to resist the urge to mentally do comparative analogies of the male anatomies on display.
Of course the objective here has nothing to do with exhibitionism but the subjective mind cannot be fully trusted to view the programme from a medical point of view.
So, editing out some scenes is prudent and would not erode the overall appreciation of the message, in my prudish opinion.
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