In one of my favorite books, "Smearing the Queer," the author, Michael Scarce, is talking about his experience of going through a pap smear test. A man having a pap smear test? Sure, it sounds strange, but there is a male pap smear test for those who are at risk of anal cancer, particularly for those men who have sex with men and are engaged in receptive anal intercourse. What is interesting to me in Scarce's story is his encounter with systemic barriers to get the test done as well as complications and surprises that his test has induced at all levels during the process, primarily due to the stereotype that "the pap smear test caters only to women (who are at risk of cervical cancer)." For example, the computerized billing/record system at the clinic he visited could not accept him (a male patient) since the pap smear test was recognized and input as a female-only test. This is as a result of what Scarce calls gendered technologies, based on heterosexism embedded in the society.
I also had similar experience to that of Scarce, though not as bad as what Scarce had to go through. One day I found a small lump in my right breast/chest area and went to see my primary care physician. She suggested that I would undergo mammography and have it examined by a specialist to find out whether the lump is a sign of male breast cancer. Needless to say, all the patients in the waiting room of the specialist's clinic I visited were women and I got their intense attention: "why the hell is he here?" On the contrary, the receptionists and nurses were all aware of male breast cancer, so they were not surprised at my presence at all. Fortunately, the lump turned out to be just a mere fat deposit, but I must confess that mammography was such a painful experience for real; my breast (if any!) was compressed between plastic plates for X-rays, as if it were pinched. Certainly, mammography is not a friendly technology to any gender!