Sexism in Modern Medicine: Advantages, Disadvantages, Cost and Justice
Is there sexism in modern medicine? Many people know there was in the past and many people still think, despite laws and some changing cultural beliefs and some actions, that sexism in medicine persists. To get a full picture of extent of the concerns people have on sexism in modern medicine, I would advise my visitors to first go to the Women’s Studies listserv and read both pages posting the subscribers’ comments. The subscribers are generally professionals and present what I think is a rather balanced, informative and civil discussion of the issues. My visitors should then return to this blog and write their views on this general topic focusing on areas that they think should be changed or improved.
As I moderate this blog thread I will accept discussion of virtually all facets of whether there is sexism in modern medicine except one. That one is sexism as related to patient modesty issues. This topic is currently being well covered in my thread “Patient Modesty: A More Significant issue”. Please don’t write to that topic here but go to the Modesty thread where your comments will be welcomed.
As examples of topics which could be covered, what do you think about the roles and employment of nurses with regard to gender… the gender differences, if any, in preventative medicine or medical research… stereotypical views of the professional behavior of one gender vs the other… and so on? The discussion of sexism on the listserv noted above was in 2000, that’s 7 years ago as I develop this thread. Is there documentation of societal or professional changes since then? Any improvements?
I look forward toward a discussion of the facts and the opinions on this subject of sexism in modern medicine. ..Maurice.
The graphic on this page: I hope everyone recognizes, as public signage, the graphic could represent a public expression of sexism. Has anyone seen such a sign with a woman on it?