Dr. Doug Stein, who has performed thousands of vasectomies, travels the world to promote the procedure while facing cultural and religious resistance.
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When I received a notification from the New on Netflix Twitter feed saying the ‘The Vasectomist’ had been added to Netflix UK the synopsis really caught my eye. I thought that this was going to be a documentary about a Vasectomist who was going to promote vasectomies as a contraceptive option in countries where the procedure isn’t readily available. I was also interested to what cultural and religious resistance Dr. Doug Stein was going to face. However the documentary did not live up to the expectation at all. It was really difficult to watch and I was very tempted to turn it off several times before the end, but for you – our readers I persisted and watched it until the end.
At the start of the documentary you see Dr Stein driving to an advertising board site in Florida where he is having a poster erected to advertise his vasectomy services – namely a no needle, no scalpel procedure. I thought this was an interesting idea and was hopeful that this was going to be explained though out the documentary. However this is not explained, but what becomes blatantly obvious quite early on the documentary is that Dr. Stein is really only looking to become the man who has performed the most vasectomies in a career, setting up walk in surgeries at community centres throughout Florida.
The documentary then follows Dr Stein to remote parts of the Philippines where he sets up these surgeries, offering free vasectomies. At first this is frowned upon by many locals who are devout Catholics as it is seen as a form of contraception, until Dr Stein starts paying people, many of whom don’t seem to understand what exactly they are agreeing too, to accept the procedure again very often in community buildings. Following on from his trip to the Philippines he heads to Haiti where he again faces resistance from locals. Officials also try to stop him being allowed to offer financial incentives to patients.
I really don’t recommend watching this documentary if you get easily annoyed by Americans who think that every country should be just like America, or people who think that their beliefs are better than everyone else’s, as Dr Stein appears to be a very arrogant man who doesn’t really care about his patients. Not only that the documentary really isn’t that interesting and doesn’t explain what the reasoning behind Dr Steins beliefs other than it costs money to raise a child.
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