OT: (When) have you experienced bias(es) in healthcare?

Maya Dusenbery, a writer for Grey’s Anatomy, and the author of the powerful Elle magazine article that Notorious GIGI posted over the weekend, is writing a book on gender bias in the US healthcare system and is looking for people to share their stories.

Judging from her article and the brief explanation she provides at the Google link, I’m really excited for this and am looking forward to reading the book when it comes out. In her words:

The book will offer an intersectional feminist analysis of the problem, so I’m hoping to highlight a diverse range of experiences that illustrate how gender and sex bias intersects with the many other biases of the medical system—racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, fat phobia, etc.

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If any of you have something you’d like to share with her, you can do so by following the link in her tweet.

And in the spirit of her project, please feel free to share your own experiences with biases (gender and otherwise) in medicine in the comments below.

ETA: Changed the title to reflect that, of course, not everyone feels they have experienced biases - and of course, this is important too!! If you’re one of these people, and you’ve had a good experience with medical professionals who didn’t fall prey to biases, please feel free to share your story as well. It’s always good to see examples of when (and how) medical practices ‘get it right’!

- Crap Time Lord

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