Tuesday, November 6, 2012


I've noticed a number of constants over the last few weeks of this course.  It took me a little while because our lecturers are fun. They joke with each other, poke fun at their favorite students and make a hard (boring) subject entertaining.

They also don't see the 40% of the class that carry two Xs.

None of the students pimped are women. Not ONCE have I heard a female name called out.  There's no negativity towards us; we're just ignored.

No examples in any of the pathological examples in lecture are female bodies.

And today during an embryology lecture on the face, the composite photo of variability examples consisted of:

Men                                                       Women
1. Harry Truman                                        1. Jennifer Lopez
2. Michael Jordan                                       2. little Pakistani girl
3.  A 40 something Asian Violinist               3. a perfectly symmetrical Asian teen model
4. Dwight Eisenhower                                4. A very young Sharon Stone
5.  A Caucasian Marine                              5. Tyra Banks
6.  Morgan Freeman
7. Geraldo Rivera

Seriously, am I reading too much into this? That the examples of 'variability' for us women are 4 western-world-idealized women and a child?


  1. You're not-I definitely felt the sexism in anatomy lab (although, I made sure to nail the individuals involved in course evals and brought it to the attention of my program director). Are you still in anatomy-for some reason, that's the class I'm noticing all of it.

  2. It's the same here. I've not noticed anything untoward in any of my other classes. It's interesting because our anatomy professors are actually a generation younger than the others. You'd think they'd be more gender-aware.

    Today in lecture, Dr. Y (pseudonym) actually called on 2 women but he had to preface each time by saying "well, I guess I need to call on a girl now." Makes me think he's reading my blog...