ewwwwe – one perspective on why women have problems as surgeons.

About 50% of the students going to medical school are women, but only a third of them want to become surgeons. Why is that?

[It is] in part because of a perceived male bias, negative attitudes of surgeons and a lack of female mentors. Once in practice, studies have shown, well over half of all women surgeons report feeling demeaned, and nearly a third say they have been the objects of inappropriate sexist remarks or advances. …
Dr. Diane M. Simeone, a professor of surgery at the University of Michigan who was a co-author of a recent article on barriers faced by women in academic surgery, agrees. “There still is a lot of gender bias in surgery, and I have seen it myself on multiple fronts,” she said

Of course, to a woman in philosophy, that can seem even hundrum. However, one particular event has brought things to a head:

A Valentine’s Day editorial in the official newspaper of the American College of Surgeons has set off a firestorm of controversy … The editorial, written by Dr. Lazar J. Greenfield, an emeritus professor of surgery at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and president-elect of the American College of Surgeons, extols the mood-enhancing effects of semen on women. It begins with a reference to the mating behaviors of fruit flies, then goes on to discuss studies on the menstrual cycles of heterosexual and lesbian women who live together. Citing the research of evolutionary psychologists at the State University of New York, it describes how female college students who had been exposed to semen were less depressed than their peers who had not, concluding: “So there’s a deeper bond between men and women than St. Valentine would have suspected, and now we know there’s a better gift for that day than chocolates.”

Ewwwe. Ewwwe. Still, it can be good to get a problem infocusl

9 thoughts on “ewwwwe – one perspective on why women have problems as surgeons.

  1. What the evolutionary psychologists are covering up are the studies which show the maravellous mood-elevating effects on males of changing diapers and doing dishes .

  2. S. wallerstein, exactly! Such activities give them a great sense of mastery over their environment.

  3. Back on the veldt, men who kept clean caves were more likely to produce healthy offspring…. and thus modern man is commanded, by evolution, to ensure that the spoons and forks are sorted correctly in the dishwasher….

  4. Mb, and yet, despite their excessively documented skills at spatial rotation, the difference between teaspoons and tablespoons eludes them. Similarly for salad forks (“the smaller ones”) and dinner forks.

  5. Betsey, Thanks. It’s distressing that Greenfield sees his resignation is due to the fact that his apologies weren’t accepted.

  6. And the majority of feminist woman wonder why the majority of men aren’t interested in feminism?

    “Mb, and yet, despite their excessively documented skills at spatial rotation, the difference between teaspoons and tablespoons eludes them. Similarly for salad forks (“the smaller ones”) and dinner forks.”

    Because you tend to sound like sexist jerks yourselves. :-/

  7. Tristin, you seem to have come to this blog with the opinions you are announcing. The complaint that men cannot tell teaspoons from tablespoons is extremely trivial. It was meant to echo silly squabbles couples have, and it is hardly a serious, sexist criticism of men.

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