The Doctor Doesn’t Listen to Her. But the Media Is Starting To.
Doctors have historically dismissed women’s sexual- and reproductive-health concerns. But lately, Ashley Fetters wrote recently, public discourse has begun to take those concerns more seriously.
I am 60 years old. In 1976, my university required women’s studies courses for undergraduates. In those courses, instructors presented the very same issue as this article, with the same stories and similar “people are just beginning to wake up” messages.
Here we are, 42 years later. Nobody woke up. What I’ve learned after those 42 years is that it’s not going to get better. To think that it is, to think that we can relax, that it’s all right now, that we can assume we’ll be respected and heard, could be life-threatening. Women must be vocal, be militant, be vigilant, and be political about their right to receive accurate diagnoses and appropriate health care. I think that’s going to continue to be the case for a long, long time.
El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Just as pediatric health care is separate from adult health care, I believe it’s about time women’s health care should be classified as a separate discipline, independent from men’s health care.