my professor spent our entire seminar whining about how there’s too many girls in our group and not enough boys. he was like “i’m not saying women can’t be good surgeons but we need more men” no, we don’t. men suck. deal with it.
CRY ALL YOU FUCKING WANT YOUR TEARS DON’T MEAN SHIT TO ME. YOUR TEARS MEAN DICK TO ME JUST SO YOU KNOW
Okay so not to be that person who adds on to a post with their own story but my mom is a doctor and when I was eleven she took me to these all-female seminar led by a woman who was the head of a hospital because my mom is an empowered and independent woman who wanted her daughter to be the same way and so there’s like thirty females surgeons in the room, all sitting around his huge circlular confrenece table and talking about their experiences in becoming surgeons
most of them were like “everyone told me I should become a nurse or a pediatrician” and “people assume that I don’t know what I’m doing” you know, your average sexist bs
one of the women’s last name was starboard (yeah I know great name) and she was talking about how even though now she was one of the most accomplished surgeons at the hospital, the male scrub techs (read: guys who didn’t go to fucking medical school) and some of the male doctors call her starbitch in the OR because they (scrub techs mostly, strangely enough) try to suggest different ways to care for the patient and she always tells them no
you didn’t go to med school and I didand so they would go out of their way to get the male doctors to treat the patient differently and then she would have to argue with him to prove what she was doing es right but sometimes the male doctor would come and take over the case anyway and this went on for a while
but then the hospital statistics changed bc this woman was literally being prevented from treating her patients bc the men were interfering and so the administrative head heard about this (she was female) and she was like y’all better stop or y’all better start looking for new jobs and then starboard was allowed to work on her patients and got the scrub techs replaced and all of the sudden, the patients were suddenly doing much better during and after surgery.
when she told this story she was like “people still call me a bitch, and maybe I am because I won’t let them walk all over me, but when you’ve got something to do, when you’ve got a life to save, you have to ignore their bullshit so that you can save someone’s fuckin life. Sexism should never stop you from accomplishing that”
and little eleven-year-old me still remembers that bc I was insecure and awkward and here was this woman who just did what she had to do and ignored all the people trying to stop here and she really was better than all the male doctors (like her patient stats were better) and I thought I should share with you this inspiring woman with the cool last name
Yes! but can i also say as someone who has had Male Pediatricians and nurses by my side during my life this goes two ways, I had a male nurse looking after me for the vast majority of the time i was in critical condition after a pulmonary embolism and he was just a saint, honestly he was amazing, and actually at the time my doctor was a female, and they worked together brilliantly, while this post is about how Women as doctors are better i just want to add that MAYBE don’t be so concerned about gender and just more supportive of people doing what they are good at, women as doctors men as nurses it doesn’t matter as long as you love what you’re doing and are good at it, that’s what can make a huge difference to a patient.
I will however add though that there is a huge benefit for women personally to have more female doctors and surgeons because…well when you’re having serious surgery/hospital stays etc it is always a bit of extra pressure taken off when as a woman i don’t have to remove clothes or get invasive procedures done by a man (i’m not saying you guys aren’t great but i don’t REALLY want an internal ultrasound done by a man) I mean you do just get on with it in the end but it’s nice to have someone of the same gender who will know generally how you feel while getting some of these things done.
Guh just my opinion, but as always tear down the gender barriers of jobs! If you can do your job well then that’s all that matters!