This multipaneled comic follows a woman robot preparing for a breast examination. Oil “leakage” recurs in the comic, suggesting its ethical importance in metaphorically representing a patient’s stress responses.
Figure. Woman of the Household
In the comic, oil leakage from the robot woman is like sweat from a nervous patient. Feelings of anxiety, awkwardness, and grief can be considered in addition to stress from familial and gender expectations stemming from being labeled “woman of the household” upon losing one’s own mother to breast cancer.