“You’re a good Doctor, for a woman!”
On March 9th, yesterday, women in Mexico went on “strike”, as a protest against the mounting violence against women in the country. Feminicides, rapes, home violence, abductions… The list is too long. And the numbers daunting. The date of March 9th, after International Women’s Day, was set about a month ago for a “Day without women”. At work, in the street, anywhere.
At three of the top public hospitals in Mexico city, women doctors, nurses, staff, got together to elaborate a way in which women in the health sector could participate in the movement, yet still attend patients at the hospitals. Can’t exactly leave the battle-front, right? They would still go to work, but put up “walls”, where women could post personal experiences. What do male Doctors, Directors, staff, say or do, about women in the Health sector? The results are shocking. Here’s an example of one of the walls. Don’t worry about the Spanish, I will translate a selection of testimonials to English.
One of many “walls” in 3 of the top public hospitals in Mexico city. Here’s what one testimony says:
“They’re not just pretty, they’re smart!” (Dear readers, take a deep breath, more to come)
“A doctor (male) went around saying I was a Lesbian because I refused to go out with him.”
“I’m supposed to solve my boss’s personal problems, payments, bank movements, answer messages, manage his personal agenda… I am a “Health Administration support clerk”.
“When I was pregnant, my Boss asked me not to attend a training course, because my ‘volume’ took two spots…”
“I let you go first and open the door for you, not because I’m well-mannered, just to look at you from behind…” Said by Dr…
“I‘m not a ‘girl’, Doctor, I’m an attached doctor.” (Refers to those physicians who have completed their full studies, many times have one or more specialties, and are employed full time by the hospital)
“You shouldn’t wear a dress in meetings. You distract everybody.” Said by Dr…
“I wasn’t allowed to take a training course, being pregnant. My Boss said: ‘I don’t think your husband will let you come back, so we would be wasting the opportunity'”
“There shouldn’t be female surgeons!”
“I’ve seen you pregnant more time than I’ve seen you working.” “A previous Director at the hospital on my second pregnancy.”
“Women should be in the kitchen instead of working in a hospital!”
“To General Management: don’t tell us how to conduct the protest. Don’t invite us to pose for a photo so you can pat yourself on the back. If you support us, let us decide.” (That hospital’s Management suggested to take a photo of all women on staff as a way to ‘support’ the movement.) Speaking of photograph, ‘the People’ would like to introduce the following “exhibit”:
“Look how the little sluts change when they take a bath…” On the photo of subspecialty graduation… (Hang on, still a few more to share.)
“Nurses study too, don’t think we’re the Doctor’s maids.” (The word ‘chacha’ is actually stronger than ‘maid’)
“The Boss refers to us (women) as ‘Girl’, ‘child’, ‘ma’am’, and to them (men) as ‘Doctor’) #AdayWithoutUs, #WomenInMedicine.
“Why don’t you accept you suck at Medicine and go home and clean?”
“Are you gonna stop, or how many more kids do you think you’re gonna have? (On my second pregnancy.)”
“Look, she’s fishing around. (Comments when I got divorced.)”
“Why do you stay in the residency, if you’re pregnant, better (go home and) focus on being a mother.”
“Women are made to stay home, what are they doing here, (attending patients) and trying to be researchers!!”
“Because I supported this movement, they called me ‘Feminazi'”
The People rest, your Honor. Tank you all for bearing with us so far, without punching your computer screen. This must have been one of the most difficult posts I’ve ever done. (Difficult for the accumulation of garbage.)
“Welcome to the 21st” as Traveller 3468 says. Are we really in the 21st century AD? Or in the 21st century BC? Those are three of the top Public Hospitals in Mexico, not “Redneck Clinic, Nowhere Gulch county.” Ask yourself: ‘Have I heard that before?’ Anywhere? Not just hospitals, not just Mexico? Or is it actually everywhere?
Again, thank you for reading this far. Feel free to comment and reblog at will. Share similar experiences if you so choose. This is just the tip of a very big iceberg.