Women’s health

November 25, 2015

How do I know rape culture isn’t a myth? Because I live in it – Sian Norris

“I know it because I’m a woman living in a world where male violence is at an epidemic level that is killing women every day. I know it because I’m a woman living in a world where male violence is at an epidemic level that is raping my sisters every day.

“And I know it because when I talk about this, when women talk about this, we are told rape culture is a myth. We’re told we’re making it up.”

November 24, 2015

The Thing All Women Do That You Don’t Know About – Gretchen Kelly

“So routine that we go through the motions of ignoring it and minimizing.

“Not showing our suppressed anger and fear and frustration. A quick cursory smile or a clipped laugh will allow us to continue with our day. We de-escalate. We minimize it. Both internally and externally, we minimize it. We have to. To not shrug it off would put is in confrontation mode more often than most of us feel like dealing with.

“We learn at a young age how to do this. We didn’t put a name or label to it. We didn’t even consider that other girls were doing the same thing. But we were teaching ourselves, mastering the art of de-escalation. Learning by way of observation and quick risk assessment what our reactions should and shouldn’t be.

“It’s the reality of being a woman in our world. It’s laughing off sexism because we felt we had no other option.”

“We go through a quick mental checklist. Does he seem volatile, angry? Are there other people around? Does he seem reasonable and is just trying to be funny, albeit clueless? Will saying something impact my school/job/reputation? In a matter of seconds we determine whether we will say something or let it slide. Whether we’ll call him out or turn the other way, smile politely or pretend that we didn’t hear/see/feel it.

“It happens all the time. And it’s not always clear if the situation is dangerous or benign.”

November 19, 2015

Women Don’t Have To Be Raped For Rape To Shape Our Lives – Soraya Chemaly

“Girls learn to weave rape through their days in a million small ways and the costs are high. Researchers at the University of Mary Washington found that, as the result of sexual objectification, harassment, and hyper vigilance, a huge number of women experience “insidious trauma” over time, leading to negative health outcomes. If we don’t manage to “not get raped,” as is the case for one-in-five women in the U.S., and the one-in-three globally who experience physical brutality, often involving sexual assault, we live with powerful effects for the rest of our lives.”

October 15, 2015

How Doctors Take Women’s Pain Less Seriously – Joe Fassler

“Female pain might be perceived as constructed or exaggerated”: We saw this from the moment we entered the hospital, as the staff downplayed Rachel’s pain, even plain ignored it. In her essay, Jamison refers back to “The Girl Who Cried Pain,” a study identifying ways gender bias tends to play out in clinical pain management. Women are  “more likely to be treated less aggressively in their initial encounters with the health-care system until they ‘prove that they are as sick as male patients,’” the study concludes—a phenomenon referred to in the medical community as “Yentl Syndrome.” READ MORE

June 2015

HOW SEXISM AFFECTS GIRLS’ AND WOMEN’S HEALTH – Soraya Chemaly

“All over the world, women, for a variety of reasons, experience much higher rates of pain than men. More than 100 million Americans report living with chronic pain, and the vast majority are women. Yet, doctors discount women’s reports of pain. Both male and female doctors exhibit the same biases in treatment…

“…medical research continues to fail to take sex-specific issues into account, mistakenly assuming that male, mostly white male, test subjects sufficiently represent all of humanity. This discriminatory skewing of research, in favor of male physiology, has considerable impact on women’s health, including pain and pain mitigation. READ MORE

March 6, 2015

The Australian Insitute Everyday Sexism findings

“New research, released on the eve of International Women’s Day, finds that nine in ten Australian women have experienced street harassment and modify their behaviour in response.

Actions women are taking for their personal safety include everything from crossing the street to avoid strangers, to pretending to have a conversation on their phone, to grasping their keys as a weapon.” READ MORE

January 26, 2015

Sexism is making women sick – Jessica Valenti

‘This fear and anxiety that women experience isn’t simply anecdotal: women are 70% more likely than men to experience depression and we’re twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder, something Watson,who has a degree in counseling psychology, says is “absolutely” related to living with misogyny.

“Over time, existing in a state of hypervigilance has a negative impact, and leads to a higher level of psychological distress,” she explained. Watson also pointed out that the impact is much greater on women of color, who live with a different historical legacy of objectification and sexual violence.’ READ MORE

January 26, 2015

Crashing Back to Life – Rebecca Mott

“Trauma is not a mental illness, it is a healthy reaction to extreme abuse/torture and having no justice.” READ MORE

December 2013

His and Her Healthcare – Dr Paula Johnson

“Every cell in the human body has a sex, which means that men and women are different right down to the cellular level. Yet too often, research and medicine ignore this insight — and the often startlingly different ways in which the two sexes respond to disease or treatment. As pioneering doctor Paula Johnson describes in this thought-provoking talk, lumping everyone in together means we essentially leave women’s health to chance. It’s time to rethink.” TED TALK HERE

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