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In response to your trolls saying that we should trust doctors:
Doctors are as fallible as any other human being.
- They make mistakes, or are lazy. A friend who was recently in the hospital for an ankle surgery caught four separate doctors and nurses failing to wash their hands before touching her or their instruments. She caught her head doctor at it multiple times. Another friend who had a rarely-seen infection caused by close contact with seals was ignored by her doctor, who refused to believe that such a thing existed or that she could have gotten it. Only when the powerful antibiotics he prescribed her failed, did he pay attention to what she said.
- They believe wrong information, and perpetuate it. I had a professor (with a doctorate!) teach me information which had been publicly refuted and the study proven to have been falsified 15 years ago. You can go to various four-year graduate institutions and learn blatantly wrong information from people who haven’t bothered to keep up with the literature, or plain don’t care.
- Once you get into medical school, it is almost impossible to get kicked out. I have several friends who are medical students, residents, and doctors, and they all unanimously agree that if you don’t do something as egregious as stealing a corpse or flat-out flunking every course, you’ll pass. You’ll become a doctor. There are people who cheat their way through medical school. You know what you call them? Doctor.
In addition, medicine is a rapidly shifting field. A friend had a professor tell her that if a paper hadn’t come out within the past month, it could not be referred to as “recent” literature. That’s how quickly our understanding of medicine changes. Here’s the scary part: Publication lags behind research at a rate of about one to two years. The lag between publication and procedure is even longer. That’s why doctors still prescribe antibiotics for viral colds, despite the fact that this procedure is fingered as the leading cause in the rise of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.
Doctors are not trustworthy just because they have a lot of schooling. Be your own advocate!
This, this, THIS.
Listen, I don’t think you’re an asshole who thinks it’s funny to do something that women find scary. You’ve been raised to think that this sort of stuff is all in good fun. Not by your parents necessarily, but by culture. You’ve grown up in a country where a Super Bowl commercial for Audi suggests that girls your age actually like it when a guy they don’t really know grabs and forces a kiss on them. (Seriously - they won’t like this.) You’ve been raised in a culture that positions women as existing just for sex, for humiliation, for objectification.
So please understand that I don’t blame you for partaking in the only kind of culture you’ve ever know. At least, I don’t blame you yet. Because here’s the thing - if you didn’t realize before that this kind of stuff is harmful and hurtful to women, now you do. So think of this as a chance to make a decision about what kind of man you’re going to be.
As you continue to grow up, you’re going to have plenty of opportunities (too many) to laugh at women’s pain, embarrassment or the sexual harassment and assault we face. These moments will define you. Will you laugh along? Share a video, like a status, laugh a joke? Or will you say ‘no’, tell a friend that’s a fucked up thing to say, and walk away?
To My Male Relatives on Facebook Who ‘Like’ Sexism, my latest at The Nation (via jessicavalenti)
Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels (via larmoyante)