“Because women’s work is never done and is underpaid or unpaid or boring or repetitious and we’re the first to get fired and what we look like is more important than what we do and if we get raped it’s our fault and if we get beaten we must have provoked it and if we raise our voices we’re nagging bitches and if we enjoy sex we’re nymphos and if we don’t we’re frigid and if we love women it’s because we can’t get a “real” man and if we ask our doctor too many questions we’re neurotic and/or pushy and if we expect childcare we’re selfish and if we stand up for our rights we’re aggressive and ‘unfeminine’ and if we don’t we’re typical weak females and if we want to get married we’re out to trap a man and if we don’t we’re unnatural and because we still can’t get an adequate safe contraceptive but men can walk on the moon and if we can’t cope or don’t want a pregnancy we’re made to feel guilty about abortion and…for lots of other reasons we are part of the women’s liberation movement.”
~Author unknown, quoted in The Torch, 14 September, 1987.
I just found this quote and was blown away. I don’t consider myself a radical feminist but this is so right on. I feel very lucky that the field to which I believe I was called, medicine, used to be totally male dominated. Now, medical schools nationally are 50:50 men and women, and there are some specialities in which women are heavily represented (Ob/Gyn and Pediatrics, for example). I have heard more examples than I would like of sexism and blatant sexual harassment at my hospital, directed towards medical students. I personally have not seen this, although there are some attendings, mostly older, who are a little patronizing. I don’t think it is done in a malicious fashion, I think many of them feel a little protective of us “young women” and want to make sure we’re taken care of. I find it a little charming, to tell you the truth, and I appreciate any help I can get. That said, I still work my backside off and I know I’m just as smart and capable (if not more so) than any of my male colleagues. And in the last year and a bit, I think that my abilities have been recognized in their own right. I have tremendous admiration for our older female attendings, who faced a lot more opposition to their presence then I have. And I am so glad to live in a time when my children can enter the profession of their choice, without regard to their gender.